Platoon Leaders Class
Platoon Leaders Class is a six-week pre-commissioning program. We take college students after generally their freshman or sophomore year, bring them down to Officer Candidates School for six weeks and it's a chance to screen and evaluate their leadership potential.
They only run PLC classes in the summertime 'cause we don't wanna interfere at all with their college education because the faster they become a college graduate, the faster they can become a Marine Officer.
Pretty much while you're outside of OCS, you're on your regular program. Whatever else you do in your normal life-you got your part-time job, you're goin' to school-that's what you're doing during the PLC program.
They will come back either the following summer or two summers later to do PLC Seniors which is another six-week program where we basically do the finishing touches on that screening and evaluating to ensure that the candidates are prepared for commissioning and services accompanying a great officer.
We are responsible to see them through commissioning. Most of these candidates, they don't go straight to The Basic School; they actually return to the college campuses. They have to stay full-time, at least 12 hours a semester. They have to maintain at least a 2.0 and they have to stay in physical condition. So, we just make sure they're doing what they need to do to stay eligible in the program and we do that all the way until they get commissioned.
[Officer Candidate 1]:
Now coming back, my dedication and my focus and my determination to excel is a lot better. I came in with a 2.0 and since I've been back I've been on the Dean's List every semester since I've been back in school.
[Officer Candidate 2]:
I've noticed a huge difference between myself right now and my peers back at Northern Michigan University. When I talk to them on the phone, I'm already becoming a lot more professional and a lot more mature than I was even just six weeks ago.
I'm learning a lot more about myself here. I've learned more about myself in the past six weeks than I have almost my entire life. I've been challenged so much here and learned that there's a lot more that I can do that I just didn't know I could do because I didn't push myself hard enough.