Competencies critical for effective leadership. Cadets learn life skills, such as critical thinking, goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management related to leadership, officership, and the army profession. Focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of army leadership dimensions while gaining an understanding of the Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC), its purpose for the army, and its advantages for the cadet. Open to all freshmen.
Leadership fundamental such as setting direction, problem solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills. Cadets explore dimensions of leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises. Open to all freshmen.
Application of skills acquired in assigned military science classes. Leadership labs meet for 3 hours per week at varying off-campus locations to maximize training opportunities. The labs are sequential and progressive in nature, and correspond with every level of the military science classes. Lab participation is mandatory for all contracted cadets regardless of academic classification. Open to all students enrolled in military science courses. Course may be repeated for additional credit.
Dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles. Cadets study team dynamics and historical leadership theories that form the basis of the army leadership framework and learn techniques of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing and assessing team exercises. Cadets are encouraged to participate in leadership labs to demonstrate comprehension of class materials. Focus is on continues development of the knowledge of leadership values and attributes through an understanding of rank, structure, and duties, and basic aspects of tactics and land navigation. Open to all sophomores.
Team-building and leadership theory, personal communications skills, team goal-setting and time-management skills. Cadets will explore the conduct of tactical operations at small unit levels. As potential army officers, cadets will be challenged to study, practice, and execute army leadership and values as they become more familiar with the army. Participation in leadership labs is highly encouraged for all enrolled cadets. Open to all sophomores.
The study, practice, and evaluation of adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with the demands of preparing for the ROTC Leader Development Assessment Course (LDAC). Challenging scenarios related to small unit tactical operations are used to develop self awareness and critical thinking skills. Cadets analyze and evaluate their own leadership attributes, skills, and actions. Primary attention is given to preparation for LDAC and development of leadership abilities. Open to contracted juniors and seniors only.
Intense situational leadership challenges to build cadet awareness and skills in leading tactical operations. Cadets review aspects of combat, stability, and support operations. Cadets also conduct military briefings and develop proficiency in garrison operation orders. The focus is on exploring, evaluating and developing skills in decision making, persuading, and motivating team members in the contemporary operating environment. Open to contracted junior and graduate students only.
Planning, executing, and assessing complex operations. Cadets function as staff members and provide leadership performance feedback to subordinates. Cadets are given situational opportunities to assess risk, make ethical decisions, and provide mentorship to subordinate cadets. Participants are responsible for analyzing and evaluating the leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions of military science cadets while simultaneously evaluating their own leadership skills. Attention is given to preparation for future military assignments. Open to contracted seniors and graduate students only.
The dynamics of leading in complex ongoing military operations in the current operating environment. 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 governmental organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support. Significant emphasis is on preparing cadets for their first units of assignment. Open to contracted senior and graduate students only.