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If you are already a member of the Mississippi National Guard or the Army Reserves, looking to join, or are a current cadet looking for extra money and military experience, you may be able to take advantage of the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). The Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) is available to current members of the Reserve Component (Army Reserve or National Guard) or non-scholarship ROTC Basic Course cadets, MSIs and MSIIs, who wish to receive financial assistance. 

The U.S. Army Reserve Component is for those who want to make a difference to the nation as a Soldier yet retain their civilian lives. Through shared values, advanced training and experience, men and women can achieve their goals and gain an edge in their civilian careers. It gives the Army added scale, scope and capability to adapt and respond to the Nation’s challenges home and abroad.

What is the National Guard?

The Army National Guard is an elite group of warriors who dedicate a portion of their time to serving their nation. Each state has its own Guard, as required by the Constitution; in fact, it is the only branch of the military whose existence is actually required by the Constitution. Take in all of our info about the National Guard and see if it appeals to you!

To join the National Guard without prior service, you must meet these mandatory requirements:

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 35
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate
  • Achieve a minimum score on the ASVAB test
  • Meet medical, physical and moral requirements

How to join


What is the Army Reserve?

Unlike active duty, Army Reserve Soldiers serve part time, allowing them to earn an extra paycheck, go to school, or work a civilian job while still maintaining many of the benefits of military service. The Army Reserve is the Army’s pool of extra resources and personnel. Reserve Soldiers perform critical Army jobs on a part-time basis.

How to join


National Guard and Reserve Duty Scholarships

  • Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD)
  • Minuteman Scholarship (3.5 -5 years)
  • Mississippi National Guard General Scholarship