Marine Corps; Platoon Leaders Class

Discussion in 'OTS/OCS/PLC' started by gabetrini, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. gabetrini

    gabetrini Member

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    Compared to the time obligations, as a college student, that being in NROTC entails, how does that compare to being in the PLC program? Is the PLC program a big time commitment like NROTC is? More laid back? Do you have PT sessions with your OSO weekly? In general, how do PLC program obligations compare to the NROTC obligations?
     
  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    To my knowledge there are no obligations with the PLC programs other than to attend the summer sessions, stay in shape (implied), stay healthy and keep your nose clean. The summers at OCS are definitely not laid back. The second summer session you will be right along NROTC MO midshipmen. I do think PLC students are almost certainly allowed to work out with the poolees (enlisted prepping for boot). Doesn't hurt to talk to an OSO now to get official answers. Be sure not to get recruited for basic.... sometimes recruiter are interested in their aims, not yours.
     
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  3. gabetrini

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    Okk, thank you
     
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    rocatlin 5-Year Member

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    No obligation unlike NROTC Marine Options -- although if you don't want to be obligated, then why bother going to the senior course. There is also a 10 PLC if you decide that route after your sophomore year.

    PLC candidates often work out with poolees. The candidates in our area also have trained with Marine Option mids. PLC groups from across the district often have their own PLC only get togethers.
     
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  5. gabetrini

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    Yeah, I'm currently thinking about the 10 week PLC Combined program my junior-senior Summer of college
     
  6. gurban

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    Hi Kinnem. :) My son is at a SMC (VT). He is not obligated to be in the Corps of Cadets as PLC contract. He still is though. He wants the discipline, structure, and the workout regiment. He is a VT Raider. They treat him no different and expect no less from him. He's at OCS right now and loving it. 2 weeks left. He will attend another 6 week session next year. Yes, if you don't attend as a Jr (or if you are sent home for medical) then you attend as a rising Senior for a single 10 week session.
     
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  7. pillbug

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    What are the specifics for fiancial tuition asisstance for PLC? My son is applying for NROTC but is keeping other options in mind.
    He wants to apply ti better schools but without some financial help we won't be able to send him so I was wondering if that should help determine his school choices, but if there are possible scholarship monies attatched to PLC he could continue to apply to more expensive schools with some hope.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    As usual AROTC-dad is right on and his research is thorough. I'd be sure to sit down with someone and have a detailed discussion on how to go about receiving the tuition assistance aspects of the program. Your local recruiter might be best but I'm always leery of recruiters trying to get one to enlist, so keep an eye open for that.
     
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  10. Wilco

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    In the dark ages one perk of PLC was you received service time for pay purposes, but not retirement. When you were commissioned a 2nd Lt. you could have 3-4 years of service time for increased pay. Not the same for midshipman or NROTC. That was before college costs exploded. Not sure still applicable. The monthly stipend is helpful but also requires service. Also local NROTC may be supportive and allow PLC to PT with them. Old days most PLC commissioned into USMCR, which means had to be approved to continue active duty after initial 4 year service (then called augmented). Not sure if that is still same.