Military Science 311

MSCI 311: Leading Small Organizations

Prerequisites: Permission of the Professor of Military Science 9PMS) and/or the Officer-in-Charge (OIC)/Department Chair.

Credit Hours: (4) Three hours lecture; two hours laboratory; three hours physical training

Involves analyzing ethical dilemmas in leadership when organizational goals conflict with member welfare, examining the role of policy and standard operating procedures in organizations, and developing effective writing and oral presentation skills. Students are also required to organize a team and successfully lead it to a predetermined location (land navigation in the Jefferson National Forest). Instruction includes students serving as an apprentice instructor conducting a physical training session for 30 participants. Students are also evaluated as leaders of a 10-person team and alternately as a leader of a five person team, assigned various tasks to complete during a 48-hour off-campus exercise.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Focus. Continues development of cadet competencies and confidence through intermediate leadership and technical/tactical instruction. Training is supplementary in scope and includes leadership, written and oral communication, operations and tactics, land navigation, physical fitness, weapons, and general military subjects. Specific topics include:

1. Prepare and Issue Squad Combat Orders
2. Leadership Development Program
3. Small Unit Combat Operations
4. Infantry Squad Battle Drills
5. Conduct Small Unit Defense
6. Report Casualties, Request MEDEVAC
7. Call For and Adjust Indirect Fire
8. Navigate with Map and Compass
9. Prepare and Conduct Military Briefings
10. Control Entry Into Restricted Area
11. Garrison Operations
12. Report, Evaluate Intelligence
13. Apply Principles of War
14. Employ IEW Assets
15. First Aid
16. Army Logistical Operations
17. Communicate With a Tactical Radio
18. Write in the Army Style
19. Military Ethics
20. Green Tab Leadership
21. Conduct After Action Review
22. Evaluate Effectiveness of Training
23. Platoon Operations Overview
24. Implement a Physical Fitness Program
25. Green Tab Leadership


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

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


Goals and Objective of the Course

1. Demonstrate the ability to perform land navigation and become proficient at map reading fundamentals.
2. Demonstrate proficiency in basic infantry tactics at individual and squad level. Conduct offensive and defensive operations at the squad level.
3. Demonstrate the ability to produce a five paragraph operations order for squad and platoon operations.
4. Demonstrate proficiency in analyzing terrain, basic rifle marksmanship, physical readiness and use of the machine gun.
5. Demonstrate proficiency in using the PRC-77 and TA312, find frequencies, call signs, item number identifiers and supplemental information in the CEOI know basic COMSEC measures; and be able to encrypt/decrypt and authenticate using the KTC 1400.
6. Demonstrate proficiency in conducting military briefings.


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments will include in-class examinations, briefing, physical fitness test and written assignments. The grading scale is listed below:

  • Final Exam = 25% A = 90 - 100
  • Land Nav Exam = 10% B = 80 - 89.99
  • STRAC Exam = 10% C = 70 - 79.99
  • Leadership Exam = 10% D = 60 - 69.99
  • COMMO Exam = 10% F = 0 - 59.99
  • Information Brief = 05%
  • Participation = 10%
  • APFT = 20%

Cadets may earn up to 5% of their semester grade as extra credit for improving their record APFT score. Extra credit points are applied to the following APFT scores:

  • 280 = 1 point 295 = 4 points
  • 285 = 2 points 300 = 5 points
  • 290 = 3 points

Additionally, cadets who increase their APFT score by 30 points on any APFT for record will receive 1 extra credit point.


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

March 25, 2016
March 16, 1998 Updated MAJ Perry N. Caskey