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 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.

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


Early Commissioning Program
Information being currently being updated

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. The application deadline is March 10th of each year.

National Guard Service

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.

US Service Academy Preparatory Programs

Georgia Military College has entered into a partnership with the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) in New London, Connecticut and the United States Military Academy at West Point, 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 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.

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

Self-Sponsored Cadets

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.

Admissions requirements for the USCGA Scholars Program:

• Be US citizen
• A 3.0 grade point average from high school
• A combined 1100 SAT Score (Critical Reading and Math only) or a composite 24 ACT score
• Meet the basic physical requirements for military entrance (height/weight)
• Be pursuing a nomination to a service academy through a member of the US Senate or House of Representatives.

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.

GMC Academic Program for CGA Scholars

First Term
Second Term
Third Term

To find out more about this partnership and how to apply to the US Coast Guard Academy Scholars program, go their home page below.

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