Military Science 411

MSCI 411: Leadership Challenges and Organizational Goal-Setting

Prerequisites: MSCI 311, 312

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

Includes studies in advanced leadership and management: how to assess organizational cohesion and what to do if it is lacking. Students conduct an after-action review and write an after-action report based upon lessons learned from the past summer’s Advanced Leadership Practicum at Ft. Lewis. They also examine the components of the Army’s training cycle. Students study 384 methods of instruction and conduct classes for underclassmen. They also learn how to counsel subordinates to improve individual and group performance. Students continue to improve oral and written communication skills through the presentation of a briefing and submission of a written assessment of leadership failures or successes based upon a “first battle” chosen from any American military conflict.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Focus. Develops leadership and technical/tactical skills through performance as trainer/supervisor. Training is supplementary and includes leadership, written and oral communications, operations and tactics, physical fitness, training management and general military subjects, including:

Conduct Drill and Ceremonies
2. Conduct Inspection
3. Write Using the Army Style
4. Give Briefings
5. Conduct Squad Level Operations
6. Implement an Individual Fitness Program
7. Prepare to Conduct Training
8. Conduct Training
9. Conduct an After Action Review
10. Joint Operations
11. The Army Supply System
12. The Army Maintenance System
13. Leadership Counseling
14. The Army's Program to Combat Terrorism
15. Battle Focus Training System
16. The Army Training Philosophy
17. LDP Training (In-Basket Exercise)


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. Provide feedback on Advanced Camp.
2. Understand and implement the Army Training Management System.
3. Demonstrate an ability to draft and edit military correspondence.
4. Demonstrate a familiarity with staff functions.
5. Plan and conduct meetings.
6. Plan and conduct briefings.
7. Prepare Operations Orders for cadet training and demonstrate an understanding of the use and preparation on an Operations Order.
8. Demonstrate an understanding of terrain analysis and OCOKA.
9. Be able to conduct an inspection of training being performed.
10. Establish a physical training program for yourself and subordinates.
11. Demonstrate an understanding of the Army logistical system.
12. Demonstrate an understanding of the professional military ethic, the need for ethics and ethical dilemmas you may encounter as a professional soldier.
13. Demonstrate a familiarity with the U.S. Constitution.
14. Plan/Execute field training exercises and prepare after action reports.
15. Complete all accession requirements.
16. Complete Leadership Development Program requirements.
17. Plan and conduct field training for the MS III class.
18. Serve as a role model and mentor for Basic Course cadets.


Assessment Measures

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

  • Final Exam = 30% A = 90 - 100
  • Midterm Exam = 20% B = 80 - 89.99
  • Participation = 10% C = 70 - 79.99
  • APFT = 10% D = 60 - 69.99
  • Writing / Briefing = 15% F = 0 - 59.99
  • Duty Position = 15%

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

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