Military Science Courses

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Military Science Program of Study Goals & Objectives

At the conclusion of the Military Science Program of study students should demonstrate a firm understanding of the following: 

  • Leadership Attributes, Skills, Actions
  • Army Values, Professional Ethics, Warrior Ethos, Ethical Decision Making
  • Military Law
  • Tactical Operations
  • Personal Development – Character, Intellectual Capacity, Adaptability, Physical Fitness
  • Officership – Military History, Military Heritage, Army Management and Administration, Customs and Courtesies

The Military Science Program of Study

Three Components to Military Science Course Work:

    •  Classroom (2-4 hours per Week) 
    •  Leadership Lab (2 hours per Week) (MS111L) 
    •  Physical Training (4 hours per Week) (PHED138) 
    •  Fits with any academic major program of instruction.  No military obligation for enrolling in MSL 101/102/201/202  
    •  Leadership Minor is available to those Cadets who successfully complete the prescribed Military Science courses, as well as select courses as directed by the University of Scranton

Military Science 401 & 402

Military Science and Leadership 401 and 402 are designed to develop a students proficiency in leading, planning, executing and assessing complex operations, as well as functioning as a member of a staff and providing leadership-performance feedback to subordinates.  These courses provide students with situational opportunities to assess risk, analyze Military History, make ethical decisions and provide mentoring to fellow Military Science students.  Students are expected to analyze and evaluate their own leadership skills, as well as those of fellow cadets in order to further develop those leadership abilities.  In addition to classroom instruction all students enrolled in Military Science 401/402 will participate in Army Physical Training four days a week, Military Leadership Labs once a week, and a Battalion Level Field Training Exercise each semester.  Additionally, all MS 401 Cadets will take part in a Military Staff Ride as part of the course and their professional development.

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Military Science 301 & 302

The Military Science 301 and 302 courses challenge Cadets to study, practice and evaluate leadership skills as they are presented with the demands of preparing for the R.O.T.C. Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC).  Students are presented with challenging scenarios related to small-unit tactical operations in order to develop self-awareness and critical-thinking skills.  Cadets are expected to apply effective oral and written communications skills to operations.  Cadets receive systematic and specific feedback from peers and instructors on their leadership values, attributes, skills and actions. In addition to classroom instruction all students enrolled in Military Science 301/302 will participate in Army Physical Training four days a week, Military Leadership Labs once a week, and a Battalion Level Field Training Exercise each semester.

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Military Science 201 & 202

The Military Science and Leadership 201 and 202 course will highlight dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders.  Additional learning objectives of this course are to explore leadership in the operational environment incorporating tactical strategies, and team development. We will continue to explore theoretical foundations of the Army leadership framework and investigate adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. This course is designed to provide the student with a glimpse of future subjects and to provide the student with enough information to make an informed decision on their interest level for this course.  In addition to classroom instruction all students enrolled in Military Science 201/202 will participate in Army Physical Training three days a week, Military Leadership Labs once a week, and a Battalion Level Field Training Exercise each semester.

Military Science 101 & 102

Military Science 101 and 102 courses introduce 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, goal setting, time management, physical fitness and stree management relate to leadership and officership.  The courses help students develop a basic knowledge and understanding of Army leader attributes, core leader competencies and understand the role of R.O.T.C. and its purpose in the Army. In addition to classroom instruction all students enrolled in Military Science 101/102 will participate in Army Physical Training three days a week, Military Leadership Labs once a week, and a Battalion Level Field Training Exercise each semester.
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Leadership Lab

Every Cadet enrolled in a Military Science course will also enroll in and attend a weekly two-hour Leadership Lab conducted each Thursday afternoon.  Leadership Labs are designed to allow Cadets to practice the skills and leadership traits they have received in the classroom in a tactical and hands-on setting.  Cadets will be trained and tested on a wide-range of Military skills at Leadership LaBs throughout the semester.  Cadets will receive training and instruction in areas such as Drill & Ceremony, First Aid, Small Unit Tactics/Patrolling, Land Navingation, Weapons assembly and disassembly and much more.  Leadership Labs are designed to prepare Cadets to be proficient is skills that they will be expected to demonstrate during the Leadership Develop and Assessment Course held between the MS III and MS IV year.  

Physical Training

The Royal Warrior Battalion executes a strenuous physical training program designed to test the physical stamina and endurance of Cadets.  Cadets taking MS I and MS II level courses will attend physical training three mornings a week from 0630-0730.  Those Cadets in the MS III and IV programs will be expected to attend physical training four mornings a week.  The physical training program uses a combination of exercises, routines and training to prepare Cadets to successfully pass the Army Physical Fitness Test, meet the physical demands of various summer training programs, to include the Leader Development and Assessment Course, as well as develop and maintain the mental and physical stamina demanded of leaders in the United States Army.

Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC)

Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) is the most important training event in the career progression of an Army ROTC Cadet. The 29-day course incorporates a wide range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability. The challenges are rigorous and demanding, both mentally and physically. LDAC tests intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina. These challenges provide a new perspective on an individual's ability to perform exacting tasks and to make difficult decisions in demanding situations both in a tactical and garrison environment.  A student typically attends LDAC during the summer between his or her Junior and Senior year.  The course is conducted at Joint Base Lewis McCord near Tacoma, Washington.

Cadet Professional Development Training

Each Summer the Military Science Department is authorized to send a select number of Cadets to various Cadet Professional Development Training programs both in the United States and overseas.  These courses are designed to expand a Cadet's understanding of Military operations, as well as promote their personal and professional growth as a leader.  Over the past several summers Cadets from the Royal Warrior Battalion have participated in the following training:

              -Airborne School

              -Air Assault School

              -Northern Warfare School

              -Cultural and Language Training Program

              -Cadet Troop Leading Training

              -Mountain Warfare School 

-Nurse Summer Training Program

-Cadet Field Training w/USMA

Professional Military Education Opportunities

All MS IV Cadets must participate in a Military Staff Ride in the Fall semester of their MS IV (senior year).  The goal of the Staff Ride is to provide students with an opportunity to visit a historic battle site, as well as conduct a detailed study and analysis of a conflict.  The Staff Ride is a pre-commissioning requirement.
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