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United States Marine Corps Commissioning Programs

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Platoon Leaders Class

Marine Platoon Leaders Class is available to full-time enrolled, physically qualified male and female undergraduate freshmen, sophomores and juniors attending accredited colleges.

Pre-commissioning training consists of two six-week sessions or one 10-week session during summer breaks at the Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Va.

PLC students may choose ground, aviation or law contracts, and may apply for financial subsistence allowance of $250 a month upon completion of one summer training session. Aviation students may join the Flight Indoctrination Program and receive civilian flight instruction during their senior year of college. PLC members may also apply for the Marine Corps Tuition Assistance Program and receive as much as $5,200 per year for tuition assistance.

Upon graduation from college, PLC participants receive reserve commissions as second lieutenants. Officers are then assigned to The Basic School at Quantico, Va. for 26 weeks of basic officer training.

Students opting for ground or law training must be at least 17 years old upon entering the program and less than 28 upon commissioning.

Pilot candidates must be at least 17 upon entering the program and less than 27 upon commissioning. Aviation may be guaranteed to freshmen if qualified.

Minimum active duty obligation for ground officers and a lawyers following commissioning is 3.5 years. Following flight training and designation as a naval aviator, the minimum active duty obligation is six years if trained as a helicopter pilot or naval flight officer and eight years if trained as a fixed wing pilot. Minimum active duty requirements are extended six months for receiving financial subsistence allowance and 18 months for receiving tuition assistance.

Navy/Marine Corps ROTC

Navy/Marine Corps ROTC programs at more than 65 colleges and universities across the country offer Marine Corps commissions to college students who complete four years of naval science study on campus. The two types of programs are the College Program and the Scholarship Program. In addition to students already enrolled in college programs, or planning to attend college, some enlisted personnel are eligible to apply for a Navy/Marine Corps ROTC Scholarship.

Four-year scholarship program. Students are selected from a national competition and are appointed midshipmen, U.S. Naval Reserve, and identified as Marine Corps options. They may be granted the compensation and benefits authorized by law during the Basic Course for a total period of not more than four years. During this period of college, the Department of the Navy pays tuition, fees and textbooks, and provides uniforms and a subsistence allowance of up to $400 for each academic month.

Upon completion of naval science requirements and graduation, students receive reserve commissions as a second lieutenant with a four-year active duty obligation.

Four-year college program. Students are selected from among those applying for enrollment at each Navy/Marine Corps ROTC unit. During the first two years in the Basic Course, students have the status of civilians who have entered into a contract with the Navy. Upon completion of one term of The Basic Course, students may apply for a change to a Marine Corps option. Upon enrollment in the Advanced Course, College Program students enlist in the Marine Corps Reserve. Upon graduation and completion of naval science requirements, students are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Marine Corps Reserve with a 3.5-year active duty obligation. The Navy provides uniforms, naval science textbooks and up to $400 for each academic month for a maximum of 20 months during the Advanced Course.

Three, two, and one-year scholarships are available to College Program students nominated by their NROTC unit commanding officers. The Commandant of the Marine Corps makes those selections.

Two-year scholarship and college programs. Students selected are those with advanced college standing who qualify for enrollment in the Advanced Course. They must first successfully complete the six-week course at the Naval Science Institute. Those enrolled in the two-year scholarship and college programs have the same privileges and obligations as those in the respective four year programs.

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