Marine PLC without enlisting?

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  1. bman2907

    bman2907 Member

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    I am applying to the NROTC Marine Option Scholarship, but I do not know if I am all that competitive. My recruiter was always talking about enlisting and then going to PLC during college. I am all for that option, except I do not want to miss school. I would be missing my first semester at college. I was wondering if there was anyway to do a route similar like this, except without missing any college.
     
  2. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Stop speaking with your recruiter about PLC.

    You need to speak with the Marine Officer Selection Officer (OSO). He or she has the expertise to discuss PLC with you. A recruiter's sole mission is to get you to enlist!

    You do NOT have to enlist to participate in PLC. You can attend any college as a freshman or junior and participate in PLC.

    Read this link:
    http://officer.marines.com/docs/oso/ocs/plc_information.pdf

    Here is an unofficial list of Marine OSO contacts:
    http://openbah.com/marine-ocs-articles/marine-oso-city-list

    Here is more info on contacting an OSO:
    http://officercandidatesschool.com/blog/2014/11/24/how-do-i-find-a-marine-officer-recruiter-oso/
     
  3. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    +1 to AROTC-dad. It is not necessary for you to enlist to attend PLC while in college. It's a separate application process.
     
  4. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe 5-Year Member

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    /\ This 10 times over.
     
  5. THParent

    THParent Member

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    They are selling a great product, but they have a lousy reputation. Those guys work hard. I couldn't do it.
     
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  6. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    The LAST thing I want to do is to insult an enlisted Marine recruiter. They treated my DS very well and even gave my DS a 100 mile drive to meet with the OSO. But they did NOT know (nor were they really trained) about all the details involving NROTC/Marine Option or PLC/OCS. That is what an OSO is for.
     
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    USMCGrunt 5-Year Member

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    "If your only tool is a hammer then every problem looks like a nail"

    USMC Recruiters are handpicked for the role and some of the finest Marines out there. They have an incredibly difficult job and while a few might stretch the boundaries, most do a great job in an effort to accomplish the mission. But as the quote above suggests, they view every candidate as a potential enlistee first and then present suggestions on how one can pursue officer ascension programs second.
     
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  8. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    I KNEW Marines were special, and apparently, so did your auto-complete, because clearly Marines become officers through “ascension” (miracle-style) unlike the rest of us who went the accession route. I hear a celestial ta-dah in the background. This struck my funny bone this AM, which I needed, because I am sitting in the jury pool room at the County Courthouse with no idea of how long I will be here today.
     
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    USMCGrunt 5-Year Member

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    Auto correct or purposeful... hmm
     
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  10. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    They do guard the streets of Heaven, after all.
     
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  11. Day-Tripper

    Day-Tripper 5-Year Member

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    I've got jury duty selection on March 17th. Saint Pat's Day, no less. I've got the latest Lee Child novel saved up for that occasion.
     
  12. Day-Tripper

    Day-Tripper 5-Year Member

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    My recruiter (1981) promised my best friend and I (we were high school juniors at the time) that if we signed up together we'd get the USMC's "Buddy Program", i.e could go to boot camp together. "As rough as Parris Island is, at least you'll have a pal with you" were his exact words.

    We signed the papers. Me, it was two weeks after turning 17 years old, with parental approval.

    A month before we leave for the P.I., my buddy gets told he's leaving a month later, due to last minute scheduling changes.

    Never saw him again.

    Buddy Program, my ***.