DA Form 597-3 Army Senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (Rotc) Scholarship Cadet Contract

DA Form 597-3 - also known as the "Army Senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (rotc) Scholarship Cadet Contract" - is a Military form issued and used by the United States Department of the Army.

The form - often mistakenly referred to as the DD form 597-3 - was last revised on July 1, 2005. Download an up-to-date fillable PDF version of the DA 597-3 below or request a copy through the chain of command.

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ARMY SENIOR RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS (ROTC) SCHOLARSHIP CADET CONTRACT
For use of this form see AR 145-1; the proponent agency is DCS G-1
DATA REQUIRED BY THE PRIVACY ACT OF 1974
Title 10, USC, Sections 2005, 2101 through 2111, and 3013. Title 5, USC, Section 301.
AUTHORITY:
To specify the contractual agreements and obligations and to document contracting in the Army Senior Reserve
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE:
Officers' Training Corps Scholarship Program.
This form will be maintained in the cadet's Military Personnel Records Jacket and becomes a permanent part of the official
ROUTINE USES:
personnel records as confirmation of enrollment, contracting, obligation and agreements.
Disclosure of the information requested in this contract is voluntary. However, applicable portions must be
DISCLOSURE:
completed if you desire to be enrolled in the Army ROTC Scholarship Program.
PREAMBLE
This contract represents an agreement entered into between the United States Army and the Reserve Officers' Training
Corps (ROTC) scholarship recipient (cadet) named herein, with the consent of the parent or guardian if the cadet is
under the age of 18, to effect the cadet's participation in the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps Program. It is hereby
agreed by both parties, the United States Army and the Cadet, that the sole purpose of the ROTC scholarship program is
to produce officers for the United States Army. Entry into this program is a serious commitment. This commitment must
be made with the resolve to attain a commission. If there are any doubts about the prospective cadet's ability or
determination to fulfill the terms of this contract, then this contract should not be executed. In consideration of the mutual
benefits, which will accrue to the parties hereto by reason of the cadet's participation in the Army ROTC and later service
in the United States Army, the parties agree to the terms below.
CONTRACT
A STUDENT'S NAME
. STUDENT'S NAME
(Last, First, MI)
D. NAME OF EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION
B. SSN
E. ADDRESS OF EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION
C. DATE OF BIRTH (YYYYMMDD)
H. ADDRESS OF RECORD
(Include ZIP Code)
F. DATE EDUCATION
G. COMPLETION DATE
COMMENCES (YYYYMMDD)
(YYYYMMDD)
I. ACADEMIC MAJOR IN WHICH DEGREE IS TO BE ATTAINED
J. EXTENDED BENEFITS
K. PERIOD COVERED
L. DATE APPROVED
M. AUTHORIZED
RECEIVED
(YYYYMMDD)
PART I - AGREEMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ARMY
1. DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY AGREEMENTS . In consideration of the agreement in Part II below, the Department
of the Army agrees to--
academic years (provided funds are
a. PAY SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS . Pay for a period of
appropriated by Congress) the following:
(1) TUITION AND FEES . Tuition and educational fees up to an annual amount of $
.
(2) BOOKS AND LABORATORY EXPENSES. A flat rate of $
, which may increase
during the period of this contract, will be reimbursed as established on an annual basis by the U.S. Army Cadet
Command, for textbooks, and laboratory expenses. This will be payable on the first day of enrollment for all returning or
previously enrolled cadets. The flat rate for new award winners will be paid promptly upon completion of the 45-day
requirement or upon validation of the scholarship contract whichever is later. (Any items the cadet believes are needed
that would exceed this rate must be purchased with other than Army funds.)
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DA FORM 597-3, JUL 2005
DA FORM 597-3, AUG 2004, IS OBSOLETE.
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ARMY SENIOR RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS (ROTC) SCHOLARSHIP CADET CONTRACT
For use of this form see AR 145-1; the proponent agency is DCS G-1
DATA REQUIRED BY THE PRIVACY ACT OF 1974
Title 10, USC, Sections 2005, 2101 through 2111, and 3013. Title 5, USC, Section 301.
AUTHORITY:
To specify the contractual agreements and obligations and to document contracting in the Army Senior Reserve
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE:
Officers' Training Corps Scholarship Program.
