Need PLC feedback

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  1. SGTLee

    SGTLee Member

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    Hi - I've been on and off this board for a good 1.5yrs and it's been a treasure-trove of information. Long story short, my DS is a freshman at one of the SMC's and did not receive the national scholarship for Navy/ Army. However, as of today he secured a PLC contract after a lengthy application process including all medical/physical testing...He was sworn-in and all...but says he still has to be 'selected' by the board for OCS? Is there a thread that covers an overview of the PLC program, it's benefits, etc???
    Thx!!!
     
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  2. kinnem

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    There is a selection process for PLC and I'm sure it's done by a Marine Board.

    You can find info about PLC here: https://www.marines.com/becoming-a-...rams/four-year-colleges/platoon-leaders-class

    or here: http://usmilitary.about.com/cs/marinetrng/a/marineplc.htm

    or you can google USMC PLC. PLC is a great backup plan for someone who doesn't wein a scholarship and doesn't achieve advanced standing. I also know of folks who were in NROTC MO but whose grades were suffering so they decided to go the PLC route.
     
  3. SGTLee

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    Thanks Kinnem...I did see these pages before but it seems that many of the financial benefits are "may receive up to..." vs the AROTC / NROTC being very clear about what the offer if selected. My DS said that since he contracted today he is up for the board selection this November and then if chosen, is considered "selected" (and is then going to the two summer OCS/PLC "camps"). I just do not know how the timing works and does tuition assistance begin after he completes the first summer training? Just trying to get more clarity....Thx.
     
  4. kinnem

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    I did a little more research. One figure you see kicking around is $2,985. That's clearly the pay they receive while at OCS. I do NOT know if that's before any uniform deductions or after. I also don't know if that's total pay over the course of the two summers of the pay they receive each summer. These are good questions for DS to ask the OSO or do more research on.

    The second number I see is
    I expect this refers to this program: http://www.marines.mil/Portals/59/Publications/MCO 1560.33.pdf

    You might also consider asking your questions here in case someone who did PLC hangs out there... or the questions may already have been asked and answered there: http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/index.php?forums/ots-ocs-plc.64/

    Hope this is helpful. If you're able to figure some of this out a post here or on the PLC threads to summarize it would be helpful
     
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    SgtLee: I assume MCO 1560.33 applies. It covers the Marine Corps Tuition Assistance Program and an applicant becomes eligible to apply after completing one summer training increment.
     
  6. Wilco

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    Echoing Kinnem and USMC Grunt, good for your son Sgt. Lee! PLC used to be the largest percentage of commissioning officers for the USMC. Still may be? Used to get PLC BDUs, boots, PT gear, duffel for no cost, along with travel fare to training. Uniform charges may have changed. Along with the TAP after PLC 1, which came in after me, sounds like he may also be able to get the additional monthly stipend now $150? That is also in addition to the pay he will draw at PLC for the 2 summers. In college I regularly PTd in a.m. with NROTC USMC option guys. PLC we had no academic commitments during school year. Also got a few credits for the PLC summer course, college dependent on acceptance. Thing with PLC is you do not have the cadre on campus with you like ROTC. So you have to stay proactive sometimes with your Lt. or Capt. I also had contact with the NROTC instructor. There was a thread the other day on reserve vs. active duty commissions and service for USMC officers. USMC Grunt and Navyhoops are more up to date on that info and other things here that may not be correct.

    Obviously should have also included Kinnem who has a newly minted 2nd Lt (NROTC scholarship marine option) at TBS right now!
     
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  7. USMCGrunt

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    Yes, I was so intent on finding some information I forgot... Congratulations to your DS SgtLee!
     
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