Selection for the Platoon Leaders Class

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  1. robertj96

    robertj96 Member

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    Generally, how competitive is it to be selected for the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class? Could someone that has been accepted to or has attended college with the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class please post a list of academic and extracurricular achievements (such as grades, test scores, athletics, clubs, extracurricular activities and positions, etc.)? I feel as if I couldn't get into the U.S. Naval Academy or receive an NROTC Scholarship on what I have done in high school, so far, so I want to see if there's a chance that I could be selected for the PLC Program. Thank you very much.
     
  2. cpdibari

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    Much more competitive!

    Just as a word of caution, the PLC Program has become much more competitive in my district in just the past three years. I was looking at stats from the past listing selected candidates with 250 scores on the PFT. This year, apparently, they're looking for 285 and above.

    I applied this year, and I have not heard back whether or not I have been selected. Your best bet is to talk to an OSO (https://officer.marines.com/rmi). He/she will be able to let you know what the stats are for PLC selection as well as give you guidance on how to put up the best package.

    I would STRONGLY recommend you apply for all commissioning sources possible if you really want to lead Marines. You need to be able to walk into the OSO's office and say that you have exhausted all opportunities thus far, and you still have the drive and determination to be a Marine Corps officer. Your OSO will begin evaluating you from the second that you initiate contact with them, and they WILL use it in their recommendation.
     
  3. bsherman92

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    cpdibari, I think we fall under the same district (Manhattan?), although my school is handled by the East side office. Best of luck to you.

    As tpg said, PFT score is not the final determinant, but it is arguably the largest component for selection. To illustrate this, the minimum score to have your application shipped is a 225, which is the lowest possible score to be classified a 1st class PFT. Most OSO's won't ship an application unless the PFT is a 245+. A stable, competitive score in recent years was considered 275. Clearly, the closer to 300, the better. The board will simply throw out an application with a PFT lower than 225, and a 225 on the dot is not a likely candidate. To further emphasize the PFT score, they were accepting 2.0 GPA applicants a few years ago as long as their PFT scores were well above the average. In addition, all officer candidates have a different minimum to hit on each event as opposed to the normal PFT mins: 8 pull-ups, 80 crunches, and less than a 24:00 3-mile run, as opposed to 3, 50, and 28:00. Of course, that doesn't mean those three scores combined equal 225... An 8, 80, and 23:59 PFT equals 184, in fact. So don't shoot for those! It can be argued that extracurriculars, academics, ASVAB score, SAT, ACT, etc are secondary to PFT, although not that far off. I agree with the above advice; applying to PLC should be only after you've exhausted all other commissioning sources (other than OCC, of course), even though it is fact that PLC is the largest commissioning source for the Marine Corps. Depending on the officer accessions of the given year, selection can be very competitive or very lenient; it all depends on how commissioning turns out from the Naval Academy and NROTC-MO. Most offices will hold PT improvement sessions for those applicants who need to get up there. The OSO should be willing to work with you. Best of luck on the PFT and your eventual goal.
     

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