This form will be maintained in the cadet's Military Personnel Records Jacket and becomes a permanent part of the official
ROUTINE USES:
personnel records as confirmation of enrollment, contracting, obligation and agreements.
Disclosure of the information requested in this contract is voluntary. However, applicable portions must be
DISCLOSURE:
completed if you desire to be enrolled in the Army ROTC Scholarship Program.
PREAMBLE
This contract represents an agreement entered into between the United States Army and the Reserve Officers' Training
Corps (ROTC) scholarship recipient (cadet) named herein, with the consent of the parent or guardian if the cadet is
under the age of 18, to effect the cadet's participation in the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps Program. It is hereby
agreed by both parties, the United States Army and the Cadet, that the sole purpose of the ROTC scholarship program is
to produce officers for the United States Army. Entry into this program is a serious commitment. This commitment must
be made with the resolve to attain a commission. If there are any doubts about the prospective cadet's ability or
determination to fulfill the terms of this contract, then this contract should not be executed. In consideration of the mutual
benefits, which will accrue to the parties hereto by reason of the cadet's participation in the Army ROTC and later service
in the United States Army, the parties agree to the terms below.
CONTRACT
A STUDENT'S NAME
. STUDENT'S NAME
(Last, First, MI)
D. NAME OF EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION
B. SSN
E. ADDRESS OF EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION
C. DATE OF BIRTH (YYYYMMDD)
H. ADDRESS OF RECORD
(Include ZIP Code)
F. DATE EDUCATION
G. COMPLETION DATE
COMMENCES (YYYYMMDD)
(YYYYMMDD)
I. ACADEMIC MAJOR IN WHICH DEGREE IS TO BE ATTAINED
J. EXTENDED BENEFITS
K. PERIOD COVERED
L. DATE APPROVED
M. AUTHORIZED
RECEIVED
(YYYYMMDD)
PART I - AGREEMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ARMY
1. DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY AGREEMENTS . In consideration of the agreement in Part II below, the Department
of the Army agrees to--
academic years (provided funds are
a. PAY SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS . Pay for a period of
appropriated by Congress) the following:
(1) TUITION AND FEES . Tuition and educational fees up to an annual amount of $
.
(2) BOOKS AND LABORATORY EXPENSES. A flat rate of $
, which may increase
during the period of this contract, will be reimbursed as established on an annual basis by the U.S. Army Cadet
Command, for textbooks, and laboratory expenses. This will be payable on the first day of enrollment for all returning or
previously enrolled cadets. The flat rate for new award winners will be paid promptly upon completion of the 45-day
requirement or upon validation of the scholarship contract whichever is later. (Any items the cadet believes are needed
that would exceed this rate must be purchased with other than Army funds.)
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PART I - AGREEMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY (Continued)
(3) PAYMENT TERMS .
(a) Scholarship payment for tuitions and fees will be made if the cadet remains actively enrolled as a
scholarship student on the 45th day after the start of each academic year. The 45-day waiting period applies only
to the first term of each academic year (usually the Fall semester/quarter). T he waiting period will not apply to the
second semester or to second/third quarters. If the cadet enters into a scholarship contract after the 45th day of
the first term of the academic year, he or she is immediately eligible for scholarship benefits payments.
(b) After the 45-day waiting period, payment for tuition and fees will be made to the beginning of the
term, or the date the cadet began the term, whichever is later, provided that this contract is consummated before
the end of that term.
(c) If the educational institution will not defer the payment of tuition and other fees until the 45th day
after the start of classes, the cadet is responsible for payment of the tuition and fees. The Army is not obligated
to pay any late fee incurred as a result of the cadet's failure to pay the costs of tuition and fees prior to the 45th
day.
b. PAY MONTHLY SUBSISTENCE. Pay a subsistence allowance for participation in the scholarship
program for 10 months of any academic year (or the actual duration of the academic year, whichever is shorter)
at the rate of $
per month for MS I cadets; $
per month for MS II cadets; $
per
month for MS III cadets; $
per month for MS IV cadets; and $
for MS V cadets. These
rates are generally prescribed by law and implemented by the Secretary of Defense and may change during the period
of this contract. Entitlement is not to exceed--
(1) 50 months for a 5-year scholarship. (or extended benefits under 4-year scholarship)
(2) 40 months for a 4-year scholarship.
