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Classes & Training

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Army ROTC Mapping

The Army ROTC curriculum at the University of Idaho is a General Military Science (GMS) curriculum. This means the curriculum is not branch-specific, but rather represents basic subjects common to all Army officers. 

The core ROTC curriculum consists of a lecture course, accompanying lab, and physical fitness class. The physical fitness class is required for contracted cadets. It is optional for others, but highly recommended for those considering a future as an Army officer. Labs meet ten times per semester, and focus on building fundamental characteristics of leadership using a military model; hands-on training in small group leadership. 

The labs cover challenging outdoor activities such as mountaineering, rifle marksmanship, and land navigation skills. As cadets progress through the program, they get ready to become U.S. Army Second Lieutenants by taking an increasingly hands on role in implementing and overseeing cadet training exercises, under the guidance and supervision of the cadre. 

Freshman Year
Fall: MS 101(lecture, 1 credit); MS 111 (lab, 1 credit), MS 151 (PT, 1 credit) 
Spring: MS 102(lecture, 1 credit); MS 112 (lab, 1 credit), MS 152 (PT, 1 credit) 

Lecture: Introduction to mission and organization of the U.S. Army; provides background in role of an Army officer as a career choice in either the Active Army or the National Guard/Reserves; lecture, conference, and activities dealing with military subjects; texts provided by dept; no mandatory uniform wear; students also learn about available two- and three-year scholarships and other financial programs for which they may be eligible. 
Participation entails no military obligation. 

Sophomore Year 
Fall: MS 201(lecture, 2 credits); MS 211 (lab, 1 credit), MS 251 (PT, 1 credit) 
Spring: MS 202(lecture, 2 credits); MS 212 (lab, 1 credit), MS 252 (PT, 1 credit) 

Lecture: Application of leadership and management skills to various case studies; organization and structure of Army units; basic first aid; texts provided by department. 
Participation entails no military obligation. 

Junior Year
Fall: MS 301(lecture, 3 credits); MS 311 (lab, 1 credit), MS 351 (PT, 1 credit) 
Spring: MS 302(lecture, 3 credits); MS 312 (lab, 1 credit), MS 352 (PT, 1 credit) 

Lecture: Practical leadership skills in a light infantry environment; leadership techniques practiced while learning patrolling and offensive and defensive tactics at squad and platoon level; prepares cadets for four-week Leadership Training and Assessment course at Fort Lewis. Three hours of lecture per week. 

Senior Year
Fall: MS 401(lecture, 3 credits); MS 411 (lab, 1 credit), MS 451 (PT, 1 credit) 
Spring: MS 402(lecture, 3 credits); MS 412 (lab, 1 credit), MS 452 (PT, 1 credit) 

Lecture: Practical application of leadership and management skills, military justice system, administrative and logistical procedures; preparation for service as an Army lieutenant. 

Optional Military Science classes include: 

MS 280 Ranger Challenge (1 cr) This course prepares teams to compete in the two-day Ranger Challenge against Army ROTC programs from other universities. Skills focused on include weapons knowledge, physical fitness, land navigation, first aid, rope bridge construction, and small unit 
maneuvering. (Fall only) 

MS 281 Military Proficiency Challenge (1 cr) This course prepares cadets to take the two-day German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge test, which consists of track and field events, marksmanship, road march, swim test, and first aid course. Department permission required. (Spring only) 

MS 290 Color Guard/Drill (1 cr)

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Moscow, ID 83844-2424 

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