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Drop by to learn about the ways in which you can commission as a U.S. Marine Corps officer, including funding opportunities for college and/or graduate study.


The U.S. Marine Corps is recruiting for a ROTC-ALTERNATIVE program called Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) for freshmen through juniors and Officer Candidate Course (OCC) for seniors and graduates.  This program provides top-notch leadership training and the opportunity to accept a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps.  With your education, you may qualify for one of these programs, which allows you to continue your studies while earning your commission as a Marine Officer.  This is a little-known elite program that is designed to develop and evaluate your abilities to lead large groups of your peers, while evaluating your physical fitness and academic abilities. If you are interested in a summer experience that will give you an excellent resume booster (at a minimum) and provide you with a guaranteed job when you graduate college, consider the information below.

Basic Details:

  • Freshmen and sophomores attend (2) six-week training sessions over two summers, while juniors attend (1) 10 week training session.
  • College seniors and graduates attend (1) 10 week training session through Officer Candidate Course.
  • Unlike traditional ROTC: No on-campus training, drills or meetings.
  • After graduation from college and completion of PLC or OCC, candidates are offered a commission as a second lieutenant. You will not incur any obligation to the Marine Corps, even after completing the training (you can choose whether or not to continue with the program). Your obligation begins when you graduate from college and decide to accept your commission.
  • You will attend what Inc. Magazine calls “the best management training program in America” and test your leadership potential, physical fitness and mental prowess. (http://www.inc.com/magazine/19980401/906.html)
  • You will earn approximately $3,200 (six weeks)/$5400 (10 weeks) plus room and board during the training.
  • You are eligible for Financial Assistance ($1575 per semester stipend) and Tuition Assistance (Up to $8,200) after you complete an increment of training over the summer. [OPTIONAL]
  • Guaranteed aviation to those who qualify. The Marine Corps is the only branch that will guarantee you a pilot seat as early as your freshman year.
  • If you choose to serve after you graduate from college, you will have the opportunity to hold 1 of the 20+ career fields offered making upwards of $55,000 per year.

The more than 20 jobs and career opportunities that are available to you as an Officer include (but are not limited to):

  • Logistics (Supply, Maintenance, Transportation, Health Services Coordination, Combat Service Support)
  • Supply (Aviation, Ground)
  • Aviation (Pilot, Naval Flight Officer/Aviation Navigator, Air Defense, Air Traffic Control)
  • Financial Management (Budgeting, Accounting, Auditing)
  • Combat Engineer (Construction, Breaching, Demolition, Mobility, Counter-mobility, General Engineering)
  • Intelligence (Aviation, Ground, Human, Signal)
  • Combat Arms (Infantry, Tank, Field Artillery, Assault Vehicle, Light Armored Vehicle)
  • Adjutant (Administration)
  • Communications (Communication Information Systems: Radio, Networks, Cyber Security Management, Information Technology)
  • Military Police (Law Enforcement, Criminal Investigations, Physical/Area Security)
  • Public Affairs (Journalism, Community Relations, Media Relations)


  • Full Time Student Status (Enrolled in minimum 12 college credit hours) or already graduated from college with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Minimum of 1000 on the SAT, 22 on the ACT or 74 or higher on the ASVAB (You must meet one of the three test requirements)(if you don’t qualify we can schedule to take the ASVAB for free)
  • U.S. citizen

Reservist, National Guardsman, and non-scholarship ROTC cadets can apply for this program!

This is an unparalleled opportunity to see if you have what it takes to be a leader in one of the most elite organizations in the world. The leadership experience you gain will set you apart from your peers. If you are interested in finding out more about the Marine Corps or Platoon Leaders Class or Officer Candidate Course, please contact at 512-585-0332 or Christopher.white@marines.usmc.mil