(3) 30 months for a 3-year scholarship.
(4) 20 months for a 2-year scholarship.
c. PAY FOR ATTENDANCE AT LEADER DEVELOPMENT AND ASSESSMENT COURSE
(LDAC).
Provide
a daily rate of pay, which is prescribed by law for cadets of the United States Military Academy and implemented by
the Department of Defense Military Pay and Allowance Entitlements Manual (DODPM), for the period that the cadet
attends LDAC.
NOTE: Payment for travel from the cadet's home of record to the school listed above is not authorized under this
scholarship contract. (EXCEPTION: The only exception is for four-year, Military Junior Colleges (MJC), and
Green-to-Gold scholarship recipients who are paid for one time travel from home of record to school to accept an
appointment as a scholarship cadet and to enlist in the USAR Control Group (ROTC)).
d. PROVIDE TRAINING . Provide the cadet with U.S. Army-sponsored and -funded Reserve Officer Training.
e. DELAY ACTIVE DUTY FOR GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL STUDY
. The obligated period of active duty
this contract requires may be delayed upon commissioning, if the cadet's application for resident graduate or
professional study is approved, until completion of the authorized delay.
f. COMMISSION AS AN OFFICER . Upon satisfactory completion of the academic, military, and all other
requirements of the Army ROTC program, a cadet may be appointed as a reserve officer in the Army in the grade of
second lieutenant.
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PART II - AGREEMENT OF SCHOLARSHIP CADET CONTRACTING IN THE SENIOR ROTC PROGRAM
2. GENERAL CADET AGREEMENT. As the ROTC scholarship cadet named above, I hereby agree to do the
following:
a. ENLISTMENT AGREEMENT. As a condition for membership in the Army ROTC Program, I agree to
enlist in the Reserve Component of the United States Army (with an assignment to the USAR Control Group
(ROTC)) for a period prescribed by the Secretary of the Army.
b. ENROLLMENT AGREEMENT. I agree to enroll in the necessary courses and successfully complete,
within the prescribed time, the requirements for the degree in the academic major stated above. I agree to remain
enrolled in and successfully complete the ROTC program, including LDAC and all training as prescribed by the
Secretary of the Army or his/her designee, as a prerequisite for commissioning.
c. FULL-TIME STUDENT AGREEMENT. I agree to remain a full-time student in good standing at the
educational institution named above until I receive my degree. A full-time student is defined as one enrolled in
sufficient academic courses to obtain sophomore, junior, and senior academic status at the end of each appropriate
one-academic-year increment for the duration of the scholarship. This includes the required Army ROTC classes,
which may be part of or in addition to those courses required for my degree. If I desire to transfer to another
institution or take a leave of absence from the continuous performance of this contract, I agree to obtain prior written
approval from the Professor of Military Science (PMS).
d. ACADEMIC GRADE POINT AVERAGE AGREEMENT. I agree to maintain, at a minimum, a cumulative
academic grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 or equivalent scale. This grade point average must also be
maintained for each semester or quarter. If I am required by my academic major or by the school I am attending to
maintain a higher cumulative and semester or quarter grade point average, I agree to maintain that higher standard
until the completion of the academic requirements for my degree. I understand and agree that failure to maintain
the minimum academic grade point average may subject me to disenrollment from the ROTC program.
e. ROTC COURSES GRADE POINT AVERAGE AGREEMENT. I agree to maintain at least a 2.0 on a 4.0
or equivalent scale, cumulative and semester or quarter academic grade point average in all ROTC courses. I
understand and agree that failure to maintain the minimum ROTC courses grade point average may subject me to
disenrollment from the ROTC program.
f. MEDICAL AND PHYSICAL FITNESS STANDARDS.
(1) I agree to maintain eligibility for enrollment and retention in ROTC and commissioning, as
defined by statute, Army regulation, and this contract, throughout the period of this contract. I agree to meet and
maintain the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) standard and the screening weight or body fat percentage required
by the Army Weight Control Program as required of active duty soldiers each year and prior to attendance at ROTC
LDAC. These will be continuous requirements that I must continue to meet until the date that I report to Officer
Basic Course (OBC) or a Reserve Component unit and thereafter. Commissioning eligibility standards, including
the APFT and Army Weight Control Program standards, are subject to change, and I must keep myself informed of
such changes through contact with the PMS. I understand and agree that failure to maintain the weight and
physical fitness requirements may subject me to disenrollment from the ROTC program.
