Courses

The mission of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (AROTC) is to commission future leaders of the United States Army.

Since ROTC produces over 65 percent of the Army's Officer Corps, our task is one of the most important undertakings in the Army and our country today. We seek top quality college students. We train these potential leaders, assess their abilities, and challenge them with the highest standards of professionalism. Those who successfully complete the program, receive a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Students may request to serve as an officer in either the active Army or part time in the Army Reserve or National Guard

The College of Liberal Arts and Science offers a minor in Military Studies. Requirements for the minor include taking a minimum of 18 credit hours of ROTC instruction, which may be taken from one or a number of the ROTC programs.

Financial assistance is available on a competitive basis.

Basic Program

These courses are primarily for freshmen and sophomore students and, except for persons with prior military service and basic training graduates, are required for entry into the advanced program. No more than 10 credits in and entry level courses may be applied toward graduation. No military obligation is required to participate in these classes.

MILS 011: INTRODUCTION TO MILITARY SCIENCE, 1 credit hr.
Organization and mission of the Department of Defense and ROTC, with emphasis on Army, both nationally and at Drake. Activities available in Army ROTC. Designed to give students sufficient information to make an informed decision about continuing in Army ROTC. Lab not required. No prerequisites.

MILS 015: ARMY PHYSICAL READINESS, 1 credit hr.
The course will enhance the students' ability to grasp the unique requirements of military fitness training and allow students to apply leadership skills necessary for conducting proper fitness training. This course will also enable students to understand the demanding physical requirements for sustained military operations. Additionally, this course will enhance the students' ability to successfully compete in a physically demanding ROTC program.

MILS 021: LEADERSHIP TECHNIQUE, 2 credit hrs.
Introduction to professional military ethics and military leadership techniques. Small-group leadership situations and military management procedures are presented. Military communication formats and techniques also are examined. There is strong emphasis on counseling.

MILS 022: LAND NAVIGATION/MILITARY SURVIVAL SKILLS, 2 credit hrs.
Application of methods of conducting navigation on land by use of topographical maps, compasses and aerial photographs. Application of military skills to include rifle marksmanship, first aid, survival, escape and evasion. Lab is inclusive. No prerequisites.

 

Advanced Program

These courses are for students who have completed the basic program (or received equivalent credit) and are mandatory to contract into ROTC. These courses are primarily taught to academic juniors and seniors. In addition to the advanced program of study, a student (cadet) will be expected to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test each semester and continually maintain military appearance standards in both personal grooming and uniform.

MILS 101: MILITARY SKILLS ORIENTATION I, 3 credit hrs.
Organization, composition and missions of operational elements. Principles of offensive and defensive combat operations with emphasis on the attack, withdrawal, retrograde, delay, patrolling, combat intelligence, tactical communications and the troop-leading procedure. Lab is inclusive. Prereq.: Basic course credit.

MILS 102: MILITARY SKILLS ORIENTATION II, 3 credit hrs.
Development of effective military writing techniques, basic educational psychology, oral presentation techniques, use of training aids, and lesson planning. Students prepare presentations incorporating all phases of effective instruction on fundamental individual combat survival, navigational and conditioning skills to prepare them for Advanced Camp and duties as junior officers. Lab is inclusive. Prereq.: MILS 101.

MILS 111: THE MILITARY TEAM, 3 credit hrs.
Organization and concepts of military law, how it functions and the officer's role in the system. A detailed study of the uniform code of military justice and the court martial system. Lab is inclusive. Prereq.: MILS 103.

MILS 112: PROFESSIONAL OFFICER, 3 credit hrs.
The study of the military profession, ethics and morality in our military organization; leadership principles, traits and application. Lab is inclusive. Prereq.: MILS 106.

MILS 199: INDEPENDENT STUDY, 3 credit hrs.

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