The Green to Gold Program identifies enlisted Soldiers with officer potential and assists them in transitioning from active duty to attend college and compete for an officer commission through ROTC.
There are four different options to choose from when considering the Green to Gold Program.
For additional information please see the Cadet Command Regulation 145-6 Reserve Officers' Training Corps Green to Gold Program.
Less than 30 regular G-to-G and over 200 G-to-G active duty option scholarship applications to review. It was very competitive for the active duty option. Three board members reviewed and scored each application using a scale of 1-6. We used the benchmarks of ~3.2 GPA and 260 APFT score as a '3'.
174 (application): Encourage the Soldiers to ask their company and battalion commanders to type their recommendation. Hand written comments were difficult to read and appeared unprofessional. The best recommendations were personalized for the Soldier and spoke to their accomplishments and potential.
Letters of recommendation: LORs are not required; however, Irecommend the Soldier obtain 1-3 recommendations, scan them as a group and upload as one document to their application packet. The LORs could be an expanded recommendation from their company or battalion commander. Again, the best LORs were personalized for the Soldier, speaking to their accomplishments and potential.
GPA: GPA matters. Seems simplistic; however, many GPAs were in the 2.8-3.0 range.
APFT score: Same as GPA. Higher is better.
Personal statement: The application has a limited area for a personal statement. It was highly regarded when an applicant wrote a separate memo (and scanned it into their application) to explain a special circumstance or situation. The memos provided a venue for the Soldier to highlight accomplishments that would not be listed elsewhere in their application, such as Basic or AIT Honor Graduate, Soldier of the Month/Quarter winners, military school attendance or certifications.