Commissioning Programs

Officer candidates choose from one of several paths to earn their commission, the official authorization that appoints them as a Marine Corps Officer.
Whichever path they choose, officers always advance. Both on and off the battlefield, officers lead the way with a sense of purpose and pride. The path
to earning a commission begins with your Officer Selection Officer (OSO), your best source of information regarding your specific circumstances. Your
OSO will also help you decide which career path is right for you. Once you've completed training and earned your college degree, you'll receive
your commission as a Marine Corps Officer.

Platoon Leaders Class

The Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) is just one of the paths that can lead to commissioning as an officer in the Marine Corps. For college freshman, sophomores and juniors, PLC normally consists of two, six-week training sessions taken between consecutive school years, while juniors attend one, ten-week summer training session. Young men and women attending any accredited four-year college or university are eligible for this class.

OCS Options: PLC or OCC / OCC-R

You must complete 1 of the 4 following pathways through OCS to begin your journey to becoming a Marine Officer.

Application & Qualifications

PLC Aviation

To qualify, you must be no more than 28 years old when commissioned. You must pass the Navy/Marine Corps Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB), be medically qualified for flight training and meet minimum vision requirements.


You must complete your bachelor's degree before attending OCS. You may complete OCS after your senior year of college or during your first or second law school summer, and you must pass the bar exam before reporting to TBS. You will be paid for your time in training and will be eligible for a paid internship while you are waiting for the results of your bar exam. You must achieve an LSAT score of 150 or higher. To learn more, click here and download the PLC Law Pathway PDF.

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