For freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, the Marine Corps offers the Platoon Leaders Course (PLC). Freshmen and sophomores attend two six-week summer training sessions over two years, and juniors attend one ten-week training session. Both the six-week and the ten-week sessions are located at Quantico, Va. During the training sessions, candidates can earn from $2,885 to $4,810, depending on which training session is attended. In addition, eligible candidates may apply for two financial assistance programs, the Marine Corps Financial Assistance Program (MCFAP) and the Marine Corps College Tuition Assistance Program (MCTAP). Call or visit the Web site (http://officer.marines.com/) to receive more information.
To be eligible for the program, the student must be a U.S. citizen (either native-born or naturalized), between the ages of 18-28 (exceptions are considered),with full-time enrollment in a minimum of 12 academic credits per semester, have minimum GPA of 2.0, and be working toward an accredited/recognized baccalaureate degree.
The PLC Program offers two entry-level paths that lead to commissioning as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. The first is the Guaranteed Aviation Program. Applicants must have a qualifying ACT, SAT, or ASVAB score and must take the Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB). Those who have at least the minimum score of 4/6 on the ASTB; pass an aviation medical examination (performed at a Navy medical facility); pass a Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test (PFT); and are accepted into the program by Headquarters Marine Corps, will be eligible to receive a contract guarantee. The second program is the Ground Officer Program. This program encompasses over 20 military occupational specialties not directly related to piloting aircraft.
Openings are available for men and women with any major. Contact the Officer Selection Officer at (480) 894-0439.