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United States Marine Corps Officer Program

The United States Marine Corps turns to colleges and universities to discover the future leaders of our nation. Tarleton State University is proud to be involved with the Marine Corps PLC Program.

What is the Platoon Leader's Class (PLC) Program?

The Platoon Leader’s Class (PLC) Program offers a variety of challenges and opportunities to any individual who can meet our standards. There are many benefits offered to college students who make the decision during their freshman, sophomore, or junior year to work toward becoming a Marine Officer while earning a college degree. Upon successful completion of all academic requirements at Tarleton State University and Officer Candidates School, students will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

What type of training is involved?

For freshman and sophomores: The PLC program consists of two paid six-week internship sessions at the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA.

For juniors: The PLC Program consists of a ten-week paid internship session at the same location.

What are the benefits?

  • Financial Assistance
  • Marine Corps Tuition Assistance Program (MCTAP)
  • College Credit

What is the obligation?

Students who complete all requirements of the PLC Program and accept a commission in the Marine Corps are obligated to serve the period of time specified in their service agreement. Current obligations are:

  • 4 years for Non-Aviation Officers
  • 6 years for Aviation Officers (after completion of Flight School)

Students who participate in the PLC Program incur no service obligation until they officially “accept” a commission upon college graduation. Recipients of financial assistance incur a financial obligation to reimburse the government if they do not accept their commission. 

What does it take to make the cut?

Students who wish to enter the PLC Program must meet our standards in the following categories:

  • Academics
  • Fitness
  • Morals & Ethics

Learn more about our requirements.