Army ROTC Rocket Battalion

Leadership Training

Basic Courses

Any enrolled college student can participate in the first two years of Army ROTC basic leadership courses without incurring any military obligation. The Basic Course is designed to introduce the student to basic military concepts, while at the same time having fun. Class activities include rifle shooting, land navigation, and executing military tactics along with the option to participate in extracurricular activities such as the Recon Platoon, Pershing Rifles team, and the Running Club. This is a unique opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the program before deciding if this is a career path for you.

  • MSL 1010 - Introduction to the Army (3 Credit Hours)
    Introduces the Army and the Profession of Arms. Students will examine the Army Profession and what it means to be a professional in the U.S. Army. The overall focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of the Army Leadership Requirements Model while gaining a big picture understanding of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for the student. Cadets also learn how resiliency and fitness supports their development as an Army leader. Leadership lab attendance required and included in the course credit hours.
  • MSL1020 - Foundations of Agile and Adaptive Leadership (3 Credit Hours)
    Introduces the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Cadets learn how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, time management, goal setting, and communication. Cadets learn the basics of the communications process and the importance for leader’s to develop the essential skills to effectively communicate in the Army. Leadership lab attendance required and included in the course credit hours.
  • MSL2010 - Leadership and Decision Making (3 Credit Hours)
    This course adds depth to the understanding of the Adaptability Army Learning Area. The outcomes are demonstrated through Critical and Creative Thinking and the ability to apply Troop Leading Procedures (TLP) to apply Innovative Solutions to Problems. The Army Profession is also stressed through leadership forums and a leadership self-assessment. Students are then required to apply their knowledge outside the classroom in a hands-on performance-oriented environment during weekly leadership lab.
  • MSL2020 - Army Doctrine and Team Development (3 Credit Hours)
    Focuses on Army doctrine and team development. The course begins the journey to understand and demonstrate competencies as they relate to Army doctrine. The relationship of Army Values, Teamwork, and Warrior Ethos 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 at squad level. Students are then required to apply their knowledge outside the classroom in a hands-on performance-oriented environment during a weekly leadership lab.

Advanced Courses

The advanced courses are for students who have successfully completed the Basic Course or have been through Basic Training as an enlisted Soldier. Those enrolled in Advanced course must be contracted with the Army and will commission as a Second Lieutenant and fulfill a military service obligation upon graduation. The last two years of the program are designed to teach the students advanced military tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning, and decision making. All students in the Advance course will attend the Cadet Summer Training Advance Camp normally between their junior and senior year.

  • MSL 3010 - Training Management and the Warfighting Functions (3 Credit Hours)
    Focuses on training management and the warfighting functions. It is an academically challenging course were you will study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of Training Management and how the Army operates through the Warfighting functions. At the conclusion of this course, you will be capable of planning, preparing, and executing training for a squad conducting small unit tactics. Includes a weekly lab using peer facilitation.

  • MSL 3020 - Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations (3 Credit Hours)
    Focuses on applied leadership in small unit operations. It is an academically challenging course where you will study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of direct level leadership and small unit tactics at the platoon level. At the conclusion of this course, you will be capable of planning, coordinating, navigating, motivating and leading a platoon in the execution of a mission. Includes a weekly lab using peer facilitation.
  • MSL 3850 – Advance Camp (3 Credit Hours)
    This is a defining Leader Development experience driven by mission type orders for cadets who have made the commitment to serve as officers in the U.S. Army after graduation. The challenging conditions force Cadets to think critically and lead under a stressful operational environment representative of what platoon leaders of 2025 will encounter. This course only occurs in the summer and is a commissioning requirement. Prerequisite: Department Approval.
  • MSL 4010 - The Army Officer (3 Credit Hours)
    Focuses on development of the Army Officer. It is an academically challenging course were you will develop knowledge, skills, and abilities to plan, resource, and assess training at the small unit level. You will also learn about Army programs that support counseling subordinates and evaluating performance, values and ethics, career planning, and legal responsibilities. At the conclusion of this course, you will be familiar with how to plan, prepare, execute, and continuously assess the conduct of training at the company or field grade officer level. Includes a weekly lab.
  • MSL 4020 - Company Grade Leadership (3 Credit Hours)
    An academically challenging course were you will develop knowledge, skills, and abilities required of junior officers pertaining to the Army in Unified Land Operations and Company Grade Officer roles and responsibilities. Successful completion of this course will assist in preparing you for your BOLC B course and is a mandatory requirement for commissioning. Includes a weekly lab.
  • MSL 4800 - US Military History (3 Credit Hours)
    This course provides you with a historical perspective to decisions made by American military leaders. In this course, you will cover major military engagements from the colonial period through the current operating environment. 
  • MSL 4990 - Independent Studies in US Military History (3 Credit Hours)
    During this course students will examine the origin and development of the profession of arms as it applies to U.S. Army officers. Using ROTC Blackboard students will conduct battle animations and read course materials to gain a base of knowledge of U.S. Military History from the Colonial Period to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and its leaders and how it is continuously evolving to meet the needs of current political situations.

Leadership Lab

All Cadets participate in weekly Leadership Lab as part of their 3 credit hour class. Leadership Lab provides the opportunity for “hands-on” training and skill development. All leadership labs are led by upper-class Cadets as part of their leadership development experience. Leadership labs are usually held on Thursday between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Physical Training

Physical Fitness Training MSL 1030, MSL 1040, MSL 2030, MSL 2040, MSL 3030, MSL 3040, MSL 4030, MSL 4040 (1 Credit Hour)
Physical fitness training sessions are conducted from 6:15 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Physical training is conducted in small groups under the supervision of a group leader and are mandatory three times per week for contracted Cadets.


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Nursing Major Cadets
As an Army ROTC Nurse Cadet, you’ll be able to combine college electives in Military Science and invaluable Nurse summer training experience with your regular Nursing program. You will develop your professional skills while you learn some meaningful things about yourself and what you can accomplish.

What Happens When I Graduate?
Upon completion of the program (and provided all requirements are met), you’ll receive a commission as an officer in the Army Nurse Corps. You’ll be ready to take on the challenges of your profession in one of the military medical treatment facilities in the United States, Germany, or Korea. You will find that your Army ROTC experience has taken you a long way toward realizing your professional goals.

The Duty of a Officer in the Nurse Corp
You have chosen a demanding profession. Medical emergencies require a cool head and clear thinking. Making the most of your skills, building confidence, and helping you realize your leadership and management potential are just some of the advantages you’ll take from your Army ROTC experience.

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Minor in Military Science and Leadership

Cadets who complete 18 credit hours of core military science and leadership requirements qualify to receive the minor.

  • MSL 3010
  • MSL 3020
  • MSL 3850
  • MSL 4010
  • MSL 4020
  • MSL 4800
Last Updated: 4/17/23