Green to Gold

Army ROTC - Green to Gold

The Army Green to Gold Programprovides Enlisted Soldiers an opportunity to pursue a commission as an Army Officers. Soldiers can work toward either a baccalaureate or graduate degree while participating in the ROTC leadership program. Green to Gold options are: 

  • Green to Gold Scholarship Option – Selected Soldiers will leave active duty status to attend college. This can be a two, three, or four-year program. The Army will provide full tuition and fees or room and board (capped at $10,000), $600 per semester for books, and a monthly stipend ($420). 
  • Green to Gold Active Duty Option – Selected Soldiers will remain on Active Duty and be reassigned to the university location. The soldier must be able to complete their degree requirements in two years.  Soldiers will retain their current pay and allowances while completing their last two years of school. The Soldier is responsible for paying for the cost of attending school (tuition, fees, & books); most Soldiers elect to use their GI benefits to cover the cost of school. 
  • Green to Gold Non-Scholarship Option – Qualified Soldiers will leave active duty status to attend college. The soldier must be able to complete their degree requirements in two years. The Army will provide a monthly stipend ($420). All expenses are the Soldiers responsibility; most Soldiers elect to use their Post 9/11 GI benefits to cover the cost of school and provide a living allowance. 

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  • Green to Gold Non-Scholarship Checklist: Documents required to validate eligibility for the Non-Scholarship Option.  There is no centralized board for this option.  It is a local process completed between the East Carolina University Recruiting Officer and your local commander. 
  • CC form 174R (2015 version) 
  • CC form 228 (Financial Statement) 
  • Affidavit format 
  • Medical Examination Process: Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) 
  • Active Duty Option (ADO) & scholarship applicants: 
  • Scheduling your DODMERB examination: Once a Soldier’s application has advanced to “Board Ready” status his/her name will be forwarded from US Army Cadet Command to DODMERB.  DODMERB will then email the Soldier contact information of a contracted medical facility and will assist the Soldier in scheduling of the physical examination.  It is the Soldier’s responsibility to follow the guidance given by DODMERB to complete all required physical processing requirements. 
  • Non-Scholarship applicants: 
  • Active Duty Soldiers can complete the examination by visiting their local military physician; follow these detailed instructions on completing each form. Once it is completed the soldier must give the examination to the local ROTC representative (physical must be approved by DODMERB prior to acceptance and discharge). 
  • Should be completed by a military physician (must be signed by an Army Doctor) 

Web site: 

  • Waiver Matrix 
  • Routing formats for waivers.  The following DA 4187 examples provide details for filling out the front and back pages based on which headquarters is the approving authority: 
  • Age Waiver up to 32 years at graduation 
  • Civil Waiver (traffic fines more than $250) 
  • Dependent Waiver (3 or more children, or dual military with children) 
  • Re-enrollment into an ROTC program 
  • Age Waiver 33-39 years at graduation 
  • Civil misdemeanor; any adverse disposition 
  • ACT or SAT Waiver 
  • Grade Point Average Waiver 
  • Dependent (Sole parent; joint custody) 
  • Active Federal Service 
  • Age Waiver above 40 years at graduation 
  • Training Service Obligation Waiver 
  • Time in Service Waiver (under 2 years of active service)