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Military Science (MSCI) Course Curriculum

The first two years of military science classes (Basic Course curriculum), freshman (1101 & 1102), and sophomore (2101 & 2102) are open to any student regardless if whether or not they are pursuing a commission as an army officer.  There is no contractual obligation while taking the Basic Course curriculum.  However, students must make the decision to contract and commit to the program before they enter the Advanced Course curriculum.  In order to contract, students must either be a Cadet Command Scholarship recipient, or compete with their peers for a contracting slot, via the Order of Merit List.

Students who enroll into the Army ROTC program and wish to contract and become an army officer upon graduation must complete the following military science course curriculum, preferably in sequence. However, lateral entry students who enter the program as a sophomore or junior may do so as long as they meet the requirements to fulfill the basic course.  Lateral entry students can fulfill basic course 1101 & 1102 requirements if they have a minimum of 2 or more years of JROTC or 1-year of military service and have completed basic combat training.  Some may be eligible to fulfill 1101, 1102, 2101, and 2102 if they have 4 years of JROTC or prior enlisted service of 2-years or more and have completed basic combat training and advanced individual training.  Also students must complete an approved military history course at their respective home institution.

Below are the military science course descriptions for all ROTC students.  All classes must be taken with the corequisite lab (1101L, 1102L, 2101L, 2102L, 3101L, 4101L).

MILITARY SCIENCE (MSCI)

BASIC COURSE CURRICULUM (No contractual obligation)

MSCI 1101. Leadership and Personal Development. (1)  Corequisite: MSCI 1101L. Introduces students to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Students learn how the personal development of life skills such as cultural understanding, goal setting, time management, mental/physical resiliency, and stress management relate to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. Includes instruction in map reading, land navigation, and customs and courtesies of the Army. Participation in leadership lab is required. There is no military obligation to take this course; open to all UNC Charlotte and CAEC consortium students. (Fall)

MSCI 1101L. Leadership and Personal Development Lab. (1)  Corequisite: MSCI 1101.  Students learn the basic fundamentals in being a member of a team.  This is taught through multiple venues including drill and ceremony, land navigation, weapons familiarization, basic rifle marksmanship, medical tasks, individual movement techniques, engaging targets, introduction to the orders process, understanding Army acronyms, hand and arm signals, and radio protocol procedures.  Freshman learn basic leadership skills and master the fundamentals of being a follower. (Fall)

MSCI 1102. Introduction to Leadership. (1) Corequisite: MSCI 1102L.  Overview of leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem-solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills. Students explore dimensions of leadership, attributes and core leader competencies, in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises. Includes instruction in basic tactics. Participation in leadership lab is required. There is no military obligation to take this course; open to all UNC Charlotte and CAEC consortium students. (Spring)

MSCI 1102L. Introduction to Leadership Lab. (1)  Corequisite: MSCI 1102.  Students learn the basic fundamentals in being a member of a team.  This is taught through multiple venues including drill and ceremony, land navigation, weapons familiarization, basic rifle marksmanship, medical tasks, individual movement techniques, engaging targets, introduction to the orders process, understanding Army acronyms, hand and arm signals, and radio protocol procedures.  Freshman learn basic leadership skills and master the fundamentals of being a follower. (Spring)

MSCI 2101. Innovative Team Leadership. (2) Corequisite: MSCI 2101L. Explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership framework.  Students practice aspects of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing, and assessing team exercises and participating in leadership labs. Includes instruction in troop leading procedures, tactical movement, battle drills, and offensive and defensive operations. Participation in leadership lab is required. There is no military obligation to take this course; open to all UNC Charlotte and CAEC consortium students. (Fall)

MSCI 2101L. Innovative Team Leadership Lab. (1)  Corequiste: MSCI 2101.  Students become proficient in the basic fundamentals and are introduced to leading a small team.  This is taught through multiple venues including leading drill and ceremony, advanced land navigation, building terrain models, advanced rifle marksmanship, medical skills, movement formations, movement techniques, special teams, writing operations orders, situation reporting, call for fire, and introduction to battle drills.  Sophomores focus on mentoring freshman and serve as team leaders. (Fall)

MSCI 2102. Foundations of Tactical Leadership. (2) Corequisite: MSCI 2102L.  Examines the challenges of leading teams in the complex operational environment . The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, route planning, and operations orders. Further study of the Army Leadership Requirements Model explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. Participation in leadership lab is required. There is no military obligation to take this course; open to all UNC Charlotte and CAEC consortium students. (Spring)

MSCI 2102L. Foundations of Tactical Leadership Lab. (1) Corequiste: MSCI 2102.  Students become proficient in the basic fundamentals and are introduced to leading a small team.  This is taught through multiple venues including leading drill and ceremony, advanced land navigation, building terrain models, advanced rifle marksmanship, medical skills, movement formations, movement techniques, special teams, writing operations orders, situation reporting, call for fire, and introduction to battle drills.  Sophomores focus on mentoring freshman and serve as team leaders. (Spring)

