Military Science 312

MSCI 312: Developing Leader Skills III

Prerequisites: MSCI 111, 112, 211, 212 or placement credit as determined by the Professor Military Science.

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

Involves planning for the unexpected in organizations under stress; developing alternate courses of action which can succeed; delegating tasks and supervising subordinate leaders; and when and how to provide guidance and direction. Students also analyze a military operation and, as a leader of a 35-member platoon, prepare a written directive (operations order) necessary to successfully complete the mission. The operations order is presented orally to the student’s platoon, and the student is evaluated on his ability to lead the unit to the successful accomplishment of the mission through properly utilizing three subordinate squad leaders and six team leaders in a 48-hour off-campus exercise. Course emphasis is on unit leader responsibilities, map interpretation, tactical communications, doctrine, systems and techniques, first aid, water survival, rappelling, squad and platoon offensive and defensive tactics, land navigation and other basic military skills. Evaluation of physical fitness level is conducted to determine eligibility for Airborne, Air Assault or Mountain Warfare training, participation in the Advanced Leadership Camp (Ft. Lewis, WA) and for assignment as a leader in an active Army unit during the summer.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Focus. Continues development of intermediate level cadet leader skills in preparation for Advanced Camp. Training is supplementary in scope and includes leadership, written and oral communications, operations and tactics, land navigation, weapons, and radio and wire communication subjects. Specific topics include:

1. Conduct Drill and Ceremonies
2. Give Briefings
3. Defend a Squad and Platoon Position
4. Conduct a Recon
5. Prepare Squad/Platoon Combat Orders
6. Control Movement Techniques at Squad Platoon Level
7. Conduct Platoon Offense Operations
8. Move Under Direct Fire
9. React to Indirect Fire
10. Use Challenge/Password
11. Practice Noise, Light, Litter Discipline
12. Analyze Terrain
13. Navigate Using Map/Compass
14. Plan and Supervise
15. Garrison Operations
16. Conduct an After Action Review
17. Communicate on a Tactical Radio
18. Determine Call Signs/Frequencies
19. Employ a Numeral/Cipher

Authentication System

20. Principles of War
21. Command and Staff Functions
22. Leadership
23. Branches of the U.S. Army
24. Green Tab Leadership
25. Oral Communications


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 and platoon 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
  • COMMO/NBC Exam = 10% B = 80 - 89.99
  • Team Leadership Exam = 10% C = 70 - 79.99
  • GTL/LAP Exam = 10% D = 60 - 69.99
  • OPORD Homework = 05% F = 0 - 59.99
  • Written Essay = 10%
  • 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 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