The Army’s Green to Gold Active Duty Option (ADO) is a two-year program that allows eligible enlisted active duty Soldiers the opportunity to earn a degree and a commission by completing their first bachelor’s degree or their first two-year graduate degree.
Upon acceptance into the program, Soldiers will enter the ROTC program at the school of their choice as an academic junior or first year/first term student in a two-year master’s degree program. Applicants must graduate within 21 months (may be extended to 24 months with prior approval). While enrolled in college, Soldiers are responsible for their own educational expenses including tuition, books, and fees and are not eligible to receive tuition assistance. However, Soldiers are eligible to receive any GI Bill/Army College Funds benefits they are entitled to based on their time in the service.
After earning their degree, Soldiers are required to continue to serve in the military for at least eight years, which can include three years of active duty followed by five years of service as active duty or in the Reserves.
- Soldiers selected to participate in this program will continue to receive their current pay and allowances while in the program (up to a maximum of 24 consecutive months)
- If qualified, Montgomery GI Bill/Army College Fund benefits
- Post 9/11 GI Bill
- Normal PCS entitlements
- Leadership training
- Responsibility and practical experience
- Mentorship of the Professor of Military Science
- S. citizen
- Be under 30 years of age on the date of the projected graduation and commission (waivers available)
- Cannot have been convicted of a domestic violence crime
- Have a minimum of two years active duty at the time of application as well as three months of active duty for every one month of specialized training (waivers available)
- General Technical score of 110 or greater
- Pass the Army Physical Fitness Test within the last six months with score of 180 or higher, minimum of 60 points in each event
- College GPA of 2.5
- Letter of Acceptance to school of choice offering Army ROTC
- Letter of Acceptance from the Professor of Military Science of that Army ROTC Battalion
- Favorable National Agency Check (or have initiated the action)
- DoD Medical Examination Review Board Medical Qualification
- Be eligible for reenlistment
- Not be a conscientious objector
- No more than three dependents including spouse (waivers available)
How to Apply
Applicants first must ensure they are requesting admission to their school of choice beginning in the fall semester. To begin the application process, visit the U.S. Army’s website to create a MY GOARMY account and get started. In additional to passing a medical exam, applicants must also have a favorable recommendation from his or her immediate commander and field grade commander endorsing the Soldier’s officer-like qualifications. A checklist of needed documents is available within the portal. All documents must be uploaded no later than the last Saturday of November.
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