(2) I agree to undergo precommissioning drug and alcohol screening tests, normally administered
during LDAC training, or as may otherwise be prescribed by U.S. Army Cadet Command. If the result of any test is
positive, I will be subject to disenrollment from the ROTC program.
(3) I agree to undergo testing for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) antibody during my
precommissioning physical examination; normally during LDAC training or as the U.S. Army Cadet Command may
otherwise prescribe. If the result of the testing is confirmed positive, I will be disenrolled from the ROTC program.
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PART II - AGREEMENT OF SCHOLARSHIP CADET CONTRACTING IN THE SENIOR ROTC PROGRAM (Continued)
g. NURSE CADET AND ARMY MEDICAL SPECIALIST CORPS CADET ADDITIONAL AGREEMENT. I
agree, if I am a nurse candidate or a medical specialist corps cadet, to complete a baccalaureate program from an
accredited and approved educational institution with an academic and clinical curriculum in English. I also agree to
complete my ROTC training requirements by my projected commissioning date and accept, if offered, a commission
in the USAR. I further understand that if selected for active duty in the Army Nurse Corps or Army Medical Specialist
Corps, I must first pass the professional degree and licensing exam requirements set forth in relevant Army
regulations prior to entry on active duty for my particular specialty. If a nurse cadet, I will take the exam not later than
60 days after graduation. If I fail the exam, I must retake it within 120 days after the first exam. If I fail my nurse
licensing examination for the second time, I will be branched based on the needs of the Army.
3. ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
I further understand that--
a. DISCLOSURE OF DISQUALIFYING CONDITIONS. By executing this contract, I represent that I meet all
eligibility criteria for contracting in the ROTC Program and commissioning, as defined by statute, Army regulation, and
this contract. I represent that I have disclosed or will disclose any and all pre-existing medical conditions and
non-medical conditions that would make me ineligible for enrollment in the ROTC program as specified in statute,
Army regulation (including but not limited to AR 145-1)s and this contract. If I am ineligible for contracting in ROTC
based on a particular medical or non-medical condition, but such ineligibility may be waived, I must obtain an
approved waiver before executing this contract. Failure to have disclosed or to disclose any disqualifying condition,
including any conditions I should have known about, will subject me to disenrollment from the ROTC program and
possible recoupment of scholarship benefits. I certify that I have been notified of the Department of Defense
Homosexual Conduct Policy, and I understand that my sexual orientation does not make me ineligible for contracting
with the Army. Therefore, nothing in this paragraph requires a disclosure of my sexual orientation in violation of the
Department of Defense Homosexual Conduct Policy as addressed in AR 600-20.
b. NATURE OF DUTIES AND CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR STATUS.
My acceptance of the terms and
conditions of this agreement signifies my readiness to bear arms, to engage in and support combat operations
and to operate and support operations of approved weapons systems. If I at any time apply for and receive
conscientious objector status, I will be disenrolled from the program. If conscientious objector status is
approved, my failure to complete the service obligation within this contract will result in my disenrollment, at
which point I may be required to reimburse the United States Government for advanced educational assistance
expended on my behalf.
c. CADET OBLIGATION.
(1) CADETS. I understand and agree that I will incur an active duty and/or reimbursement obligation
after the first day of my MS II year (sophomore year) if I am a three-, four- or five-year scholarship recipient; after the
first day of my MS III year (junior year) if I am a two-year scholarship recipient; or after the first day of my MS IV year
(senior year) if I am a one-year or less scholarship recipient.
(2) GREEN-TO-GOLD CADETS.
If I was conditionally discharged from the active Army to become a
scholarship recipient, I am obligated and may not voluntarily withdraw from the ROTC program from the date of
discharge without incurring an active duty or reimbursement obligation.
(a) If I am an MS I/freshman and I am disenrolled from the ROTC Program for any reason, I
may be returned to active duty for the time not served on my original active duty enlistment when I was separated to
accept the ROTC scholarship. If I have less than one year remaining on my original active duty enlistment and am
not returned to active duty, I may be required to repay scholarship funds expended on my behalf.
