PLC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Who is eligible to be a Marine Officer?
If you are a citizen of the United States and have a bachelor's degree or in the process of getting your bachelor's degree, you may be eligible for the Marine Corps officer program.
Do I need to be studying a particular major to apply for the Marine officer program?
All majors and areas of study are acceptable. Marine officers must have the desire to be a leader, have a well-rounded background and experience, and be flexible.
Is PLC the same as NROTC?
No, although both are college programs. The Platoon Leaders Class is conducted during the summer — and there is no obligation beyond attending the summer training. NROTC (Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps) is offered as a college course at many different colleges. In some programs offered by the Marine Corps, such as through the Marine Corps NROTC scholarship program, the recipients must take NROTC while in college. This is a prep class to understand and study the Marine Corps.
Will I receive college credits for attending Officer Candidate School?
Each college or university makes the decision about assigning and accepting credits for Officer Candidate School (OCS). The American Council of Education in Washington D.C. evaluated the curriculum for OCS. The council's credit recommendations are in "A Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experiences in the Armed Forces." You will receive about 452 hours of physical training and instruction in leadership and military tactics in OCS.
Will I need to leave college to be in the PLC program?
No. To qualify for officer training, you must stay enrolled as a full-time student. You need a four-year degree after your first two years at MMI to become an officer, and all training occurs during the summer months.
Will the Marines help pay my college loans?
Officer training programs offer annual tuition assistance. In addition, you will receive a competitive starting salary that can help you with loans or other expenses. Your Officer Selection Officer (OSO) and MMI can provide more information on the educational benefits available to you.
What's my next step?
You need to complete application for admission to Marion Military Institute and then contact the Admissions Office at (800) 664-1842 to ensure that you application is complete. If you're qualified for the PLC program, you will receive a letter of acceptance to MMI along with additional information about the Marine PLC program.