(a) Classification of institutions hosting Senior ROTC Units.
Educational institutions hosting senior ROTC units maintained by the Military Departments shall be classified as essentially military or civilian colleges or universities.
The classification MC shall be assigned to units established in:
Essentially military colleges or universities that, for purposes of qualifying as an MC under 50 U.S.C. App. 456(a)(1):
Confer baccalaureate or graduate degrees.
Require a course in military training throughout the undergraduate course for all qualified undergraduate students.
Organize their military students as a corps of cadets under constantly maintained military discipline.
Require all members of the corps, including those nonmembers enrolled in the ROTC, to be habitually in uniform when on campus.
Have as their objective the development of the military students' character by means of military training and the regulation of their conduct in accordance with the principles of military discipline.
In general, meet military standards similar to those maintained at the Military Service academies.
The designation “all qualified undergraduate students,” under paragraph (a)(i)(B) of this section means all physically fit students except:
Female students who waive their right to participate as provided by Pub. L. 95-485, section 809.
Students who are not liable for induction by virtue of having honorably completed active training and service.
Students who are pursuing special undergraduate courses beyond 4 years after completing the required military training.
Certain categories of students who are excused specifically by administrative decision and approved by the ROTC unit commander.
The classification CC shall be assigned when units are established at civilian colleges and universities that are not operated on an essentially military basis, but that confer baccalaureate or graduate degrees.
The classification MJC shall be assigned when ROTC units are established at essentially military schools that provide junior college or junior college and high school instruction, but DO NOT confer baccalaureate degrees. Those units shall meet all other requirements of an MC. (See Pub. L. 88-647).
(b) Qualifying for the special rate of commutation.
To qualify for payment at the special rate of commutation instead of uniforms, an institution classified MC or CC shall meet in addition to paragraphs (a) (1), or (2), respectively the requirements below. An institution classified an MJC shall meet, in addition to paragraph (a)(1) (except paragraphs (a)(1)(i) (A) and (B)), the requirements below:
Organize and maintain within their undergradute student bodies a self-contained corps of cadets.
Require all members of the corps of cadets to be in appropriate uniform at all times while on the campus.
House all members of the corps of cadets in barracks separate from nonmembers.
Require all members of the corps of cadets to be under constantly maintained military discipline on a 24-hours-per-day, 7-days-per-week basis.
Require all physically qualified members of the above corps of cadets to be enrolled in the basic course of ROTC, except:
Female students who waive their right to participate as provided by Pub. L. 95-485.
Students who are not liable for induction by virtue of having completed honorably active training and service.
Certain categories of students are excused specifically by administrative decisions.
Other students whose enrollment is prevented by provisions or appropriate regulations of a Military Department.
MCs, CCs, or MJCs may be paid the special rate of commutation only for those members of the corps of cadets meeting the requirements set forth in paragraph (b)(1), who are enrolled in ROTC. The requirements of paragraphs (b)(1) (iii) and (iv), may be waived for married students, graduate students, and day students who are not housed with the corps of cadets. Day students are those ROTC cadets who are authorized by university officials to reside off campus within a reasonable commuting distance to the university.
Institutions designated as MCs may enroll into the ROTC, of the appropriate Military Service, those students who, for various reasons, are not required to be members of the corps of cadets. These institutions shall receive, for such student only, the standard commutation rate. The special rate shall be authorized for eligible females who elect to participate as enrolled senior ROTC cadets, provided that the requirements of paragraphs (b)(1) (ii), (iii), and (iv) are met or unless these requirements are waived under the provisions of paragraph (a)(1)(ii)(E).
(c) Subsistence allowance and commutation rates—
(1) Subsistence allowances.
Payment that is made by the Military Departments instead of rations to each contract cadet enrolled in the advanced course and for each scholarship cadet enrolled in the basic or advanced course.
Payments are as prescribed in the DoD Military Pay and Allowances Entitlements Manual, part 8
, chapter 4. The following rates are established for payment of subsistence allowance:
Except when on summer fiel training or practice cruises, when subsistence in kind is furnished, or when otherwise on active duty, the subsistence allowance for each enrolled member of the advanced training program in the senior ROTC shall be $100 per month for not more than a total of 20 months.
Except when on summer field training or practice cruises, when subsistence in kind is furnished, the subsistence allowance for each cadet or midshipman appointed under the financial assistance program for specially selected members, under the provisions of Pub. L. 88-647, shall be $100 per month for not more than a total of 20 months during the basic course training program and $100 per month for not more than a total of 20 months during the advanced course training program unless the individual has been authorized extended entitlements under the provisions of Pub. L. 98-94. The $100 per month subsistence may be authorized for not more than a total of 30 months during the advanced course training program when an extended financial assistance entitlement is approved by the Military Service Secretary of the Military Department concerned.
(2) Commutation instead of uniforms.
Commutation is payment made by the Military Departments to an institution instead of the issue of uniforms to ROTC cadets in accordance with Pub. L. 88-647. Certain MCs, CCs, and MJCs that maintain senior ROTC units may elect to receive commutation instead of Government clothing. In such instances, the commutation rate shall include not only the uniform, but the procurement, receipt, storage, maintenance, and issue of the uniform as outlined in paragraph (c)(2)(xi), and shown in Appendix B.
The Military Departments shall develop the commutation rates and establish procedures for their review on an annual basis. The review shall be scheduled during May so that the current unit price list disseminated by the DLA during the previous December of each year can be used to develop the commutation rates and made available to institutions for use at the beginning of the fall term. The commutation payment shall be made to the institutions based on the number of students enrolled and in attendance for at least 60 consecutive days.
