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Green To Gold

​If you're an enlisted Soldier, Army ROTC can help you continue to grow and learn. The Army Green to Gold program provides unique options for Soldiers interested in pursuing baccalaureate degrees and earning commissions as Army Officers.

The Army Green to Gold program is designed to offer Enlisted Soldiers in the Army the opportunity to earn commissions as Army Officers. This program offers enlisted Soldiers two unique ways to earn a baccalaureate degree:

  Green to Gold Scholarship Option — For Soldiers who are considering leaving Active Duty to attend college.
  Green to Gold Active Duty Option — For Soldiers who want to remain on Active Duty and attend college.

The Green to Gold Active Duty Option Program is a two-year program that provides eligible, Active Duty enlisted Soldiers an opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree and be commissioned as Army Officers upon receiving the appropriate degrees.


If you are selected for Green to Gold Program, you may obtain early release from Active Duty. Army Regulation 635-200, Chapter 16-2, provides for the honorable, early discharge of Soldiers so they can enroll in an Army Senior ROTC program.
The early discharge may be up to 30 days prior to the start of school. Terminal leave is NOT authorized.


  • You must meet the requirements of the Green to Gold Program. 
  • The separation authority must ensure that you meet the criteria, have served honorably and possess Officer attributes. 
  • You must agree to the stipulations of the terms of the USAR enlistment contract or ROTC student contract. Otherwise, you will be in breach of your contract and subject to involuntary order to Active Duty to complete the prior service remaining and/or the scholarship contractual obligation. If you are a scholarship Cadet, you may be required to repay the scholarship benefits received in lieu of Active Duty service.​