The Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) 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. The second program is the Ground Officer Program. This program encompasses all military occupational specialties not directly related to piloting aircraft or guaranteed law.
For freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, the Marine Corps offers the PLC program. To be eligible for the U.S. Marine Corps PLC, a student must be enrolled full time. Openings are available for men and women with any major who are under the age of 28.
- Training takes place during the summer at Officer Candidates School (OCS) in Quantico, Virginia
- College freshmen and sophomores attend two six-week summer training sessions over a two-year period
- College juniors attend one 10-week summer training session
- Candidates receive pay and allowances during these sessions
- Lodging, textbooks, meals, and travel costs are paid for by the Marine Corps
- After graduation from college and completion of the Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) at OCS, candidates are offered a commission as a second lieutenant
Application & Qualifications
A rigorous process will determine whether you are qualified to become an officer candidate.
- Physical Examination
- Background Check
- Mental and Moral Evaluation
To be considered as an officer candidate, you must meet the following qualifications:
- Full-time student at a two- or four-year college or university*
- U.S. citizen
- 18-28 years old, though exceptions may be considered
* Students in two-year colleges can sign a letter of intent to transfer later to a four-year university