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Military Science Classes and Training Courses

  • All Military Science courses are worth 3 credits each.
  • All contracted cadets are also required to take the corresponding lab portion.
  • Course are taught by United States Army senior leaders who have extensive and diverse military experience. 

MSI Class (MIL1010/1011) (MIL1020/1022)-Leadership and Personal Development

Introduction 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, stress management, and comprehensive fitness relate to leadership, Officership, and the Army profession.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Army Leadership
  • Army Customs and Traditions
  • Military Operations and Tactics
  • Goal Setting and Accomplishment
  • Health and Physical Fitness

MSII Class (MIL 2010/2011) (MIL 2020/2022)-Foundations of Leadership

Explores the dimension 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.

Topics covered include:

  • Applied Leadership Theory
  • Communications
  • Principles of War
  • Military Operations and Tactics

All students eligible to take courses at Wright State University can take the MS1 and MS2 class with no obligation.

MSIII (MIL 3010/3011) (MIL 3020/3022)-Adaptive Team Leadership

Study, practice and apply the fundamentals of Army leadership, Officership, Army Values and ethics, personal development, and small unit tactics at the team and squad level. 

Topics covered include:

  • Command and Staff Functions
  • Law of War
  • Weapons
  • Team Dynamics and Peer Leadership
  • Military Operations and Tactics

MSIV Class (MIL 4010/4011) (MIL 4020/4022)-Adaptive Leadership

This course transitions the focus of student learning from being trained, mentored and evaluated as an MSIII Cadet to learning how to train, mentor and evaluate underclass Cadets. 

Topics covered include:

  • Training the Force
  • Military Justice
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Personnel Management
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Post and Installation Support
  • Military Operations and Tactics

KNH 1040 and KNH 1050-Army Physical Training

Physical Training is conducted weekly on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 0630-0730.  This physical fitness class is focused on strength and endurance. The Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) is administered at a minimum of two times per term. The APFT consists of 2 minutes of pushups, 2 minutes of sit-ups, and a 2 mile run. Students looking to join ROTC should begin some type of physical fitness regiment prior to joining ROTC to allow for a smooth transition to Army Physical Fitness standards. Any student eligible to take classes at WSU can enroll in KNH 1040 Army Fitness Training or KNH1050 Army Fitness Training II.

Leadership Labs

Leadership Labs are conducted weekly on Wednesday from 1430-1630 (2:30-4:30 PM) on the Wright State University campus. During Leadership Lab Cadets receive hands on training and apply what they have been taught in their ROTC classes. Training during Lab include Squad Tactical Exercises (STX), First Aid, Land Navigation, Drill and Ceremony and Individual Movement Techniques. Contracted Cadets wear their uniform during Leadership Labs. 

Field Training Exercises

WSU Army ROTC currently conducts one Field Training Exercise per semester and is typically conducted at locations within Ohio or the surrounding states. Field Training Exercises are conducted over a weekend and allow cadets to put all of their training for the semester to practical use. MSIII Cadets are evaluated on the leadership skill while leading their assigned squad through a variety of training. During Field Training Exercises Cadets conduct task training, Squad Tactical Exercises, patrolling, patrol bases, basic rifle marksmanship and land navigation.

Cadet Practical Field Training (CPFT)

As a Cadet in Army ROTC there are various training opportunities available to you during the summer through the Cadet Practical Field Training (CPFT) program. CPFT affords highly qualified and motivated Cadets to attend some of the Army’s specialty schools. Type and number of courses may vary yearly:

Airborne School
There is nothing like leaping from an aircraft in flight with 600 of your closest buddies. Airborne School is a three-week course held at Fort Benning, Georgia. You will learn how to successfully parachute from various Army and Air Force aircraft. At the end of the course, you make five static-line jumps onto Fryar Drop Zone and earn the coveted parachutist badge. Airborne!

Air Assault School
“Stand up, hook up, slide down the rope!” This school combines the utility of rappelling with the excitement of riding in helicopters. Also, students learn how to hook objects like howitzers and Humvee (HMMWV-High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) underneath hovering helicopters. Air Assault is as mentally challenging as it is physically demanding. It requires the student to be strong in both mind and body before attending. The reward for 10 days of hard work is the coveted air assault badge.

Sapper Leader Course
Like to blow stuff up? This course trains select individuals in leadership skills, combat engineer and infantry battle drills, and specialized engineer and infantry techniques required to perform as a member of a Sapper Battalion. The course is also designed to build unit cohesion and Esprit de corps by training soldiers in troop leading procedures, demolitions (conventional and expedient), mountaineering operations, aerial operations, foreign weapons, land navigation, waterborne operations and contingency threats. The course culminates in an intense field training exercise that reinforces the use of battle drills and specialized engineer techniques learned throughout the course.

Mountain Warfare Training
This school is not for the faint of heart. Mountain Warfare is a two-week school taught at Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vermont. The course covers rappelling, rock climbing, mountain survival, land navigation, first aid and knots. The course is physically and mentally demanding, and you should definitely train up for it.

Northern Warfare Course
Spend part of your summer climbing mountains and glaciers. This three-week course is held at Fort Greeley, Alaska, and is designed to teach you mountaineering, rock and glacier climbing, knots and cold-weather survival. The Northern Mountain Warfare Course is officially titled the Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) on the School Home Page.

Combat Diver Qualification Course (CDQC)
The CDQC is a 6 week course conducted in Key West, Florida. Prior to being eligible for CDQC, Cadets are required to pass a pre-CDQC course.  Pre-CDQC consists of physical training, pool sessions and long distance surface swims.

