Military Science and Leadership (MSL) courses are open to students having an interest in physical and mental challenges, organizational leadership, management, history, and the military as a profession. Military Science and Leadership courses are also the path to receiving an active or reserve Army commission and a three or four year tour of service as an officer leader.
The MSL courses are sequential and progressive. Participation in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and the signing of an agreement for military service following graduation are not required for taking the freshman and sophomore military science courses (MSL 101A CM , MSL 101B CM , and MSL 102A CM , MSL 102B CM ). These courses are excellent opportunities for students interested in gaining leadership experience. All students interested in attending the Army’s Leadership Training Program in the summer are highly encouraged to enroll in MSL 102B CM .
The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is an on-campus commissioning program open to all students interested in service as an active duty Army officer or reserve officer in the National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve. An undergraduate degree is required for commissioning.
Army ROTC challenges students to develop leadership traits critical to any career, but designed for the military environment. Classroom instruction and leadership laboratories give students an active role in learning and reinforcing course concepts where instructors provide immediate feedback. Additional events each semester include training exercises in leadership development, orienteering, rappelling, rifle marksmanship, and small unit tactics. Students also may participate in active Army training schools during the summer. Airborne training, a three-week course at Ft. Benning, GA, teaches military parachuting techniques and awards airborne wings to participants upon completion of their fifth jump.
Students meet basic program requirements through class attendance in their freshman and sophomore years, or through attendance at Leadership Training Course, a five-week intensive summer leadership training course at Ft. Knox, KY. Students with two full years of college remaining after completion of this training course enroll directly in the advanced program.
Advanced program students attend Leadership Development and Assessment Courses (LDAC) at Ft. Lewis, WA, between their junior and senior year. This camp, the capstone event of each student’s ROTC career, offers an opportunity to demonstrate leadership skills while working alongside fellow students from across the nation.
Interested students may compete for scholarships through the Army ROTC Program. Students in the Military Science and Leadership program attend one to three hours of formal instruction and one two-hour leadership laboratory per week. Students also enroll in physical training three times a week. The goal of the army ROTC Program is to develop prospective officers to meet the challenges of becoming a future Army leader. The program is designed to develop confident, competent and adaptive leaders with the basic military science and leadership foundation necessary not only to lead small units in the Contemporary Operating Environment (COE) but also to evolve into the Army’s future senior leaders.
Primary Contact: MAJ Michael Doyle