Hello, In a few days I will arrive on my campus as a freshman NROTC-Marine Option non scholarship(college program) midshipmen. I read about how difficult it is for even the most competitive midshipmen to pick up a 2 or 3 year scholarship. I am currently working hard to improve my profile for the NROTC scholarship however if I don't get the scholarship I have two options; A) Stay in NROTC, complete OCS during my Junior year and commission on graduation and arrive at The Basic School. This path is called "Advance Standing" and provides a stipend during Junior and Senior year but no tuition benefits. However I don't know how competitive "Advance Standing" is . B) Apply for PLC, Go to OCS during the summer times and only have to focus on my studies (and possibly work during this time to help pay for tuition) . The wait time for TBS would be longer and I am not sure if tuition benefits are granted immediately after one summer of OCS or if it's a competitive thing like the scholarship. I am a little nervous to bring it up with my OSO because I don't want him thinking that I am only joining for the tuition benefits. The only negative thing about PLC in my eyes is the long wait time I hear from Marine Officers. If anyone has any experience with either one or any advice, please feel free to inform me of it . Thank you all so much.