Cadet Program Options

Which Cadet Program do I qualify for?
Georgia Military College has an open admissions policy which provides the opportunity for students to apply with a minimum of academic criteria which does not require a certain score on the SAT or ACT standardized exams.  But, it is highly recommended that if you are interested in one of the specific military programs listed below, you should take one or both of these exams no later than December of your senior year of high school to gauge your qualifications for the specific program you may be interested in applying for.

All applicants start their application process in the Basic Cadet (Civic Leader) program. Applying for Admission to the college does not guarantee selection into the specific cadet program you may be interested in. In order to apply for and be selected into one of the primary military programs listed below you will need to submit additional application materials and qualify based on the specific requirements for each program.  To find out the requirements for each of these programs, go to the link below and select the program you are interested in applying for.

  • United States Service Academy Preparatory Program (GMC Scholars Program)
  • Early Commissioning Program (Army Officer Producing Program) (ROTC)
  • State Service Scholarship Program (GA National Guard Scholarship)
  • Civic Leader Cadet Program

United States Service Academy Preparatory Programs (GMC Scholars Program)
Georgia Military College has entered into a partnership with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U. S. Naval Academy (USNA) at Annapolis, MD, U. S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) and United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) in New London, Connecticut, for the purpose of providing a challenging academic preparatory program that allows qualified students to earn an appointment to the U. S. Service Academies upon their successful completion of this demanding one-year program at GMC.

The Association of Graduates from USMA offer qualified candidates to USMA the opportunity to participate in this academic preparatory program at GMC which allows qualified cadets consideration for appointment to USMA at West Point after the one year program at GMC.

The Naval Academy Foundation offer qualified candidates to the USNA the opportunity to participate in this academic preparatory program at GMC which allows qualified Cadets consideration for appointment to USNA after the one year program at GMC.

The Falcon Foundation offer qualified candidates to the U. S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) the opportunity to participate in this academic preparatory program at GMC which allows qualified cadets consideration for appointment to USAFA after the one year program at GMC.

The USCGA Scholars program “sponsors” qualified Cadets who meet all of the qualifying obligations for entrance into the service academy both academically and physically to include entering into an enlisted status with the Unites States Coast Guard.

Self-Sponsored Military Academy Preparatory Program Cadets (GMC Scholars Program)

Often a service academy may recommend that a student attend a preparatory program so the student can become more academically and physically prepared for the rigors of life at a service academy.  But in some cases, the academy does not “sponsor” these students. Qualified students enter GMC as a “self sponsored” cadet.

These Cadets can participate in an academic program that mirrors the academy sponsored Cadets. Based on the student’s success, these Cadets could submit an application for appointment to one of the service academies.  Your success in this endeavor is dependent on many factors other than academics, which could include receiving a congressional nomination, your medical qualifications by DODMERB, your standardized test scores (SAT/ACT) and most significantly, the needs of the service academy you choose to apply to.

A “self sponsored” student should declare their intentions to enter the “self sponsored” program after they apply to GMC by notifying the GMC Office of Admissions.

If you do not receive a service academy appointment, the academic credit received at GMC will transfer to a four-year college or university where you could potentially pursue a commission from another commissioning source.

To find out more about this partnership and how to apply to any of the United State Military Service Academies, go their home page below.

United States Military Academy (Army)
United States Naval Academy (Navy)
United States Air Force Academy (Air Force)
United States Coast Guard Academy

Early Commissioning Program (ECP)
Georgia Military College Army ROTC Early Commissioning Program is one of four college in the entire Nation that the United States Congress has Authorized to commission Second Lieutenants through a two-year program. In short, we are your fast track to leadership in the U.S. Army.

Entering the Early Commissioning Program means you commit to serve in the Army upon earning a commission. Following commissioning you will continue your education at a university that has a Host Partnership or Affiliate Army ROTC program.  Prior to commissioning, you can request to compete for active duty and will serve in the Reserve or Army National Guard while completing your bachelor’s degree. Our Early Commissioning Program Officer serve their country, in key leadership positions all over the world.

Early Commissioning Program Financial Benefits:
ECP Cadets may compete for an Army ROTC Scholarship of attend as a non-scholarship Cadet.
Army ROTC Scholarship offer:

  • Full tuition/Fees/Books
  • Cadet Stipend (pay $400-500/month
  • GMC Scholarship cover nearly 100% of Room and Board
  • Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) Drill pay approximately  $248/month

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) (Leadership Internship)
Scholarship Cadets in the ECP program will drill in the National Guard or U.S. Army Reserves as an enlisted Soldier in the SMP. Cadets receive E5 Drill pay for about 9 months during the year.

Education Assistance Program (EAP)
Education Assistance Program is a continuation of benefits for newly Commissioned ECP Second Lieutenant at a 4-year University/College. It covers full tuition/fees or room and board up to $10,000 per year.

Early Commissioning Program (ECP) Scholarship requirements:
ECP Scholarships will be awarded to those applicants that meet all requirements using a board selections process to determine those that are best qualified.

