Department of Military Science

The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) was established at the University of Texas in September, 1947. As a senior division unit, it is designed to provide a course of military instruction that will permit qualified students to prepare themselves for commissions as second lieutenants while they pursue other academic courses leading to baccalaureate or advanced degrees from the University.

Upon being commissioned a second lieutenant, each student has the opportunity to serve in the active Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard.

The Army ROTC program, in addition to providing a basic foundation in military subjects, is designed to develop the highest qualities of leadership, character, and citizenship through the wide variety of extracurricular activities it sponsors. Such activities include parades, ceremonies, social events, a Ranger detachment, and intramural athletic teams.

The Army ROTC program is normally a four-year program divided into a basic course and an advanced course. The basic course is conducted during the first two years and the advanced course during the last two years. Certain students may qualify for advanced placement in the program based on previous military training in Junior ROTC, a service academy, active duty in a military service, credit for other college courses, or completion of a special four-week summer camp, normally between the sophomore and junior year.

The Department of the Army has determined that a need exists for all Army ROTC cadets to have a demonstrated proficiency in selected disciplines. These courses are called Professional Military Education (PME) and must be completed prior to graduation. A list of courses that fulfill PME requirements is available from the chair of the Department of Military Science.

Two-, three-, and four-year scholarship programs are offered to selected cadets. The four-year scholarship program is administered by the Department of the Army, but selection is based on the Professor of Military Science Order of Merit List (OML). Applicants must apply while in high school. The remaining programs are administered directly through the Department of Military Science.

Scholarship students receive $300 to $500 a month for up to ten months for each year of their scholarship. The scholarship pays for required tuition and mandatory fees, laboratory expenses, and books. Nonscholarship students receive $450 to $500 a month during the advanced course. For additional information, contact the scholarship and enrollment officer at arotc@uts.cc.utexas.edu or http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/arotc.

Military Science: M S

Lower-Division Courses

M S 000. Leadership Laboratory.

Open only to students in associated military science courses. Leadership responsibilities for planning, coordination, execution, and evaluation of training and other activities. Self-confidence and team-building leadership skills that can be applied throughout life. One and one-half laboratory hours a week for one semester. Required of all military science students. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in another military science course.

M S 101, 201. Introduction to the Army and Critical Thinking.

Introduction to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership and communication, with an emphasis on the personal development of life skills such as cultural understanding, goal setting, time management, stress management, and comprehensive fitness related to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. Through leadership labs and classroom instruction, examines basic land navigation, troop-leading, and squad and platoon tactical operations. One two-hour lecture/practice session a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Military Science 000.

M S 103, 203. Introduction to the Profession of Arms.

Introduction to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership and communication, with an emphasis on the personal development of life skills such as cultural understanding, goal setting, time management, stress management, and comprehensive fitness related to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. Through leadership labs and classroom instruction, examines basic land navigation, troop-leading, and squad and platoon tactical operations. One two-hour lecture/practice session a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Military Science 000.

M S 304. American Military History: 1775 to Present.

Covers development of American Profession of Arms from a "dual military tradition" evaluating military leadership at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of war. Explores ways in which Industrial Revolution transformed the United States and other societies organized armed violence. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.

M S 210. Leadership and Decision Making.

Explores the theory and practice of basic soldier skills and practices. Continues the development of cadets as they explore the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles to build a strong foundational understanding of the Army Leadership Requirements Model (ALRM). Two lecture hours a week for one semester, and a weekend field training exercise. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Military Science 000.

M S 212. Army Doctrine and Team Development.

Explores the theory and practice of basic soldier skills and practices. Continues the development of cadets as they explore the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles to build a strong foundational understanding of the Army Leadership Requirements Model (ALRM). Two lecture/practice hours a week for one semester, and a weekend field training exercise. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Military Science 000.

Upper-Division Courses

M S 320. Adaptive Team Leadership.

Fundamentals of Army values, ethics, and leadership, as well as Officership, personal development, and small unit tactics at the team, squad, and platoon levels. Exercises include planning, coordinating, navigating, motivating, and leading a unit in the execution of a tactical mission during a classroom practical exercise, leadership lab, or a situational training exercise (STX) in a field environment. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Military Science 000 and approval of departmental representative.

M S 320K. Applied Team Leadership.

Continued study of methods covered in Military Science 320. Students analyze tasks; prepare written or oral guidance for team members to accomplish tasks; delegate tasks and supervise; plan for and adapt to the unexpected in organizations under stress; examine and apply lessons from leadership case studies; examine the importance of ethical decision making in enhancing team performance. Three lecture/practice hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Military Science 000 and approval of departmental representative.

M S 375. Mission Command and the Army Profession.

Explores how to train, mentor, and evaluate underclass cadets. Emphasis on the duties and responsibilities of an Army staff officer, the Eight Step Training Process, the Army Writing Style, the Army's Training Management Development processes, and employing the Composite Risk Management Process. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Military Science 000 and approval of departmental representative.

M S 375K. Mission Command and the Company Grade Officer.

Explores how to train, mentor, and evaluate underclass cadets. Emphasis on the duties and responsibilities of an Army staff officer, the Eight Step Training Process, the Army Writing Style, the Army's Training Management Development processes, and employing the Composite Risk Management Process. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Military Science 000 and approval of departmental representative.

M S 379. Advanced Military Science V-A.

Advanced study of planning, executing, and assessing complex operations. Composed primarily of independent study, cadets are given opportunities to plan and execute events, assess risk, make ethical decisions, and lead fellow ROTC cadets. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Military Science 000.

M S 379K. Advanced Military Science V-B.

Advanced study of planning, executing, and assessing complex operations. Composed primarily of independent study, cadets are given opportunities to plan and execute events, assess risk, make ethical decisions, and lead fellow ROTC cadets. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Military Science 000.