Marine Ground Selection

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  1. cpdibari

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    Is there any information on how many Midshipmen list Marine Corps Ground as their first choice? Generally, do Midshipmen who want to be Marine officers get to be Marine officers?

    Currently, I'm working through the PLC-Ground program in case I am not granted an appointment to USNA. However, if my goal is to be a Marine Corps officer, would it be better to take my chances at Navy, or stick with PLC?
     
  2. NavyHoops

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    There was a thread a few weeks ago regarding Service Selection that you can read regarding percentages of those who get their top pick. Can't remember exactly but I think the number thrown around was approximately 85% got their first or second pick. If I remember right my class had around 185 Mids want USMC ground and we had 155 spots. The percentage of Mids who can select USMC is dictated by Congress. My class was just over 17% and I think they are at around 21-22% now. I think I read that around 210 Mids got USMC ground this year. I would not be surprised to see those numbers start to drop with the USMC Reduction in Force. But as you can see in the other forums on this site other commissioning sources are all facing reductions.

    The decision can only be yours, if your goal is to be a USMC officer then pursuing every path possible is wise. The Academy does an amazing job of preparing Mids for commissioning as Marines. If that is your goal and you do well academically, in summer training, and do the things needed to become a Marine (great physical fitness, Semper Fi club, Leatherbeck, etc) then I would see no reason why you would not be selected. Now remember even if you do get a contract for PLC, you still have to successfully complete OCS. As numbers tighten for spots, OCS can see high attrition rates to weed the field. I think the biggest difference is the experience. PLC is normal college with some summers doing OCS and some interaction with an officer recruiter. The Academy you are surrounded by amazing SNCOs and Officers from the Navy and Marine Corps, are living in a military environment, have great summer training opportunities, training during the school year, mentorship opportunities, leadership training and opportunities. Also if you come to USNA and end up getting really hurt or decide you want to be a submarine officer there are other commissioning options also. You blow out a knee at OCS, so long and good luck getting back after a year or two, its not impossible but hard. That is the key difference between the two. Did you also apply for an NROTC MO scholorship? The choice can only be yours, but remember to not only look at percentages, but what do you want in your college experience?
     
  3. cpdibari

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    Thanks for the info! I'm definitely super moto to go Marines. The only reason I'm doing PLC now is because I wasn't admitted to USNA last year. This is a "Plan B" for another QNS letter this year. I thought about MO NROTC, but my college lacks a NROTC program, and I already have a full scholarship. Therefore, if I were to transfer and do CP MO Midshipman, I don't know if it would be the best fiscal decision. In PLC I can pursue a commission while maintaining my scholarship.

    Though with PLC I am more worried about injuries, RIFs, etc. If offered a appointment to USNA I would readily accept it. In my mind, I'd rather have a (more) certain commission in the Navy or Marine Corps, than just a maybe in the Marine Corps.

    I have a friend who's a 4/c MO NROTC Midshipman who recommended that I just stick with PLC because it's a "guaranteed" Marine commission, even though PLC is no guarantee by any means.

    The quantitative data you provided was what I needed, but your question gave me my answer. What do I want from college? A strong, regimented military environment-not what I'm getting now in PLC. This is the reason I applied to USNA again this year.

    Thanks again for your help.
     
  4. NavyHoops

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    No problem. It sounds like PLC is the right path definitely with a scholarship. Good luck with reapplying. I hope it works out. If not you are on the right path. If PLC is the path good luck with OCS. A huge huge part of OCS is running... ensure you are a good runner. It will make the other parts easier. Try any chance you can to supplement your leadership experiences and exposure to Marines. Just reading books on the Commandant's List and taking opportunities to meet former Marines are great ways to increase your exposure about the Marine Corps. Good luck!
     
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    Son is doing PLC and SIP. Two years not admitted with nominations and really good grades. Daughter is doing TBS currently. Every path for individuals to achieve their goal should be pursued.
     

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