ADVANCED COURSE CURRICULUM (Student must contract)

MSCI 3101. Adaptive Team Leadership. (3) Prerequisite: Basic Course Credit. Corequisite: MSCI 3101L.  Academically challenging course where Cadets study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of Army leadership, Officership, Army values and ethics, personal development, and small unit tactics at the squad level.  At the conclusion of this course, you will be capable of planning, coordinating, navigating, motivating and leading a 9-person squad in the execution of a tactical mission during a classroom practical exercise, a leadership lab, or during a situational training exercise (STX) in a field environment.  Successful completion of this course will help prepare you for success at the ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) which you will attend next summer at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, WA.  You will receive systematic and specific feedback on your leader attributes, values and core leader competencies from your instructor, other ROTC cadre, and MSIV Cadets who will evaluate you using the ROTC leader development program (LDP) model.  Course includes instruction in squad operations, problem solving, and combat orders.  Participation in leadership lab is required. (Fall)

MSCI 3101L. Adaptive Team Leadership Lab. (1)  Corequisite: MSCI 3101. Challenging scenarios related to small-unit tactical operations are used to develop self-awareness and critical thinking skills. The cadet will receive systematic and specific feedback on leadership abilities. Cadets at this level serve as the Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Corps of the ROTC Battalion; they plan, rehearse, and lead basic course cadets through the program of instruction.  Juniors are the executors of the battalion.  (Fall)

MSCI 3102. Applied Team Leadership. (3) Prerequisite: MSCI 3101. Corequisite: MSCI 3102L. A continuation of MIL 301, where Cadets study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of Army leadership, Officership, Army values and ethics, personal development, and small unit tactics at the patrol/platoon level.  At the conclusion of this course, you will be capable of planning, coordinating, navigating, motivating and leading a 24-person patrol in the execution of a tactical mission during a classroom practical exercise, a leadership lab, or during a situational training exercise (STX) in a field environment.  Successful completion of this course will help prepare you for success at the ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) which you will attend next summer at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, WA.  You will receive systematic and specific feedback on your leader attributes, values and core leader competencies from your instructor, other ROTC cadre, and MSIV Cadets who will evaluate you using the ROTC leader development program (LDP) model.  Course includes instruction in platoon operations, stability and support operations, and garrison orders.  Participation in leadership lab is required. (Spring)

MSCI 3102L. Applied Team Leadership Lab. (1)  Corequisite: MSCI3102.  Specific instruction is given in individual leader development, planning and execution of small-unit operations, individual and team development, and the Army as a career choice. Prepares cadets for the mandatory 3230-day Leader Development and Assessment Course at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, WA during the summer between their junior and senior academic years. (Spring)

MSCI 4101. Developing Adaptive Leaders. (3) Prerequisite: MSCI 3101 and 3102. Corequisite: MSCI 4101L.  Transitions the focus of student learning from being trained, mentored and evaluated as an MSIII Cadet to learning how to train, mentor and evaluate underclass Cadets.  MSIV Cadets learn the duties and responsibilities of an Army staff officer and apply the military decision making process, Army writing style, Army's training management and mission essential task list (METL) processes during weekly training meetings to plan, execute and assess battalion training events.  Cadets learn to safely conduct training by understanding and employing the composite risk management process.  Cadets learn how to use the comprehensive soldier fitness (CSF) program to reduce and manage stress.  Course includes instruction in code of conduct, rules of engagement, counseling, and evaluations Participation in leadership lab is required. Mandatory for all senior ROTC cadets. (Fall)

MSCI 4101L. Developing Adaptive Leaders Lab. (1)  Corequisite: MSCI 4101.  Cadets will lead cadets at lower levels. Leadership experiences are designed to prepare them for their first military unit of assignment. Identify responsibilities of key staff members, coordinate staff roles amongst twelve separate universities and colleges that make up the ROTC battalion, and use battalion field/garrison situations to teach, train, and develop subordinates.  Seniors are the battalion’s staff, primary supervisors and planners, preparing to transition to Second Lieutenants.  (Fall)

MSCI 4102. Leadership in a Complex World. (3) Prerequisite: MSCI 4101. Corequisite: MSCI 4102L.  Explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in the full spectrum operations (FSO).  Cadets examine differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. They also explore aspects of interacting with non-government organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support. Includes instruction in Army organization and modularity, the platoon command team, a battle analysis, and counterinsurgency operations.  Participation in leadership lab is required. Mandatory for all senior ROTC cadets.  (Spring)

MSCI 4102L. Leadership in a Complex World Lab. (1) Corequisite: MSCI 4102.  A continuation of responsibilities listed in MSCI 4101L.  The leadership lab uses case studies, scenarios, and tactical vignettes to prepare cadets to face the complex ethical and practical demands of leading as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. (Spring)

 

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