Military Science 212

MSCI 212: Developing Leadership Skills II

Credit Hours: (3) Two hour lectures; two hours laboratory; three hours physical training.

Enrollment in course incurs no military obligation. Course includes analyzing group missions to determine specified and implied tasks, organizing and conducting an oral presentation, and preparing a concise, written directive (operations order) detailing how a team will accomplish a task. Students also serve as a team leader during a 48-hour off-campus practical exercise incorporating individual skills of land navigation and physical conditioning. Adventure training is available on an elective basis. An assessment of physical fitness levels is conducted to determine eligibility for summer Airborne, Air Assault or Mountain Warfare training. Students may apply for two-year scholarships.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Focus. Continues development of cadet leadership and critical skills. Training is basic in scope and includes leadership, written and oral communications, operations and tactics, first aid, radio and wire communications, and general military subjects. Specific topics include:

1. Duty and Authority of Officer/NCO
2. Squad/Platoon Defense Operations
3. Control Entry Into Restricted Area
4. Enforce EO/Sexual Harrassment
5. Individual/Small Unit Movement Techniques
6. Squad/Platoon Offense Operations
7. Total Fitness Program
8. Leadership Development Program
9. Coordinate Activities with Staff
10. Apply Customs and Traditions of Service
11. Prepare and Conduct Military Briefings
12. Report Intelligence
13. 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 applied
leadership and military basic skills. Although the one hour of class each week would have to be summarized as "lecture", 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 determined by Cadet Command, with the following listed objectives:

1. Describe the five colors of a military map and how the map is organized; understand the military grid reference system, the operation of the lensatic compass, solve intersection, resection and modified resection problems; determine pace counts, slopes, elevations and distances.
2. Describe the nine principles of war, their history and apply them to historical examples.
3. Understand the make-up and relationship to the commander of various types of military staffs including the coordinating, personnel and special staffs; learn individual staff responsibilities and roles in staff operations.
4. Develop and exercise the basic tools of oral and written military communications.
5. Identify and screen students who wish to contract into the advanced portion of ROTC.


Assessment Measures

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

  • Final Exam = 20% A = 90 - 100
  • Midterm Exam = 20% B = 80 - 89.99
  • Participation = 10% C = 70 - 79.99
  • Quizzes = 30% D = 60 - 69.99
  • Army Physical Fitness Test = 10% F = 0 - 59.99
  • Writing/briefing 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