If you’re like me, you’re already sick and tired of explaining the differences between boot camp, OCS, PLC, ROTC, and all the routes of joining the service. Relatives and those unfamiliar with the military don’t understand the different “boot camps” out there.
For those who might ask an annoyingly if well-intentioned question, here’s your overview, so Listen Up!
You can enter the Marine Corps as enlisted or officer.
Being an officer requires a college degree.
Officer Candidate Course, OCC, is the first kind of OCS. It is a 10 week program which is completed after you have your college degree. When you graduate, you have earned the right to accept a commission as a Marine Corps officer.
Platoon Leaders Course, PLC, is for freshmen, sophomores, or juniors in college to complete two 6-week sessions over a summer during their college careers. When they graduate, they can commission.
Got it? Hope so.