ROTC vs PLC

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Rhino35, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. Rhino35

    Rhino35 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2009
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    1
    I have a son that is attending a university in his first year on an ROTC Marine option scholarship. His desire is to fly in the Marines. He heard today that it is tough to get the flight option after ROTC with the marines but going thru the PLC program could make it happen....any thoughts....and if this is true what happens to the scholarship
     
  2. hockeyguy21

    hockeyguy21 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2008
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    0
    I am certain that there are many here to correct any mistakes to the following comments, so feel free.
    Also as a father of a Marine option freshman.

    It is my understanding that both are going to end up where their effort and class placement takes them. NROTC group will probalby know each other as they go through different MOS. PLC will have a lot crammed in a short period of time. (Pay me now or pay me later :)

    Did a PLCer make that comment to your son?
     
  3. Rhino35

    Rhino35 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2009
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    1
    Not sure where comment came from..he just called and made that statement to me. What exactly is PLC without sounding to uninformed
     
  4. Just_A_Mom

    Just_A_Mom Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2006
    Messages:
    4,826
    Likes Received:
    2
    There is a PLC guaranteed aviation program. PLC is basically a summer internship program. You do all your training in the summer. You don't take ROTC so you can attend any college - you can also get money for school but maybe not a full scholarship.

    The guaranteed aviation program basically qualified you for aviation before you make a commitment to military service (unless you have received money for your education).
    If you pass the flight physical and aviation test then when you commit they will guarantee you that you will be chosen for aviation.

    http://officer.marines.com/marine/m.../commissioning_programs/platoon_leaders_class

    http://www.marionmilitary.edu/programs/plcii.da
    Don't be too quick to switch. It could be that every MC ROTC mid who wants and qualifies for aviation gets it. There is a need for MC pilots.
    With the PLC at least you would know if you were qualified before making a commitment to serve.
     
  5. NROTCDAD55

    NROTCDAD55 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2009
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ask the Battalion Commander

    When my daughter and I met with three different NROTC units this summer, they were very forthcoming about the MOSs that their grads were being placed in. Every one stated (admittedly talking about Navy option mids) that if one wanted aviation and was physically qualified, he/she got aviation. They were even able to give me offhand stats as to the prior three graduating classes. Since your s is already in a program, he should inquire as to the luck that unit has had in placing its people.

    Again, since our focus was on Navy option, admittedly it could be VERY different for Marines; however, I would think that the Commander or XO keeps track of where their grads go after commissioning.
     
  6. Rhino35

    Rhino35 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2009
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    1
    Thanks to all who took the time to reply to my inquiry. It is much appreciated..
     
  7. buff81

    buff81 Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Messages:
    2,644
    Likes Received:
    263
    I have friend whose son is a Freshman at a state school on NROTC scholarship. He really wants to fly for the Navy, but he recently became aware that there may not be any availability for him to be a pilot through NROTC. Not familiar with PLC, but would that be an option for him with the Navy? Saw JAM's post , but didn't know if the same applies for Navy. Any suggestions?
     
  8. Just_A_Mom

    Just_A_Mom Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2006
    Messages:
    4,826
    Likes Received:
    2
    The PLC program is Marine specific.
     
  9. buff81

    buff81 Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Messages:
    2,644
    Likes Received:
    263
    tpg - Thanks for the website reference. It looks like a good place for my friend to start in looking at some other options.
     
  10. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    Messages:
    1,019
    Likes Received:
    2
    Actually, USNA gets USMC flight spots guarenteed

    Look at the statistics...
    Recently, the 1047 members of the Class of 2008 chose the following service and warfare specialties to enter after graduation and commissioning:

    Naval Aviation: Pilot training -- 224 men and 33 women;
    Naval Flight Officer training -- 82 men and 16 women.
    Marine Corps Aviation: Pilot training -- 77 men and 6 women;
    Flight Officer training -- 2 men.

    Surface Warfare: conventional -- 185 men and 66 women;
    Nuclear power -- 23 men and 14 women.
    Marine Corps Ground: 113 men and 19 women.
    Submarine Warfare: 121 men.
    Navy Restricted Line and Staff Corps: 8 men and 1 woman, including midshipmen not physically qualified for the unrestricted line duties above, elected specialization in aviation maintenance duty, cryptology, intelligence, supply corps, civil engineering corps and meteorology/oceanography.

    Medical Corps: 7 men and 3 women.
    Special Warfare (SEAL): 24 men.
    Special Operations (diving, salvage and explosive ordnance disposal): 14 men and 1 woman.
    Interservice commissioning in the U.S. Air Force: 4 women.
    Interservice commissioning in the U.S. Army: 2 women.
    Interservice commissioning in the U.S. Coast Guard: 2 men.

    It's from http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/choices.htm
     
  11. TWinter

    TWinter Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2008
    Messages:
    62
    Likes Received:
    0
    Just to add more facts to the mixture, I have important information for people considering PLC as an aviation option.

    ALL aviation slots for PLC/OCC have been cancelled until further notice. If you have already contracted for PLC (split or combined) under Air then you can go. If you haven't contracted, then you will not be able to get an Air option.

    My OSO guestimates the slots opening up again around the winter class of OCC 2010. This is apparently because certain officers over-estimated the attrition rate of flight school and the Marine Corps now has too many pilots.
     

Share This Page