Military Science Class
What is ROTC?
Regardless of your career plans, Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) is one of the smartest college courses you can take. It offers you the confidence, self-discipline, and leadership skills necessary for you to succeed in college and to be competitive in the job market. ROTC is an elective course that provides a combination of academics and important hands-on training. Throughout ROTC, you’ll be offered physical and mental challenges geared to help you succeed in life. You will learn teamwork and be given responsibilities, like teaching younger cadets the same skills you have learned. You will also have the opportunity to learn land navigation skills, operations and tactics, drill and ceremony, and first aid. In addition, you will be able to participate in exciting activities like paintball competitions, rappelling, and orienteering.
For its many benefits, Army ROTC requires only a few hours a week, so it won’t interfere with your required college curriculum or social life. In fact, you’ll find ROTC a great place to form lasting friendships with other local college students and cadets from across the nation.
You may take the Basic Course (the first two years) with NO OBLIGATION. You may begin by taking Military Science and Leadership 101. All courses in the basic course may be used as elective credit toward your degree. Prior to your junior year, you will decide whether or not you wish to continue with the Advanced Course. If you decide to complete the Advanced Course, (MSL) you will be eligible to receive a commission as an officer in the United States Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard.
Basic Course Classes
- MSL101. Introduction to ROTC and the U.S. Army
This course, intended primarily for freshmen, provides a basic orientation to ROTC and the U.S. Army. Course topics include the role and structure of the Army, military customs and courtesies, and basic marksmanship. Optional leadership laboratory each week. One credit hour earned.
- MSL102. Introduction to ROTC and the U.S. Army
This course, a continuation of MS 111, further introduces the student to the Army, basic military skills, and mountaineering/rough terrain skills. Topics include recent military operations, introduction to leadership, low intensity conflict, and basic soldiering techniques. Optional leadership laboratory each week. One credit hour earned.
- MSL201. ROTC Basic Military Skills
Designed for sophomores who have previously taken MS 111 and MS 112, this course introduces the student to basic military skills utilized by all members of the military forces. Topics include first aid, communications, command and staff functions, and leadership techniques and applications. Optional leadership laboratory each week. Two credit hours earned.
- MSL202. ROTC Basic Military Skills
Topics in this course include military map reading, Army weapons, low intensity conflict, and fundamentals of physical training. Optional leadership laboratory each week. Two credit hours earned.
All courses in the basic program are for freshmen and sophomore and carry no obligation.
Advanced Course Classes
- MSL301. Military Science
Comprehensive instruction in map reading and land navigation, squad and platoon movement techniques, first aid, leadership and management training, and communications. One weekend field-exercise and a weekly leadership laboratory. Three credit hours earned.
- MSL302. Military Science
Development of skills useful for advanced camp including analysis of terrain, movement under fire, squad defensive employment, adjustment of artillery fire, first aid, and use of various weapons. One weekend field-exercise and a weekly leadership laboratory. Three credit hours earned.
- MSL401. Military Science
A study of the officer personnel management system, military command and staff functions, military briefings, the Army training management system, military correspondence, law of war, military ethics and professionalism, and counseling. Students plan and conduct weekly leadership laboratories and a field training exercises for MS 302 students. Mandatory leadership laboratory each week. Three credit hours earned.
- MSL402. Military Science
Subjects include military justice, law of war, military logistics, military courtesies, Army personnel management, the role of the NCO and officer/enlisted relationships, Army battle doctrine, the National Defense Organization, the Army and society, and the transition from student to officer. Students plan and conduct weekly leadership laboratories each week. Three credit hours earned.
All courses in the advanced program are for contracted cadets in their junior and senior years. Adventure training is offered to all cadets. Contracted cadets are offered opportunities for adventure training such as airborne school, air assault school, northern warfare, and Cadet Troop Leadership Training.