(b) If I am in the ROTC program beyond the MSI/freshman year and am disenrolled, I may be
returned to active duty or I may be involuntarily ordered to active duty as stipulated in paragraph 6 of this contract. In
case of personal hardship, I may request return to active duty in my enlisted status to serve
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out the time remaining on my original active duty enlistment contract instead of the active duty obligation stipulated
in paragraph 6 of this contract.
NOTE: If I am a cadet with prior service, I understand that I will be required to serve any unexpired portion of my
previous statutory enlistment obligation. The unexpired portion of my previous statutory enlistment obligation runs
concurrently with my contractual military service obligation under this contract.
4. CADET AGREEMENTS UPON PROGRAM COMPLETION. Upon completion of all requirements for
appointment, to include medical qualification, all prescribed military science courses, LDAC and any other training
that may be prescribed by the Secretary of the Army or his or her designee, I agree to, as prescribed by the
Secretary of the Army, complete the following requirements:
a. ACCEPTANCE OF APPOINTMENT. I agree to accept an appointment, if offered, as a commissioned
officer in the USAR or ARNGUS, in accordance with governing Army regulations. I understand that upon
appointment, I will incur a total military service obligation not to exceed eight (8) years and cannot resign such
appointment before completion; however, this obligation may be met in a variety of ways as outlined below. I
further understand that active duty service may include worldwide assignment and assignment that involves
combat or exposure to nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons.
(1) ACTIVE DUTY ASSIGNMENT. Serve up to 4 years on active duty as a commissioned officer
in the U.S. Army or for a period as prescribed by relevant Army regulations based on the needs of the Army,
followed by service in the Reserve Component as set forth in relevant Army regulations, until the remainder of my
eight-year contractual military service obligation has been served.
(2) RESERVE COMPONENT DUTY ASSIGNMENT. Serve a short period of active duty or active
duty training if appointed for duty in a Reserve Component. If I am not selected for extended active duty, I will
complete an officer's basic course for branch qualification. This will be followed by service in a Reserve
Component Unit (ARNGUS or USAR), which has Monthly Unit Training Assemblies and an annual training period
of approximately two weeks until the remainder of my contractual military service obligation has been served.
(3) UNAVAILABILITY OF TROOP PROGRAM UNIT ASSIGNMENT. If I am fulfilling my
obligation through Reserve Component duty and an appropriate troop program unit assignment is not available or
becomes unavailable in either the U.S. Army Reserve or the Army National Guard of the United States, I agree to
participate as a member of the Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) program by serving at least twelve (12)
days, excluding travel time, on annual training each fiscal year as directed by the Human Resources Command
- St. Louis (HRC-St Louis). If it is determined that neither an appropriate unit nor an IMA assignment is available, I
agree to participate as a member of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) by serving up to twelve (12) days of
training each fiscal year until such time as an appropriate unit or IMA assignment becomes available or until the
expiration of my contractual military service obligation. I may be required to travel the distance specified in Army
regulations to fulfill my contractual military service obligation.
(4) THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD COMBAT REFORM INITIATIVE
(ANGCRI).
If I am offered
the opportunity to participate in the Army National Guard Combat Reform Initiative (ANGCRI), I understand and
agree that in return for participation in the ANGCRI program, I will serve my remaining service obligation in an
Army National Guard unit, in lieu of completing my active duty service obligation, including mandatory service
requirements as prescribed by Federal statute, Army regulation, and my ROTC contract. Furthermore, if I
voluntarily, or because of misconduct, fail to complete my obligated Reserve service in an Army National Guard
unit, the Army may require me to return to active duty to complete the remainder of my service obligation or the
Army may seek recoupment against me.
b. APPLICATION FOR RESERVE COMPONENT DUTY ASSIGNMENT.
I understand that I may apply
for a Reserve Component appointment and request service on active duty or service with a Reserve Component
Unit (ARNGUS or USAR) at my discretion. However, my selection for the appointment and service shall be
determined according to the needs of the Army at the time that my requested appointment is considered. Further,
specific career field choices and branch assignments cannot be guaranteed but will be made according to the
needs of the Army no earlier than 12 months before commissioning.
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