Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD)


Army Reserve Ambassador Jim Bernet tells us about the Army Reserve Minuteman Scholarship.
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What is the Minuteman campaign?


What is the Minuteman campaign?

The Minuteman Campaign is a U.S. Army Cadet Command initiative to offer Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) scholarships to candidates that self-select for service in a Reserve component. The GRFD scholarship provides full tuition and fees or room and board ($10,000 per year) for up to four years at a public or private school. This program provides well-trained officers to the Reserve Components and improves the total Army force. 

If you are a high school senior interested in receiving an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship and commissioning into the Army Reserve, the GRFD Minuteman Scholarship provides you an excellent opportunity.

Types of Scholarships.

  1. 4-year scholarship may only be awarded to incoming college freshmen attending a host ROTC program.
  2. 3-year awarded to an incoming college sophomore that pays the last 3 years of benefits provided the applicant successfully meets the requirements to contract.
  3. 2-year awarded to an incoming college junior or graduate student that pays the last 2 years of benefits provided the applicant successfully meets the requirements to contract.

Scholarship recipients also receive a monthly stipend of $420, and a yearly book allowance of $1,200. In addition, Minuteman recipients participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program, which gives them experience with an Army Reserve unit while earning additional money for their service.

To get started, high school seniors should contact the Professor of Military Science or Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO) at the Army ROTC program that serves their college or university. There are 275 host programs that cover nearly 3,000 schools across the United States.

Currently enrolled Cadets participating in an ROTC program are not authorized to receive a MM nomination.  These individuals are encouraged to apply for a campus based GRFD scholarship, contact your ROTC program.

To find a program that serves your college or university, go to  Find ROTC Schools and Military Colleges |

For questions concerning the Minuteman Campaign, email GRFD Scholarship Minuteman Campaign manager or call 502-624-7695.

Deadline for all nomination letters is 04 August 2023. Nominations are only for fall 2023 or spring 2024.

*By accepting the Minuteman Scholarship, a cadet is not eligible to compete for active duty.




• Currently in the Army Reserve or eligible to enlist (meaning test and physically qualified but not sworn in)
• U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
• Between the ages of 17-28; cannot turn 31 by 31 December of the year of commissioning
• Valid Chapter 2 MEPS physical for enlistment
• Able to pass a Cadet Command Physical Fitness Assessment (required to sign contract and receive scholarship benefits)
• Be in compliance with AR 600-9 body composition standards
• Official University/College acceptance letter
• Applicants require: 2.5 GPA and SAT-850 or ACT-19 or GT - 110
• Participate in Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)
• Once commissioned…8-year service obligation actively drilling at a Unit



1.  Meet all scholarship qualifications (see above).

2.  Seek a nomination from one of the following resources:

**Army Recruiters can assist in obtaining a nominating resource.

The following information is a sample of what is needed for the nominating source:

  • Official acceptance letter from the University/College
  • ROTC Host Program: University of Kentucky
  • Academic University: Georgetown College
  • Projected Starting Term: Fall 2023/Spring 2024
  • Length of Scholarship: 2-4 years
  • Cumulative HS or University GPA: 2.5 (minimum)
  • SAT or ACT: 850(min) and/or 19(min)      **NO SAT/ACT requires 110 GT & waiver
  • ASVAB (with GT): 75 (110 GT)
  • Candidate currently Enlisted: Yes/No
  • Candidate MOSQ: Yes/No
  • Candidate enrolled in ROTC: Yes/No
  • Candidate email:
  • Candidate phone: (123) 456-7890
  • Does the candidate have a Recruiter? (Yes/No)
  • Recruiter email:
  • Recruiter phone: (123) 456-7890

The nominating source will submit the endorsement memorandum to their geographically aligned USAR Readiness Division (RD) POC.

    63rd RD    
Rosario Urquieta

    81st RD    
Martin Wells

    88th RD    
Teresa Ovalle

    99th RD    
Chanda Caro

3.  The school must be a host or be affiliated with an ROTC program.

4.  The RD POC will submit the nomination to the USACC RMID RC POC at Cadet Command.  HQs USACC will send the nominations to the brigade and the nomination will then be forwarded to their respective schools.

5.  Upon receipt of the verified Minuteman nomination letter, the ROTC Program builds the scholarship packet and verifies requirements.  All required documents are sent through their respective Brigades to USACC RMID RC POC for processing.                                              

The applicant must be test/physically qualified – Qualified Not Enlisted (QNE) with the MEPS. The applicant will not be required to swear-in until they have received a ROTC scholarship offer letter.

All Minuteman Scholarship Cadets must be an SMP participant in the USAR. All nominees will be made aware that the scholarship they are accepting is a dedicated GRFD and CANNOT BE REVOKED to allow the applicant to compete for an active-duty commission.

All scholarship offers are subject to available funding.

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