Marine PLC Part 2 Info and ASTB Info

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  1. Anguswarrior112

    Anguswarrior112 Member

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    Hello all, finished up PLC part 2 recently and decided that I would do a write up like I did for the first time.

    PLC Part 2- Definitely was more intense since most of the people I was in the platoon with were Midshipmen from ROTC or PLCers who came back for the second round. SIs were on us the whole entire time making sure we weren't screwing up. Going to PLC last year definitely helped since many of the events we did were similar to last year. Here are some reasons people dropped-

    1. Integrity violations- 3 people
    2.Failure to adapt- had like 5 people, this means Midshipmen couldn't make their beds in time, blouse their boots quick enough, fell behind in runs, or failed to many inspections.
    3.Poor Leadership Evals- Had a decent number drop for this, Peer Evals are HUGE. Make sure you don't be to cocky and know what you do.
    4. Injuries- We had the most people drop for injuries, too many people underestimated the importance of stretching and staying hydrated, make sure you stay hydrated and stretch.
    PFT Failures- Some people got too nervous and some just didn't come in shape.
    5. Failing academic tests- This was the easiest part of PLC, those who failed just didn't study.

    Here were my pft stats:
    22 Pullups
    105 Crunches
    18:03 3 mile
    289 Score
    What really helped me with the Pft was working out with the Marine ROTC unit at my school.

    Most of my class was very fit, I would say the average run time was around 19:21 for guys.
    The Endurance Course was awful, I started off to fast in the obstacle course at the beginning going in somewhere at 1:08 and after that, I felt like the endurance course was absolute chaos. I think I came in the endurance course with 30 seconds left to spare.
    We had log lifts which we would carry logs and walk/jog with them, this was brutal since I was the tallest in my group, and walking into the swamp with the log was absolutely terrible, I think one of my boots slipped off!!
    The weather was very hot and humid like last year, we all had periods of rain which felt disgusting.
    Since there were a few days where it got so hot, It made going into the Quigley feel nice. Firewatch at night was brutal, I got little sleep combined with all the stress from academics and events.

    From the point on its pretty much maintaining GPA, weight, and moral standards until I graduate. I am proud to have gone through PLC twice, it has made me appreciate my life as a civilian much more.

    Things I saw at PLC I have never seen before
    1. I met a SARC (Special Amphibious Recon Corpsmen) these guys are Corpsmen but on steroids. They are attached to Marine Recon Units.
    2. I saw an Osprey carrying some TBS students but the color scheme was unique, it was green and not gray.
    3. Saw a few Marines doing some Drill and Ceremony on the field but they were in a weird uniform, they had BDU colored coats on but were wearing the Service Uniform inside.
    4. This was interesting. since the trailer for Top Gun 2 came out while we were there, a Major told Air Contracts to fall out of formation for a hike, he would say "Air Contracts spread your arms out! run around the rest of the platoon!! This was brutal, I was dead after the hike. He then told us this was in honor for Top Gun 2 and how apparently they used to do this in OCS.

    ASTB Info: If any of you want to go pilot or NFO in the Navy/Marine Corps, you will have to take the OAR/ASTB. Marines put more emphasis on the ASTB. You can only take this test 3 times so only take when ready. I got a 48 5/5/5 the first time I took it which was not qualifying for Pilot, second time I took it I got a 72 8/9/9. Its not hard but you need to study for it well.

    If any of you guys need help or advice, please send me a PM!
     
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  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Great post! Nice to have that EGA, right? Congratulations.

    I'm sure you plan to keep working out with that NROTC unit. You'll need to continue prep for 6 long months of TBS!.
     
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    Definitely will, working out with them was crucial to my success at PLC.
     
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  4. Devil Doc

    Devil Doc Teufel Doc

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    Corpsmen on steroids. err, kill, I mean heal.
     
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    USMCGrunt 5-Year Member

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    Ha Ha! Glad to hear this is still being done. They were doing it 35 years ago too! And the Air Contracts had to make jet noises while they flew "close air support" for the rest of the unit.

    Great point about the peer evals. This is something a lot of guys going in don't think about. Its not all about "me". You need to be seen as a team player, willing to be led by others (who should, in return, allow you to lead them).

    Congratulations on your completion of this critical step in your path to becoming a Marine Officer.
     
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  6. NavyHoops

    NavyHoops Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Congrats Angus on finishing up OCS. And thank you for your update and contributing to the forum. Best of luck as you finish up school.
     
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  7. Devil Doc

    Devil Doc Teufel Doc

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    What do the law contracts have to do?
     
  8. USMCGrunt

    USMCGrunt 5-Year Member

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    Oh... don't get me started. All POGs should have some appropriate exercise. ;)

    Perhaps Law Contracts have to run up and down the column speaking incessantly and carrying reams of paper?
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Nah, the law contracts should recite the Constitution while they're running, that way everyone benefits.
     
  10. BarryD

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    They were from Marine Barracks Washington D.C, the Battle Color Detachment. Their go to uniform when practicing is Service C with the old BDU field jacket because it is the most effective way to simulate being in Dress Blues without actually being in Dress Blues.
     
  11. NavyHoops

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    2. These are helos from HMX-1, the Presidential Squadron. They have a variety of aircraft. The airfield right across the road from OCS is where they are housed, but I am guessing you already knew that, but for the others on here. You will ride on lots of these during your time at TBS. the squadron has helos painted in this color scheme and also the gray.