MSL 101 introduces you to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership and communication. You will learn how the personal development of life skills such as (cultural understanding, goal setting, time management, mental/physical resiliency, and stress management) relate to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. The focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army leadership dimensions.
MSL 102 overviews leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem-solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills. You will explore dimensions of leadership attributes and core leader competencies in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises.
MSL 201 explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and two historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership framework. Aspects of personal motivation and team building are practiced planning, executing and assessing team exercises. In addition, students will continue developing their knowledge of Army rank, structure, duties, and squad tactics. Case studies will provide context for learning the Soldier’s Creed and Warrior Ethos.
MSL 202 examines the challenges of leading in complex situations. The course highlights terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. Further study of theoretical basis of Army Leadership Requirements Model explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations.
During Your MS II year, you will be given responsibility to lead a team. Being a team leader will allow you the opportunity to put classroom theory into practice.
YEAR 3 - ADVANCED COURSE
MSL 301 & 302 are academically challenging courses where you will study, practice and apply the fundamentals of Army leadership, Officership and small unit tactics at the squad and platoon level. At the conclusion of this course, you will be capable of planning, coordinating, navigating, motivating and leading in the execution of a tactical mission during classroom Practice, Leadership Labs or during Situational Training Exercises in a field. This course will help prepare you for the Cadet Summer Training Advanced Camp, which students attend during the summer at Fort Knox, KY. This course includes reading assignments, homework assignments, small group assignments, briefings, case studies and practical exercises, a mid-term exam and a final exam.
YEAR 4 -ADVANCED COURSE
MSL 401 teaches students how to mentored and evaluated underclass Cadets. MS 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 Mission Essential Task List Development processes during weekly Training Meetings.
MSL 402 explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in the full spectrum operations. You will examine differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism.
During this semester students will:
- Explore Military Professional Ethics and ethical decision making facing an Officer
- Gain practical experience in cadet battalion leadership roles
- Demonstrate personal skills in operations and communications
- Evaluate and develop MS III small unit leaders and examine issues of force protection in FSO
- Prepare for the transition to a career as an Army Officer