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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.

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.

PLC Program Training

  • Freshman and sophomore training: The PLC program consists of two paid six-week internship sessions at the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA.
  • Junior training: The PLC Program consists of a ten-week paid internship session at the same location.

PLC Benefits and Obligation

Students in the PLC program can benefit from:

  • Financial aid,
  • The Marine Corps Tuition Assistance Program (MCTAP), and
  • Gaining college course credit.

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 wish to enter the PLC program must meet our standards in academics, fitness, morals, and ethics. Read about all requirements for this program.