In the basic course, cadets learn basic military skills and receive the foundation for leadership and management skills that are expanded during the advanced course. The Basic Course is open to all full-time UWM students without any obligation to the Army.
Freshman (8-10 hours per week)
MIL SCI 110: Leadership and Personal Development
Cadets will learn how the personal development of life skills such as cultural understanding, goal setting, time management, stress management and comprehensive fitness relate to leadership, officership and the Army profession. The focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army leadership dimensions, attributes and core leader competencies while gaining an understanding of the ROTC program, its purpose in the Army and its advantages for the student.
MIL SCI 120: Introduction to Leadership
Cadets will learn how Army ethics and values shape the Army and the specific ways that these ethics are inculcated into Army culture. Cadets can expect to explore the Seven Army Values, Warrior Ethos, the Profession of Arms, Army leadership and critical communication skills.
Sophomore (9-11 hours per week)
MIL SCI 210: Foundations of Leadership
Primarily is drawn from the Adaptability ALA. The outcomes are demonstrated through critical and creative thinking and the ability to apply troop leading procedures (TLP). Comprehension of the officer‘s role in leading change by applying innovative solutions to problems in concert with the principles of mission command. The Army profession is also stressed through leadership forums and a leadership self-assessment.
MIL SCI 220: Foundations of Tactical Leadership
Begins the journey to understand and demonstrate cross-cultural competencies as they relate to Army doctrine and how they apply in a combatant commander’s engagement strategies. Army Values, teamwork, and Warrior Ethos and their relationship to the Law of Land Warfare and philosophy of military service are also stressed. The ability to lead and follow is also covered through team building exercises in small units up to squad level.
During the Advanced Course, cadets learn more extensive leadership and management skills, and they are placed into various leadership positions in the battalion. Cadets also develop skills and attributes that are essential for all commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.
Junior (11-13 hours per week)
MIL SCI 310: Adaptive Team Leadership
Challenges cadets to study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of Army leadership, officership, Army Values and ethics, personal development, and small unit tactics at the platoon level. Cadets receive systematic and specific feedback on their leadership attributes and core leader competencies from their Military Science Instructor (MSI), other ROTC cadre and senior cadets using the Cadet Officer Evaluation System (OES).
MIL SCI 320: Applied Team Leadership
Builds on the lessons learned and leadership attributes gained and developed during MSL301. This is an academically challenging course were cadets will study, practice and apply the fundamentals of Army leadership, officership, Army Values and ethics, personal development and small unit tactics at the platoon level. At the conclusion of this course, cadets will be capable of planning, coordinating, navigating, motivating and leading a squad and platoon in the execution of a mission during a classroom practical exercise, a leadership lab, or during a field training exercise (FTX).
Summer Advanced Camp
In addition to completing the military science courses, Advanced-Course students are required to attend the Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky, during the summer between the junior and senior years. During this 31-day camp, cadets are expected to apply all of the skills that they have learned in the ROTC program. In addition, cadets are offered the opportunity to compete for a chance to attend Airborne School, Air Assault School or Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT). CTLT is an “internship” in which cadets have a chance to see what a Second Lieutenant does on an active duty Army post.
To qualify for the Advanced Course, students must accomplish one of the following:
- Complete the two years of the basic course;
- Attend the Basic Leaders Course, a six-week camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky; or
- Complete U.S. Army Basic Training or its equivalent.
Senior (15-20 hours per week)
MIL SCI 410: Adaptive Leadership
Develops cadet proficiency in planning, executing and assessing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff and providing performance feedback to subordinates. Cadets assess risk, make ethical decisions and lead fellow Army ROTC cadets. They identify responsibilities of key staff, coordinate staff roles and use situational opportunities to teach, train and develop subordinates.
MIL SCI 420: Leadership in a Complex World
Explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in today’s operational 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 nongovernmental organizations, civilians on the battlefield and host nation support. The course places significant emphasis on preparing cadets for their first unit of assignment.
PHYSICAL TRAINING and LAB
MIL SCI 101/102, 201/202, 301/302, 401/402: Military Physical Training & Laboratory
Three times a week, cadets are required to attend physical training (PT). During PT, cadets do physical activities that strengthen one’s ability to meet the physical demands of any combat or duty position. During PT, cadets also prepare for the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT). These activities can involve a variety of cardio, strength and endurance exercises. PT is conducted at UWM for all four years.
Laboratory: Fridays, 6-8 a.m. at Marquette University
In addition to physical training, students are required to apply their knowledge outside the classroom in a hands-on, performance-oriented environment during leadership labs. Examples of leadership labs include: entering & clearing rooms, squad/platoon attack, ambush, area defense and nursing/first aid.
FIELD TRAINING EXERCISE
Once a semester, all of the cadets in the program go to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, to practice all of the skills that they have learned. Advanced Course cadets also are given the opportunity to improve their leadership skills by being placed in various leadership positions leading other cadets.