Commutation rates for uniforms shall be based on the latest approved items of clothing for each climatic zone and computed using the formulas listed in Appendix B. Appendices C, D, and E are examples of the application of the various formulas to determine the amounts that can be paid to qualifying institutions.
Standard commutation rates for the basic course (first 2 years) of the senior ROTC shall be payable in the indicated amount on an annual basis not to exceed 2 years to CCs that offer Military Science (MS) I and II or equivalent. The rates shall be paid after cadets have been enrolled 60 days.
Standard rates for the advanced course cover the 2-year period that each member is enrolled in advanced course training in the senior ROTC (Appendix D). These rates shall be paid after cadets have been enrolled for 60 days in the advanced course. Commutation funds for camp uniforms, if paid, shall be in addition to payments for the advanced course.
Special rates of commutation shall be paid for students enrolled at MCs, CCs, or MJCs fulfilling the requirements of paragraph (b).
Special rates of commutation shall be identical for all the Military Services for those qualifying institutions defined in paragraph (b). These rates shall be three times the highest standard rate submitted by sex and course from the Military Departments for climatic zones 1 or 2. Each Military Department shall submit special rate estimates for zones 1 and 2 to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (ASD(FM&P), or designee, not later than July 1. The special rates shall be announced by the ASD(FM&P), or designee, not later than August 1 of each year.
Special rates of commutation for students enrolled in the basic course (MS I and II or equivalent) of MCs, CCs, and MJCs shall be paid on an annual basis not to exceed 2 years. Special rates for students enrolled in the advanced course (MS III and IV or equivalent) of MCs, CCs, or MJCs shall be paid for the 2-year period that each member is enrolled in the advanced course.
Commutation for the basic course and the advanced course shall be paid based on Appendices C and D, respectively.
One-half of the special commutation rate shall be paid to the institution for those students enrolled in the second year of the advanced course for whom the institution previously has not received commutation.
The standard rates shown in Appendix E for summer field training are not subject to the special commutation rate adjustment.
Commutation of uniform funds may be expended to support ONLY the following activities:
Procurement, receipt, storage, and issue expenses not to exceed 10 percent of the cost for standard uniform items in quantities as prescribed by the Secretary of the Military Department concerned, or distinctive uniforms and insignia as prescribed by those institutions that meet the requirements of paragraph (b). Marking up or raising the price of that paid by an institution when items are purchased from military inventories is not authorized.
Alteration and maintenance of the uniform, which is defined as laundry, dry cleaning, renovation, alterations and sizing, not to exceed $10 per uniform.
Salary payments to the property custodian for custody of uniforms purchased with commutation funds. Such custodial fees shall not exceed the specified percent of the commutation funds received against the actual enrollments in each course listed below for the immediate past academic year:
(1) 15 percent of basic course.
(2) 5 percent of advance course.
(3) 5 percent of field training (when applicable).
Purchase of hazard insurance to protect uniform inventory against loss.
Unexpended commutation of uniform funds is the balance remaining after all commitments or obligations relating to the immediate past academic year and the amount of retained uniform commutation funds (see paragraph (c)(2)(xii)(A)) have been deducted. The unexpended balance shall be computed as of July 1 each year. Commitments or obligations relating to new year procurement, maintenance, or other allowable activities may not be charged against the unexpended balance. As an exception, the unexpended balance may be used for paying bills for procurements of past academic years that are submitted AFTER the cutoff date of the report required by paragraph (c)(2)(xii)(C).
The amount of unexpended uniform commutation funds an institution may retain from 1 academic year to the next for continued financing of the uniform program is the greater of $3500 or 20 percent of the uniform entitlement for the immediate past academic year.
Accumulated funds that exceed this limitation shall be returned to the Military Services.
As of July 1 of each year, a uniform commutation report DD Form 2340, “Annual Report on Uniform Commutation Fund” shall be completed by the institution receiving commutation funds and submitted to the appropriate authority for each Military Service by July 31.
(1) The uniform commutation report shall include a detailed list of expenditures, total funds available for the immediate past academic year, including the unexpended balance from the last report, an explanation of any monetary adjustments and errors, the balance of funds on hand, and the amount being refunded to the appropriate Military Service as the unexpended balance, if any. The report shall be coordinated with ROTC unit commanders and signed by the appropriate institutional official who maintains records of the receipt of funds.
(2) All records on the receipt and expenditure of commutation funds shall be subject to periodic audit and inspection. Institution officials shall be responsive to recommendations made.
Inspections shall be conducted when an ROTC unit is initially established at an institution that does not already host another Military Service ROTC unit. Inspections shall ensure that only those institutions that meet the requirements of paragraphs (a)(1) or (3), are awarded the MC or MJC classification and only those awarded MC, CC, and MJC classifications that meet the additional requirements of paragraph (b) shall be authorized the special rate of commutation instead of uniforms. Inspections of established units at MCs, CCs, and MJCs shall be conducted on an exception basis.
The Secretaries of Military Departments shall prescribe specific inspection procedures applicable to ROTC units of their respective Military Services.
When discrepancies are noted at institutions, their classifications shall be subject to review for resolution or withdrawal by the Secretaries of the Military Department concerned. In the instance of withdrawal of classification, the appropriate Military Service's review of, and final notification to, the institution shall be within 30 days of the date the discrepancy was noted.