  • Combined SAT Critical Reading and Math scores of 1000+ or composite ACT score of 19+
  • High School Diploma with a grade point average of 2.5+
  • Meet medical entrance requirements including height and weight standards
  • Pass an Army Physical Fitness Test
  • Be a US Citizen
  • Volunteer to attend at one month prep course at Fort Knox, KY (Cadet Basic Camp) or have completed Basic and AIT

Early Commissioning Program (ECP) Cadet Activities:
ECP Cadets participate in various activities and events. A truly rewarding experience. 

  • Army ROTC Ranger Challenge
  • Rifle Team
  • US Army Ten Miler
  • Wounded Warrior 10K
  • Bataan Death March
  • All American Bowl
  • Military Ball
  • Commissioning Ceremony
  • Ruck Marches
  • Physical Readiness Training

State Service Scholarship
Recognized by the Georgia General Assembly as an institution that produces outstanding young men and women who desire to serve our state and nation with honor and distinction, the State Service Scholarship program provides qualified Georgia Residents with a full scholarship to attend Georgia Military College as Cadets while they serve part time in the Georgia National Guard. The recipients of this extraordinary scholarship are selected for not only their academic abilities but also their potential as future leaders in the Georgia National Guard.

This program provides for up to 42 new full scholarship awards annually, based on state funding allocations. We accept new applications for any new term. (Except Summer Term)

Students considering this program should fully understand their obligation to enlist and serve in either the Georgia Air or Army National Guard which requires successful completion of Basic Military Training and also an Army Military Occupational School (MOS) or an Air Force Technical School to learn a selected job skill. After which they are required to serve a minimum of one weekend per month and a 15 day training period during the year (summers typically) as a member of a military unit while they attend GMC as a full time cadet, living on the Milledgeville campus and participating in the Army ROTC program as well.

Benefits of this program include:

  • A $47,000 college education for the two years of attendance at GMC
  • Military Drill Pay
  • Opportunities for outstanding military training that can possibly translate into civilian job skills
  • The honor of serving your community, state and nation as a member of dedicated organization

***NOTE: This is not a commissioning program, but many of the Cadets who complete this program have received a ROTC Scholarship at their follow on college or university and earned a commission as Army officers.

Application Requirements for the State Service Scholarship Program are:

  • Be a legal resident of Georgia for a minimum of 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the date of the term at GMC the student plans to enroll. (Based on HOPE residencey requirements)
  • Qualify for regular admission to GMC
  • Have a minimum, high school cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 and also have a minimum total score (Critical Reading and Math) of 800 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), or Composite of 17 on the American College Test (ACT).
  • Be of high moral character and demonstrate good citizenship as evidenced in a letter of recommendation from an administrative official of the high school where the applicant is enrolled at the time the application is made, or from which the applicant graduated.
  • Meet mental and physical health standards required for enlistment in the Georgia National Guard.
  • Be nominated by your local State Representative of State Senator

To apply for a State Service Scholarship, download the application from the Georgia Student Finance Commission by clicking here, print it, and follow the instructions on the first page.

Civic Leader Cadet Program (no military service obligation)
The Civic Leader Cadet program is designed specifically for those students who wish to enroll at GMC as a cadet but without incurring a military service obligation. These Cadets realize that military training offers them something that attending a regular college cannot; a small school environment but with an added bonus. This added bonus is an opportunity to live a disciplined lifestyle while gaining practical experience in leadership and organizational management. Cadets learn within the context of a military college environment while preparing for future civilian careers.

They are provided opportunities for leadership development and have staff members and faculty who mentor them and guide them so that they learn how to be more self-sufficient as citizens and students. Civic Leaders participate in all cadet activities and enjoy both the collegiate atmosphere and the structured cadet living experience.

Admissions requirements for the Civic Leader Cadet program are:

  • 2.0 High School Grade Point Average or GED equivalent, or be in good academic standing at the college you may transfer from.
  • Be capable of participating fully in the structured cadet physical fitness and activities program.
  • Be under the age of 26 in order to live on campus as a cadet.
  • Have no significant legal issues.

What if I want to play football at GMC?
GMC has one of the top Junior College football programs in the country. Since 1991, over 436 players have started here at GMC and successfully moved on to higher levels of athletic achievement to include the National Football League.  Go to this link to see the success of our program.

Without exception, all football players MUST participate in the GMC Corps of Cadet program.  A majority of players enroll in the Basic Cadet program and incur no military service obligation.  But the benefits of being a Basic Cadet will last far beyond your days on the gridiron.

How do I try out for the football team?
Three times per year, the GMC coaching staff conducts an athletic prospect combine (tryout). In order to be considered for an opportunity to be on the team, a potential player must attend one of these prospect combines and then be selected by the coaching staff as a “preferred player.” These combines are usually conducted in March, June and November of each year. If you have questions about the football program or the tryout program contact the GMC Junior College Athletic Department at