Cadet Leadership Development Course
The Cadet Leadership Development Course is located at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). Cadets receive instruction in leadership skills through the implementation of basic light-infantry tactics, techniques, and skills. The training primarily focuses on physical conditioning, risk assessment, land navigation, weapons (rifle), small-unit operations and principles, and air-assault-operations planning.  Intense focus is given to performance in leadership positions and situational and field-training exercises. Only contracted Cadets are authorized to attend WHINSEC. Cadets do not receive pay and allowances for this course. This is a four week course taught by the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) at Fort Benning, GA.

Cadet Field Training (CFT)
CFT is a two week course which introduces Cadets to squad and platoon level tactics and the many associated challenges of leading soldiers in a tactical environment. This course is conducted at the Unites States Military Academy (USMA).

Cadet Professional Development Training

Cadet Leader Training (CLT)
CLT is a two track program consisting of the Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) and the Drill Cadet Leader Training (DCLT). CTLT is a two track program in which Cadets can participate after their MSIII year. Most positions are linked to a specific regiment of the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) traditionally completed after your junior college year.  As a result, attendance to a specific regiment is mandatory.

Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT)
The CTLT Platoon Leader track provides Cadets the opportunity to experience leadership in an Army unit. The Cadets are assigned a mentor and serve in a Lieutenant level leadership position for over a three to four week period gaining valuable Army and leadership experience. 

Drill Cadet Leadership Training (DCLT)
DCLT is a 4 week program which provides Cadets the opportunity to serve as a platoon leader or executive officer in an initial military training company (IMT).  The Cadets work closely with drill sergeants and other cadre members. The position length varies in duration depending on the unit and location.

Cadet Leader Training-Internships

The internship track offers a myriad of opportunities for Cadets who seek additional training in specialized areas such as scientific application, engineering, nursing, medicine, intelligence, cultural awareness, and language proficiency. The internship types, locations, and allocations change significantly from year to year. These programs are meant primarily for Cadets who have completed their MSI and MSII years.

Engineering Internship (EIP)
This internship is sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Cadets will typically work in a USACE district on civil, mechanical, electrical, or environmental engineering projects.  Districts are located all across the US and overseas. Cadets may perform engineering functions such as design, project management, project engineer, construction representative (Quality Assurance), GIS, and more. Program focus is engineering majors.

Army Science Boars (ASB)
The Army Science Board is a Federal Advisory Committee organized under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The ASB advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of the Army, the Chief of Staff of the Army, the Assistant Secretary of the Army Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASAALT), the Army Staff, and major Army commanders on scientific and technological matters of concern to the Army. Cadets in this internship program perform research, practical experimental work and leadership experience.  Program focus is science majors.

Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Internship Program (AMEDDIP)
Cadets are assigned to the Medical Department Activities (MEDDAC) and Medical Centers (MEDCEN). The purpose if this internship is to offer a Cadet insight into the Army Medical Facilities and exposure to leadership in the medical arena. Cadets are assigned to a preceptor and work under their direct supervision and direction of an AMEDD officer. Program focus is majors in audiology, clinical lab, dietetics, environmental science, nutrition, occupational therapy, optometry, pathology, pharmacy, physical therapy, pre-dental, pre-optometry, preventive medicine, psychology, social work, toxicology, veterinary medicine. This internship opportunity excludes nursing majors.

Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP)
Cadets with an academic major of nursing are the only Cadets eligible to apply for this program.  Cadets are assigned to Army Medical Facilities both in the continental United States and outside the continental United States including Europe.  NSTP provides nursing Cadets with opportunities to develop and practice leadership in a clinical environment.  Cadets work side-by-side with an Army Nurse Corps Officer preceptor.

Chaplaincy Internship Program (CHIP)
The CHIP is for MSIIIs interested in pursuing an academic delay to become an Army Chaplain.

Research Internship Program (RIP)
This internship is not sponsored by a specific agency. Rather, this program places Cadets in internship with the Army’s research and development labs across the country. All MSIII Cadets in research or technical programs are encouraged to apply for an internship.

Public Affairs Officer Internship Program (PAOIP)
The PAOIP provides Cadets the opportunity to serve as an advanced trainee in public affairs receiving on-the-job training. Assignments are designed to provide experience and knowledge that will develop the incumbent for public affairs work at a higher level. Program focus is majors in public affairs, marketing or communication.

Forensic Internship Program (FIP)
The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) located in Largo, Florida, exposes Cadets to biometric and forensic capabilities. During a two week training period, Cadets would be exposed to and taught how to examine fingerprints, tire tracks, and footwear impressions, as well as explosives detection, chemical analysis, media exploitation, IED investigation, and deployable forensic laboratories and capabilities. Program focus is forensic science or criminology program majors planning on branching Military Police or Engineer.

Intelligence and Security Command Internship Program (INSCOMIP)
Cadets will work with Soldiers and civilians within INSCOM on intelligence products that inform DoD leadership on national security issues.

Joint Training Counter-IED Operations Integration Center Systems Integration Modeling and Simulation Internship Program (JTCOICSIMSIP)
This internship allows Cadets to work in the directorate that is responsible for 3d physical model development, virtual terrain development, game engine improvements, and battlefield event recreation scenarios. Cadets are placed in positions to help throughout the directorate based on their background. Program focus are computer science or engineering major or Cadets with computer programming experience.