The Basic Course Instruction

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The Four Year Program begins with Basic Course Instruction. This part of the program offers students an overview of the role and organization of the Army.

As part of the Basic Course Program Cadets have the option to participate in the Leadership Laboratory. Collective, practical application of activities in the Leadership Laboratory include : Physical Training and Conditioning, Rappelling, Rope Bridges, Field Training, Land Navigation, First Aid, Basic Rifle Marksmanship.

Freshman Military Science I

  • Army Leadership
  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Physical Fitness
  • Land Navigation
  • Tactics
  • First Aid

Sophomore Military Science II

  • Army Leadership
  • Physical Fitness
  • Land Navigation
  • Tactics
  • First Aid
  • Communications
  • Additional Selected Military Operations and Technical Tasks
  • Principles of War

Junior Military Science III

  • Command and Staff Functions
  • Army Leadership Framework
  • Cadet Evaluation Systems
  • Customs and Courtesies
  • Land Navigation
  • Troop Leading Procedures
  • Military Orders
  • Military Briefing Techniques
  • Operational Terms and Graphics
  • Small Unit Navigation
  • Patrolling and Battle Drills
  • Marksmanship and Weapons Training
  • Accessions Process
  • Branches of the Army

Senior Military Science IV

  • Law of War
  • Solving Ethical Dilemmas
  • Morals of War
  • History of Military Justice
  • Battle Analysis
  • Army Training, Logistics, and Personnel Management
  • Cadet to Lieutenant Transition into a component of the Army

Qualified freshmen and sophomores may enroll in Basic Course Instruction without incurring any military service related commitment.
*** Students who missed MS I and MS II may attend the Leadership Training Course in order to continue in the Advanced Course.


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