Military Science 111

MSCI 111: Introduction to Leadership and the Army

Credit Hours: (2) One hour lecture; two hours laboratory

Enrollment in course incurs no military obligation. This course of instruction is an introductory study of various leadership styles and their effects on military organizations and the organization of the U.S. Army, its roles, missions, customs and traditions. Students also receive instruction on the use of the lensatic compass, map reading, first aid, CPR, and physical conditioning. As part of the course, students participate as a member of a team observing and evaluating leader behavior in a variety of situations, both in and out of the classroom. Adventure training is available on an elective basis and can include rappelling, field activities and weapons firing. Students may apply for three-year ROTC scholarships.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Purpose. Begins the leader development process. Designed to acquaint cadets with the Army and introduce fundamental individual skills. Training is intended to attract students and build commitment toward a lifetime of officer service. Provides a variety of subjects to stimulate cadet interest and commitment. Training is introductory in scope and includes:

1. Conduct Drill and Ceremonies and Inspections
2. Leadership Development Program
3. Write Using the Army Style
4. Implement an Individual Fitness Program
5. Leadership Doctrine
6. Customs and Traditions of Service
7. Role of the U.S. Army National Guard and Reserves
8. Role of the U.S. Army
9. First Aid
10. Individual Squad and Platoon Tactics
11. Basic Military Skills
12. Organization of the U.S. Army
13. Operate M16A1/A2 Rifle
14. Perform First Aid
15. Issue Oral Operations Order
16. Navigate Dismounted
17. Preventative Medicine


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

An informal approach will be used to educate students about Military Science topics. Emphasizes introductory level topics pertaining to the U.S. Army organization and role. The one-hour class is summarized as "lecture" or informal discussion. A two-hour laboratory is devoted to hands on training in basic military skills.


Goals and Objective of the Course

This course serves as a portion of the basic course qualification process, as directed by Cadet Command, with the following listed objectives:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the role and organization of the U.S. Army, Army Reserves, and National Guard.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of basic military skills including map reading, tactics, and drill and ceremonies.
3. Understand and comply with customs and traditions of the service.
4. Develop student leadership through the use of the Leadership Assessment Program (LAP).
5. Demonstrate basic written communications skills.


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments will include in-class quizzes, tests and written assignments. The grading scale is listed below:

  • Quizzes = 30% A = 90 - 100
  • Autobiography = 10% B = 80 - 89.99
  • Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) = 10% C = 70 - 79.99
  • Class Participation = 10% D = 60 - 69.99
  • Midterm Exam = 20% F = 0 - 59.99
  • Final Exam = 20%


Other Course Information

Leadership Lab Focus. Serves as learning laboratories for hands-on practical experiences. Training is supplementary and includes operations and tactics, land navigation and radio and wire communication subjects. The APFT is administered to assess the state of physical development. Specific lab topics include:

1. Conduct Drill and Ceremony
2. Squad level Tactics, Basic Infantry Battledrills
3. Communicate on a Tactical Radio
4. Navigate using a map / compass
5. Prepare Squad/Platoon Combat Orders
6. Conduct PreCombat inspection for FTX
7. Conduct equipment recovery operations
8. Conduct Preliminary Marksmanship Instruction
9. Army Physical Fitness Test

Fall Field Training Exercise Focus. Continues development of leader skills in a field environment. The focus is on soldier-team development at small unit level. Training is supplementary and includes leadership, operations and tactics, and land navigation subjects. Special topics including military mountaineering, field survival skills, individual tactical techniques, and small unit tactical operations are covered. Specific topics include:

1. Establish a BIVOAC site
2. Individual Tactical Training
3. Squad Tactics/Patrolling
4. Supplemental weapons instruction

Cadet Command Events

1. Social functions, Awards Ceremony, Dinning In
2. Cadet Ride, Battlefield Study
3. Physical Training (three times per week)


Review and Approval

Date Action Reviewed by
March 16, 1998 Updated MAJ Perry N. Caskey