Military Science 112

MSCI 112: Developing Leader Skills I

Credit Hours: (2) One hour lecture; two hours laboratory; three hours physical training.

Enrollment in course incurs no military obligation. This course of instruction includes an introduction to the principles of leadership, methods to determine and develop the student’s individual leadership style, evaluating and improving writing and speaking skills, and an introduction to leadership in small tactical units. The course also includes instruction in developing skills involved with individual physical conditioning, land navigation, first aid, and map reading. Students also participate as a member of a team that observes and evaluates leadership styles in a variety of situations. An evaluation of each student’s physical fitness level is conducted to determine eligibility for Airborne, Air Assault or Mountain Warfare training. Students may apply for three-year ROTC scholarships.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Focus. Continues introduction and early development of leadership and soldier skills. Training is introductory in scope and includes leadership, first aid and general military subjects. Specific topics include:

1. Conduct Drills, Ceremonies and Inspections
2. Squad and Platoon Tactical Operations
3. Write Using the Army Style
4. Role of the NCO
5. Branches of the U. S. Army
6. U. S. Constitution
7. First Aid
8. Duties/Authority Officer/NCO
9. Squad Defense
10. Prepare/Conduct Military Briefing
11. Navigate With Map and Compass


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

An informal approach will be used to educate students about Military Science topics. The course emphasizes the fundamentals of leadership. 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. Understand the leadership role of the Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) in the United States Army.
2. Be familiar with selected branches of the United States Army.
3. Demonstrate the ability to draft and edit military correspondence.
4. Know selected first aid techniques/procedures.
5. Demonstrate proficiency in physical fitness training, drill and ceremony, and individual tactics.
6. Understand the U. S. Constitution and how it relates to the military.


Assessment Measures

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

  • Final Exam = 20% A = 90 - 100
  • Midterm Exam = 10% B = 80 - 89.99
  • Participation = 20% C = 70 - 79.99
  • Quizzes (3 X 10%) = 30% D = 60 - 69.99
  • APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test) = 10% F = 0 - 59.99
  • Other (Writing requirement) = 10%


Other Course Information

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

1. Conduct Drill and Ceremony
2. Individual and Buddy First Aid
3. Squad Defense
4. Platoon Defense
5. Prepare Squad/Platoon Combat Orders
6. Navigate using Map and Compass
7. React to Contact Squad/Platoon
8. Conduct Platoon Attack / Raid
9. Conduct Platoon Ambush
10. Army Physical Fitness Test

Spring 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 in scope and includes leadership, operations and tactics, and land navigation subjects.

Special topics include: Performing Platoon and Squad Level Operations and using Teamwork of the unit to conduct multiple task. Specific topics include:

1. Marshall and deploy to Training Area
2. Establish an Assembly Area
3. Conduct Troop Leading Procedures
4. Conduct Platoon Offense Operations
5. Conduct Platoon Defense Operations
6. Conduct Squad Ambush
7. React to Ambush
8. Conduct an After Action Review
9. Redeploy to Campus

Cadet Command Events

1. Social functions, Awards Ceremony, Dinning Out
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