Georgia Military College
Georgia Military College (GMC) is a United States Military Junior College, high school, and middle school in Milledgeville, Georgia. GMC is one of five military junior colleges that participates in the Army's Early Commissioning Program. Cadets who graduate from GMC's two-year, military science-oriented curriculum receive an officer's commission in the U.S. Army. Although GMC is a state funded institution, it is not part of the University System of Georgia or the Technical College System of Georgia. The junior college was established in 1879, and later added a preparatory school for students in sixth grade through twelfth grade. The main campus in Milledgeville serves approximately 275 full-time, resident ROTC students (the Corps of Cadets) and several hundred commuter students. GMC's five centers and two extension offices in other parts of Georgia serve nearly 4,000 students. GMC's military preparatory school for commuter students in and near Baldwin County has approximately 250 middle school students and 250 high-school-level Army Junior ROTC (JROTC) Cadets. The preparatory school's ACCEL Program (formerly known as Joint Enrollment) enables qualified seniors to attend classes at the junior college and the high school simultaneously, while earning credit for both their high school diploma and their college degree. The ACCEL Program is administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission. Corps of Cadets Georgia's second capitol building, 1937. Now part of Georgia Military College. GMC's Early Commissioning Program (ECP) is specifically designed to enable students to become a Second Lieutenant in the US Army after the first two years in college. GMC offers funding specifically to help pay costs for Corps of Cadet members on the Milledgeville Campus. The State Service Scholarship Program provides 39 full scholarships to qualified Georgia residents with an interest in military service as well as a quality college education. The program is funded through the Georgia General Assembly. Scholarship recipients are required to become members of either the Army or Air National Guard and must be nominated by a member of the Georgia General Assembly. These scholarships cover tuition, fees, rooms, board, books and supplies. Scholarship winners must join the Corps of Cadets and participate in Army ROTC. Army ROTC Scholarships are also available for qualified cadets interested in the Early Commissioning Program (ECP). These scholarships are funded through ROTC and cover tuition, fees, and an amount for books, plus a monthly stipend. There are various options for ROTC scholarship based on the student's desire for active duty or reserve component duty. After completing studies at GMC, a transfer scholarship is available for those GMC graduates desiring to complete their 4-year degree at Georgia's senior military college, North Georgia College and State University (NGC&SU) in Dahlonega, Georgia. Georgia is the only state in the country to have both a senior military college (NGCSU) and a military junior college (GMC). Combined, GMC and NGCSU currently have almost 900 cadets pursuing a commission in the U.S. Army. One of the ways in which a student can become an ECP cadet is to attend the Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The course is four weeks long and the Cadet will be paid by the U.S. Army for completing the course. Between the Cadet's freshmen and sophomore years, the Cadet will attend the National Advanced Leadership Course (NALC) at Fort Lewis, Washington. Following NALC, the Cadet may be able to attend additional training with Army units all over the world and in the United States. After completing required training, the Cadet is commissioned a U.S. Army officer at the end of his/her sophomore year. The ECP program allows Cadets to become Commissioned 2nd Lieutenants two years earlier than normal ROTC Cadets and even West Point Cadets. These Commissioned Army Officers can then serve in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard. After completing their four year degrees, they will be promoted as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army. They will go to the Army Officer Basic Course as a 1st LT while other ROTC and USMA grads are only a 2nd LT. GMC opened its modern barracks (dorm) facility in January 2007 for the 275 students that comprise the Corps of Cadets. A new academic building and dining hall have recently been completed.