Army ROTC Class

Course Catalog: Army ROTC Course Curriculum

Course Catalog: Army ROTC Courses

MS I Year: Leadership and Personal Development/Introduction to Tactical Leadership 

 

MSL 101 introduces cadets to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Cadets learn how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, goal setting, time management, and physical and mental fitness (resiliency training) relate to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. The focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army leadership dimensions while gaining a big picture understanding of the ROTC program, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for the student.

MSL 102 overviews leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem-solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills. Cadets explore dimensions of leadership attributes and core leader competencies in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises. Continued emphasis is placed on recruitment and retention of cadets. Cadre role models and the building of stronger relationships among the cadets through common experience and practical interaction are critical aspects of the MSL 102 experience. 

MS II Year: Innovative Team Leadership/Foundation of Tactical Leadership 

 

MSL 201 explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and two historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership requirements model. Cadets practice aspects of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing, and assessing team exercises and participating in leadership labs. Focus is on continued development of the knowledge of leadership attributes and core leader competencies through an understanding of Army rank, structure, duties and basic aspects of land navigation and squad tactics. Case studies provide tangible context for learning the Soldier’s Creed and Warrior Ethos as they apply in the operational environment (OE).

MSL 202 examines the challenges of leading tactical teams in the OE. The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. Further study of the theoretical basis of the Army leadership requirements model explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. MSL 202 provides a smooth transition into MSL 301. Cadets develop greater self-awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team building skills. OE case studies give insight into the importance and practice of teamwork and tactics in real-world scenarios.

MS III Year: Adaptive Team Leadership/Applied Team Leadership

 

MSL 301 challenges cadets to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with challenging scenarios related to squad tactical operations. Cadets receive systematic and specific feedback on their leadership attributes and core leader competencies. Based on such feedback, as well as their own self-evaluations, cadets continue to develop their leadership and critical thinking abilities. The focus is developing cadets’ tactical leadership abilities to enable them to succeed at ROTC’s summer Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC).

MSL 302 uses increasingly intense situational leadership challenges to build cadet awareness and skills in leading small units. Skills in decision-making, persuading and motivating team members when ―under fire‖ are explored, evaluated, and developed. Aspects of military operations are reviewed as a means of preparing for the ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). Cadets are expected to apply basic principles of the Law of Land Warfare, Army training, and motivation to troop leading procedures. Emphasis is also placed on conducting military briefings and developing proficiency in Garrison operation orders. MSL 302 cadets are evaluated on what they know and do as leaders. Cadet objectives for MSL 302 include the following:

MS IV Year: Adaptive Leadership/Leadership in a Complex World 

 

MSL 401 transitions the focus of student learning from being trained, mentored and evaluated as an MSL III Cadet to learning how to train, mentor and evaluate underclass Cadets. MSL IV Cadets learn the duties and responsibilities of an Army staff officer and apply the Military Decision Making Process, Army Writing Style, and the Army’s Training Management and METL Development 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.

MSL 402 explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in the OE. 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 nongovernmental organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support. The course places significant emphasis on preparing cadets for their first unit of assignment. It uses case studies, scenarios, and ―What Now, Lieutenant?‖ exercises to prepare cadets to face the complex ethical and practical demands of leading as commissioned officers in the United States Army.

Physical Training (PT)

 

Physical Training is conducted weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 0545-0700. Cadets will conduct accountability formations at 0555 in Parking Lot 5, next to the tennis court and athletic fields, prior to beginning of each physical training session. Uniform for physical training is Improved Physical Fitness Uniform (IPFU). During physical training sessions cadets will be led by experienced UNF cadre members and upperclassmen to include exercises from FM 7-22, Army Physical Readiness Training, and other exercises. A typical physical fitness session ranges from push-ups, sit-ups, and running to ultimate football, soccer, and beach runs.

Currently the United States Army conducts the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) which includes 2 minutes of pushups, 2 minutes of sit-ups, and a 2 mile run. Students looking to join ROTC should begin a physical fitness regimen prior to enrollment to enable meeting the Army physical fitness standards. 

Leadership Lab

 

Leadership Labs are conducted weekly on Tuesday from 1400-1600. Leadership lab is where cadets receive hands on training and apply what they have been taught in their ROTC classes. During leadership labs cadets will participate in Squad Tactical Exercises (STX), First Aid, Land Navigation, Drill and Ceremony and Individual Movement Techniques. Uniform for Leadership Labs is ACU, but individual equipment needs change on a weekly basis.

 

Field Training Exercise (FTX)

 

UNF Army ROTC currently conducts one Field Training Exercise per semester and is typically conducted at Camp Blanding located in Starke, Florida. Field Training Exercises are conducted over a weekend and allow cadets to put all of their training for the semester to practical use. MS III cadets are evaluated on the leadership skill while leading their assigned squad through a variety of training. During Field Training Exercises cadets conduct task training, Squad Tactical Exercises, patrolling, patrol bases and land navigation.