Military Science 412

MSCI 412: Transition to Officership

Prerequisites: MSCI 311, 312, 411

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

Prepares students for service as commissioned officers on Active Duty in the U.S. Army Reserves or Army National Guard. Students are introduced to Army management systems: personnel and logistics, the military’s legal system and its application at company level, and the officer/noncommissioned officer relationship. They are also taught how to prepare subordinate evaluation forms, and how to establish professional goals and objectives through preparation of the Officer Evaluation Report support form. The future officers learn leading “from the front” through providing instruction (both on and off- campus) to underclassmen. They are also required to complete a staff action which involves selecting a project, establishing milestones, estimating resources (sources and costs), presenting an “In Progress Review” briefing, and submitting a written final report summarizing the end results of the completed work at term end. Students plan, prepare and conduct field training exercises for the training of underclassmen. They also prepare and conduct selected leadership laboratory instruction for MSCI 100- 200- and 300-level students.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

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. Conduct an Inspection
2. Write Using the Army Style
3. Give Briefings
4. Defense Principles
5. Staff Planning Procedures
6. Military Ethics and Values
7. Preventive Medicine
8. Leadership Counseling
9. The Military Justice System
10. U.S. Army Logistics System
11. U.S. Army Personnel Management System
12. Soviet Military Power
13. Leadership Doctrine and Values
14. Post/Installation Support
15. Oral Communications
16. New Lieutenant Introduction
17. LDP Training (Scheduling Exercise)
18. Transition to Officer Corps


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. Be the Standards Setters for all "Highlander Detachment" Cadets
2. Focus all training such that it prepares the MS IIIs for success at Advance Camp
3. Use Time Management Techniques to accomplish all Task.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of The Military Decision Making Process
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the OER support form.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the NCOER Evaluation Report.
7. Demonstrate an understanding of the UCMJ and how it relates to you at the company level.
8. Demonstrate an understanding of the care and handling of VIPs.
9. Understand the role of the Platoon Sergeant and the Command Sergeant Major.
10. Make the transition to Lieutenant.
11. Maintain the appropriate level of physical fitness.
12. Plan and conduct field training for the MS III's and prepare AAR.


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 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