The instructional program of the Department of Army Military Science is designed to attract, motivate, and prepare selected students to serve in a leadership role as commissioned officers in the U. S. Army, either on active duty or on reserve duty in the National Guard or Army Reserve. The curriculum is structured to provide an appreciation and understanding of the importance land power has played and will play in the defense of the United States. In addition it will develop the dynamic leadership required in the 21st century. It is also designed to complement the cadet’s goal of acquiring a baccalaureate degree in the course of study of his or her own choosing.
The Department’s Leadership Laboratory is a weekly two-hour period of practical instruction that is an integral part of the Military Science curriculum. It is conducted one afternoon a week throughout each semester. Its objective is to provide practical application of classroom instruction to enhance leadership, physical fitness, and military skills training. The Mountain and Cold Weather Company and the Rescue Team offer additional training in military mountaineering, search and rescue, cold weather survival, and small unit light infantry tactics. The Ranger Challenge Team provides the opportunity for cadets to further develop their military and leadership skills by providing hands-on training in small unit patrolling. In the fall of each year, Ranger Challenge cadets compete against other New England schools.
To qualify for enrollment in the Army ROTC Advanced Course, MS-III and MS-IV, cadets must have a minimum academic cumulative average of 2.0, must meet established physical requirements, must attain a 2.0 or higher grade point average in the Army ROTC Basic Course (MS-I and MS-II), must demonstrate leadership potential, and must be accepted by the Professor of Military Science. The Advanced Course requires cadets to attend and successfully complete a thirty-five day Advanced Camp in the summer normally following the MS-III (junior) year.
In addition to the Military Science courses listed below, each cadet is required to complete the following courses: written communication, human behavior, computer literacy, and mathematical literacy. It is also recommended that each cadet complete the following courses: management and national security. For specific details on these courses see your assistant professor of military science.