LTC Eric Walthall and MSG Zoleske


MS 101: Introduction to the Army and Critical Thinking   1R-3L-1C  F  Prereq: None
MS 101 introduces Cadets to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Cadets learn how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, time management, goal setting, stress management, and comprehensive fitness relate to leadership, and the Army profession.

MS 102: Adaptive Leadership and Professional Competence  1R-3L-1C  W  Prereq: MS 101 or Instructor Permission
MS 102 introduces Cadets to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for adaptive leadership. Cadets learn the basics of the communications process and the importance for leaders to develop the essential skills to effectively communicate in the Army. Students will examine the Army Profession and what it means to be a professional in the U.S. Army.

MS 103: Basic Tactical leadership   1R-3L-1C  S  Prereq: MS 101 and 102 or Instructor Permission
MS 103 continues the exploration of leadership fundamentals and examines the leadership process as affected by individual differences and styles, group dynamics, and personality behavior of leaders. Students will experience an introduction of fundamental leadership concepts, and examine factors that influence leader and group effectiveness. Students will fully explore the basic soldier skills and squad level tactical operations. Students participate in briefings and hands-on practical exercises. Attention is devoted to development of leadership potential through practical exercises both in and out of the classroom.


MS 201: Leadership and Decision Making  2R-3L-2C  F  Prereq: MS 101, 102, and 103 or Instructor Permission
MS 201 explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and two historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership framework. Aspects of personal motivation and team building are practiced planning, executing and assessing team exercises.

MS 202: Army Doctrine and Team Development   2R-3L-2C  W  Prereq: MS 201 or Instructor Permission
MS 202 examines the challenges of leading teams in the complex operational environment. The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. Further study of the theoretical basis of the Army Leadership Requirements Model explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. Cadets develop greater self awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team building skills.

MS 203: Foundations of Tactical Leadership II   2R-3L-2C  S  Prereq: MS 201 and 202 or Instructor Permission
MS203 continues the examination of the challenge of leading tactical teams in the complex contemporary operational environments. Dimensions of the cross-cultural challenges of leadership in a constantly changing world are highlighted and applied to practical Army leadership tasks and situations. Cadets develop greater self-awareness as they practice communication and team building skills. Contemporary Operational Environment case studies give insight into the importance and practice of teamwork and tactics in real world scenarios.

MS 206: ROTC Cadet Initial Entry Training Course
Covering a training period of approximately thirty days, the Department of Military Science ROTC battalion provides travel to and from Fort Knox. Students may attend to access their desire to continue and contract into the ROTC Advanced Course. While in the course, you will meet students from all over the nation while earning $700 in pay and receive free room and board. You may apply for a two-year Full-tuition scholarship and receive up to $1200 annually for books and earn a monthly stipend of over $450 per month for 10 months per year. The Cadet Initial Entry Training Course is a way to catch up on missed Military Science courses in order to qualify the student for progression as a contracted Advanced Course ROTC cadet.

JUNIOR YEAR Advanced Course

MS 301: Training Management and the Warfighting Functions  3R-3L-4C  F  Prereq: MS 206, or completion of Basic Course requirements, or prior military service (contact Military Science Department for specific requirements established in Army Regulations)
MS 301 Cadets 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, Cadets 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 Training Exercise (LTX).

MS 302: Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations  3R-3L-4C  W  Prereq: MS 301
MS 302 uses increasingly intense situational leadership challenges to build cadet awareness and skills in leading small units. Skills in decision-making, persuading and motivating team members when under fire are explored, evaluated, and developed. Aspects of military operations are reviewed as a means of preparing for the ROTC Cadet Leader Course (CLC). Cadets are expected to apply basic principles of the Law of Land Warfare, Army training, and motivation to troop leading procedures. Emphasis is also placed on conducting military briefings and developing proficiency in garrison operation orders. Cadets are evaluated on what they know and do as leaders.

MS 303: Leadership under Fire II   3R-3L-4C  S  Prereq: MS 302
MS 303 continues development in decision making, persuading, and motivating team members in operational situations are explored, evaluated and developed. Aspects of military operations are reviewed as a means of preparing for CLC. Cadets are expected to apply basic principles of Law of the Land Warfare, Army training, and motivation to troop leading procedures. Emphasis is also placed on conducting military briefings and developing proficiency in garrison operations orders. Cadets are evaluated on what they know and do as leaders.

Overview of CLC: Cadet Leader Course
Summer Term Only
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. The 29-day course starts with individual training and leads to collective 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 sequence is maintained for each training cycle. Every day at CLC is a day of training.

SENIOR YEAR- Advanced Course

MS 401: Mission Command and Ethics   3R-3L-4C  F  Prereq: MS 303
MS 401 is an advanced course that places primary emphasis on Officership with our MS IV cadets who are our educational main effort; MS 401 and 402 together refine and ultimately completes the Cadet-tocommissioned officer transition. In MS 401 Mission Command and ethics is stressed in order to assist the Cadet in further embracing their future role as an Army officer.

MS 402: Mission Command and the Army   3R-3L-4C  W  Prereq: MS 401
MS 402 and MS 403 are the culmination of a four-year sequential, progressive, challenging developmental leadership experience. It is during this quarter and MSL 403 that the Cadet is undergoing final preparation for the duties and responsibilities of a commissioned officer along with their integration into the Army. The emphasis is placed on critical knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies skills newly commissioned officers will need to succeed in their first unit of assignment, and the modern operating environment where they will be expected to plan, prepare, execute, and assess platoon-level training strategies and more to enable mission accomplishment.

MS 403: Leadership in a Complex World II   3R-3L-4C  S  Prereq: MS 402
MS 403 continues the exploration of the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations from MS 402. Cadets examine differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. Aspects of interacting with non-government organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support are examined and evaluated. Significant emphasis is placed on preparing cadets for their first unit of assignment as Second Lieutenants.

MS 497: Military Science Independent Study   Variable Credit  Prereq: MS 301, 302, 303 and Instructor Permission
MS 497 provides ROTC cadets who have completed their Cadet Leader Course the opportunity to conduct detailed research and independent study on a current problem or topic associated with the military. Program of study will be arranged individually with the Professor of Military Science.

Academic Electives

In order to fulfill commissioning requirements, cadets in the Military Science program must take and successfully complete one college undergraduate course to satisfy the Professional Military Education (PME) requirement for American Military History. This should be taken during the course of the student's four years of academic studies and completed prior to graduation and commissioning. A complete listing of all applicable PME courses is available through the ROTC department.