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Military Science III


Army ROTC Advanced Course

The Advanced Course (MS 311, 312, and 313) takes place during your last two years in college as elective courses. It normally includes one elective class and lab each term in addition to the requisite physical training and field training exercises, plus the Leader Development and Assessment Course (MS 314) during the summer. You learn advanced military tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning and decision-making. To benefit from the leadership training in the Advanced Course, all Cadets must have completed either the Basic Course or have attended the Leader's Training Course.


Entering the Advanced Course requires a commitment to serve as an Officer in the U.S. Army after you graduate.


Military Science 300 series level course descriptions


MS 305 American Military History (3)
Course prepares ROTC students to employ critical thinking through the study of American military history and the development of the profession of arms. The course covers major military engagements from 1865 through the current operating environment. By analyzing these battles the student will gain an understanding of how the principles of war are applied and how the principles of war are applied and how leadership decisions affected the outcome of the battle.
Prerequisite: consent of instructor


MS 311, 312, and 313: Leadership and Management of Military Organizations (3 credit hours each)

The study of military leadership, management, theory, and dynamics of the military team. Apply principles to advanced military operations.

Includes: leadership, management, and organizational theory, group dynamics, functions of staff organizations, development of the commander’s estimate, combat orders and plans, troop leading procedures, application of leadership concepts in offensive and defensive operations at the squad, platoon, and company level, and fundamentals of small unit tactics/patrolling.


MS 314: Advanced Summer Camp: Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) (6 credit hours)

Practical and theoretical instruction for thirty-three days in a military environment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.
Prerequisite: MS 311, 312, 313


Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC)

LDAC is mandatory for all Advanced Course cadets in the summer after their MS III (junior) year of ROTC. Cadets from across the United States come to Fort Lewis, Washington. for this four-week course. Senior officers and non-commissioned officers evaluate cadets for both their tactical knowledge and leadership capabilities. Cadets must pass this course in order to be commissioned. In addition to pay, cadets receive academic credit for this class.


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