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ROTC Classes

MS 100 Level Courses (Traditional Freshmen Year)

MSL 101 - Introduction to the Army and Critical Thinking (Fall Semester) - MSL 101 introduces cadets to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership and communication. Cadets will learn how the personal development of life skills such as cultural understanding, goal setting, time management, stress management, and comprehensive fitness relate to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. The focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army leadership dimensions, attributes and core leader competencies while gaining an understanding of the ROTC program, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for the student.

MSL 102 - Adaptive Leadership and Professional Competence (Spring Semester) - MSL 102 introduces cadets to the professional challenges and competencies that are needed for effective execution of the profession of arms and Army communication. Through this course, cadets will learn how Army ethics and values shape the Army and the specific ways that these ethics are inculcated into Army culture. Cadets can expect to explore the seven Army Values, Warrior Ethos, explore the Profession of Arms, Army Leadership and critical communication skills.

MS 200 Level Courses (Traditional Sophomore Year)

MSL 201- Leadership and Decision-Making (Fall Semester) - This is an academically challenging course where you will study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of Army Leadership, Officership, Army Values and Ethics, Personal Development, and small unit tactics at the platoon level. You will be required to demonstrate writing skills and present information briefings as preparation for development in becoming a successful future officer.

MSL 202 - Army Doctrine and Team Development (Spring Semester) - MSL202 begins the journey to understand and demonstrate Cross-Cultural Competencies as they relate to Army doctrine and how they apply in a combatant commander’s Engagement Strategies. Army Values, Teamwork, and Warrior Ethos and their relationship to the Law of Land Warfare and philosophy of military service are also stressed. The ability to lead and follow is also covered through Team Building exercises in small units up to squad level.

MSL 210 - Cadet Initial Entry Training (Summer Semester) – Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) is an intense four-week introduction to Army life and leadership training of the ROTC, the aim of the course is to motivate and qualify Cadets for entry into the Senior ROTC program. CIET, is designed for college students, typically between their sophomore and junior years. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates can take part in ROTC at their college as a third-year student in the four-year program. While attending CIET at Ft. Knox, KY., Cadets gain an experience that runs the gamut of Army life and the responsibilities of being an officer. The course instills confidence and decision-making abilities to become a leader, in the Army and in life. Cadets spend their first few days learning Army basics under the tutelage of drill sergeants. They also take their first Army Physical Fitness test, which consists of sit-ups, push-ups and a two-mile run. Shortly after the course begins, Cadets are introduced to working in small-group team-based dynamic activities such as an obstacle course to accomplish set goals. MSL 210 is restricted to select Army ROTC Cadets.

MS 300 Level Courses (Traditional Junior Year/First Year Graduate Student)

MSL 301 - Training Management and the Warfighting Functions (Fall Semester) - This is an academically challenging course were you will study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of Army Leadership, Officership, Army Values and Ethics, Personal Development, and small unit tactics at the platoon level. At the conclusion of this course, you will be capable of planning, coordinating, navigating, motivating and leading a squad and platoon in the execution of a mission during a classroom PE, a Leadership Lab, or during a Leader Development Exercise (LDX). You will be required to write peer evaluations and receive feedback on your abilities as a leader and how to improve those leader skills that can further develop you in to a successful officer. You will receive systematic and specific feedback on your leader attributes, values, and core leader competencies from your instructor, other ROTC cadre, and MSL IV Cadets who will evaluate you using the Cadet Officer Evaluation System (OES). Successful completion of this course will help prepare you for the ROTC Cadet Leader Course (CLC), which you will attend in the summer at Fort Knox, KY.

MSL 302 - Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations (Spring Semester) - This is an academically challenging course were you will study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of Army Leadership, Officership, Army Values and Ethics, Personal Development, and small unit tactics at the platoon level. At the conclusion of this course, you will be capable of planning, coordinating, navigating, motivating and leading a squad and platoon in the execution of a mission during a classroom PE, a Leadership Lab, or during a Leader Development Exercise (LDX). You will be required to write peer evaluations and receive feedback on your abilities as a leader and how to improve those leader skills that can further develop you in to a successful officer. You will receive systematic and specific feedback on your leader attributes, values, and core leader competencies from your instructor, other ROTC cadre, and MSL IV Cadets who will evaluate you using the Cadet Officer Evaluation System (OES). Successful completion of this course will help prepare you for the ROTC Cadet Leader Course (CLC), which you will attend in the summer at Fort Knox, KY.

MSL 303 - American Military History (Fall and Spring Semester) – MSL 303 examine U.S. military history from pre-revolutionary times to the Global War on Terrorism. It applies the Threads of Continuity model, defines the nine principles of war, five forms of maneuver, analyzes the political-economic-technological-social impacts on the military and it develops leadership through individual and group contribution in case studies, presentations reports, a staff ride and battle analysis. MSL 303 is open to all university students and can be used for Gen. Ed. E-5A (History).

MSL 310 - Cadet Leadership Course (Summer Semester) – The Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) is held annually at Ft. Knox, KY. The U.S. Army’s largest training exercise, CLC is the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s capstone training event. The purpose of the course is to train U.S. Army ROTC Cadets to Army standards, to develop their leadership skills and to evaluate their officer potential. Most Army Cadets attend CLC between their junior and senior undergraduate years after having contracted to join the Army. Successful completion of CLC is a prerequisite to becoming an Army officer through ROTC. The 29-day course starts with individual training, building from simple to complex tasks. This building-block approach permits integration of previously-learned skills into follow-on training. This logical, common-sense training is maintained for each training cycle. Every day at CLC is a day of training. MSL 310 is restricted to only contracted Army ROTC Cadets.

MS 400 Level Courses

MSL 401 - Mission Command and the Army Profession (Fall Semester) - MSL 401 Mission Command and the Army Profession explore the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations. You will examine differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. You also explore aspects of interacting with non-government organizations, civilians on the battlefield, the decision making processes and host nation support. The course places significant emphasis on preparing you for BOLC B and your first unit of assignment. It uses mission command case studies and scenarios to prepare you to face the complex ethical demands of serving as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. This semester, you will: Explore military professional ethics, organizational ethics and ethical decision making processes; Gain practical experience in Cadet battalion leadership roles and training management; Begin your leadership self-development including civil military and media relations; Prepare for the transition to a career as an Army Officer.

MSL 402 - Mission Command the Company Grade Officer (Spring Semester) - MSL 402 Mission Command and the Company Grade Officer explore the dynamics of leading in the complex situations during Unified Land Operations I, II, and III. Examine the Art of Command and how to properly communicate with your NCOs and Soldiers during Taking Charge 1, 2 and 3, and Developing Others (counseling). During Cultural Awareness and Cultural Property Protection (CPP), you will discuss numerous situations on how ethical decisions impact personnel and the unit mission. Through the understanding of your roles and responsibilities, you will learn about Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF), Being Ready and Resilient (R2C), and Individual and Family Readiness can assist you in preparing your Soldiers and their Families on reducing and managing stress during times of uncertainty. The course places significant emphasis on preparing you for BOLC B and your first unit of assignment. It uses mission command case studies and scenarios to prepare you to face the complex ethical demands of serving as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. This semester, you will: Identify the leaders roles and responsibilities for enforcing Army policies and programs; Explore the dynamics of building a team prepared to handle any future operational environment and win; Examine the importance of understanding culture and how it can affect your unit and mission; Develop both oral and written communication skills by conducting a battle analysis and decision briefs.

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