PLC and NROTC sideload

SVfather

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Sorry to hear this. Capt MJ, as usual, has great advice.

I just wanted to point out the NROTC sideload process for your edification. It's a national competition that is not handled by the unit, so the advisor would have no real insight into how competitive he was, since he didn't know the competition. DS only received a sideload after first semester of his 3C year. Also not everyone who commissions via NROTC receives a scholarship.

No doubt your son's determination will help him work through this particular set back. Did he get any info on his ability to commission through another program?
Thanks for the information and kind words. His Lt didn't give him any insights on other paths aside from OCS however we have a close family friend who did PLC, Flew A4s and Hornets and then 767 for AA for many years that has been trying to steer him to PLC since last summer, so that will be his next path to fully explore.
 

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Thanks for the information and kind words. His Lt didn't give him any insights on other paths aside from OCS however we have a close family friend who did PLC, Flew A4s and Hornets and then 767 for AA for many years that has been trying to steer him to PLC since last summer, so that will be his next path to fully explore.
Great idea. PLC is the best little known program there is. 2 summers and then he commissions on graduation. If OCS was OK I don't see why PLC wouldn't be. Plus he gets some pay... not much but every $ helps. He'll need to keep in shape in the interim. No doubt he will have a head start over others during the first summer session with his prior NROTC experience.

BTW PLC was going to be DS's path if he didn't get a scholarship. Good luck to your DS. I would love to hear how he's doing at some point regardless of his path.
 

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Great idea. PLC is the best little known program there is. 2 summers and then he commissions on graduation. If OCS was OK I don't see why PLC wouldn't be. Plus he gets some pay... not much but every $ helps. He'll need to keep in shape in the interim. No doubt he will have a head start over others during the first summer session with his prior NROTC experience.

BTW PLC was going to be DS's path if he didn't get a scholarship. Good luck to your DS. I would love to hear how he's doing at some point regardless of his path.
I'll come back with any worthwhile updates. Looking forward to golfing/surfing/snowboarding with him over Xmas break, 3 activities conducive to heart to hearts.
 

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Marine PT and PT expectations are more than the Navy. The aviation contract is just an open door to SNA in Pensacola not a guarantee to make it as a Marine Aviator. Should he stumble along the way it’s the needs of the USMC. Leading young infantry enlisted Marines is totally different than being an Aviator. Most of the times a mistake we make can be corrected and a good outcome will result. Good luck in your journey!
 

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Marine PT and PT expectations are more than the Navy. The aviation contract is just an open door to SNA in Pensacola not a guarantee to make it as a Marine Aviator. Should he stumble along the way it’s the needs of the USMC. Leading young infantry enlisted Marines is totally different than being an Aviator. Most of the times a mistake we make can be corrected and a good outcome will result. Good luck in your journey!
Great advice GH5. He's building a good rapport with the OSO and is working to get to at least 12 pull ups and improve upon a decent run time. Got invited to 2X/week PT and weekly Zoom call. Since he wears glasses they also talked about potentially going into OCS Juniors as Ground, do Lasik then go for Aviation which he's fine with.
 
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