Military Science Level IV
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MSL 401 (3-3-2) The Army Officer: 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. The overall objective of this course is to prepare the student for success at the Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) B, (which the student will attend upon graduation and commissioning) and to develop the student into a leader imbued with the Warrior Ethos, who can think critically and will be capable of leading Soldiers in the Full Spectrum Operating Environment (OE) at their first unit of assignment. Fall semester only (2 hrs.)
MSL 402 (3-3-4) Company Grade Leadership: MSL 402 explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in the full spectrum operations (FSO). You will examine differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. You also explore aspects of interacting with non-government organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support. The course places significant emphasis on preparing you for BOLC B, and your first unit of assignment. It uses case studies, scenarios, and "What Now, Lieutenant?" exercises to prepare you to face the complex ethical and practical demands of leading as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. Spring semester only (2 hrs.)