Military Science 412

MSCI 412: Company Grade Leadership

Prerequisites: MSCI 411, Department chair authorization is also required

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

In this course students will explore the dynamics of company grade leadership in complex situations of current military operations. The student will further develop their understanding mission command, the Army organization, and Army Command programs.

Detailed Description of Content of Course

Company Grade Leadership explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations. The student will discuss the roles and functions of Geographic and Functional Combatant Commands and will become familiar with Army Special operations Forces. The student will examine the Art of Command and how to properly communicate with Non-Commissioned Officers and Soliders during Taking Charge 1, 2, and 3. During Cultural Awareness, the student will disucss numerous situations on how ethical decisions impact personnel and the unit mission. Through the understanding of their roles and responsibilites, the student will learn about Comprehensive Solider Fitness (CSF), Being REady and Resilient (R2C), and Individual and Family Readiness can assist them in preparing Soliders and Families on reducing and managing stress during times of uncertainty.

Focus. Continues development of leader and critical skills. Training is supplementary and includes leadership, written and oral communications, operations and tactics, military law and justice, and general military subjects. Specific topics include:

1) Battle Anaylsis
2) Geographic and Functional Commands
3) The Army Operating Concept/The Operational Process
4) Unified Land Operations
5) Resiliency
6) Compressive Solider and Family Fitness
7) Staff Planning - The Military Decision Making Process
8) Platoon Leadership
9) Taking Charge of your first unit - relationship with Soliders
10) Cultural Awareness
11) Staff Ride
12) Army Supply System
13) Maintenance
14) Financing the Force
15) Additional Duties
16) The Army Installation Resources
17) Conduct Inspections
18) Plan and Lead Training Events

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) Identify the leaders roles and responsibilities for enforcing Army policies and programs
2) Explore the dynamics of building a team prepared to handle any future operational environment and win
3) Examine the importance of understanding culture and how it can affect your unit and mission
4) Complete responsibilities in Cadet battalion leadership roles and training management
5) Develop both oral and written communication skills by conducting battle analysis and information briefs
6) Prepare for the transition to a career as an Army Officer

Assessment Measures

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

Class Participation                                       10%
Battle Analysis Brief                                     5%
Information Brief                                          10%
Cadet Officer Evaluation Support Form      10%
Online Assignments (2 assignments)          5%
Mid Term Exam                                             10%
Final Exam                                                     10%
Term Project                                                  20%
APFT                                                              20%

Additionally, cadets who participate in extracurricular events (supporting community service projects, such as Color Guard, Polar Plunge, Highlander Days) can earn up to 10 points for extra credit.

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) Individual and Budyy First Aid
2) Squad reconnaissance/ Squad Ambush
3) Squad Assault
4) Platoon reconnaissance
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.

Specific topics include:

1) Establish a Patrol Base
2) Conduct Land Navigation
3) Conduct Troop Leading Procedures
4) Conduct Platoon Offense Operations
5) Conduct an After Action Review
6) Redeploy to Campus

Cadet Command Events

1. Social functions, Awards Ceremony, Dinning Out
2. Cadet Ride, Battlefield Study
3. Physical Training (two to five times per week)


Review and Approval

April 18, 2017
March 16, 1998 Updated MAJ Perry N. Caskey