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Classes & Training

Cadets working with maps
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 at least ten times per semester and focus on building fundamental characteristics of leadership using a military model: hands-on leadership training in a small group setting. 

The labs cover challenging outdoor activities such as small unit tactics, 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 while under the guidance and supervision of the cadre. 

Freshman Year (Military Science Level 1)
Fall: MS 101 (1 credit)
Spring: MS 102 (1 credit)

Overviews basic leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem-solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills. Cadets explore dimensions of leadership attributes and core leader competencies in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises. Labs include orienteering, a teambuilding exercise, first aid, cultural protection, and ethics problem solving. One lecture hour and one leadership lab hour; lab is optional – but highly encouraged – for non-contracted cadets.
Participation in this course entails no military obligation. 

Sophomore Year (Military Science Level 2)
Fall: MS 201 (2 credits)
Spring: MS 202 (2 credits)

Examines the challenges of leading teams in the complex operational environment. The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. Further study of the theoretical basis of the Army Leadership Requirements Model explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. Prepares Cadets for third year MS classes. Cadets develop greater self awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team building skills. Case studies give insight into the importance and practice of teamwork and tactics in real-world scenarios. Labs deepen understanding of orienteering, teambuilding exercise, first aid, cultural protection, and ethics problem solving. Two lecture hours and one leadership lab hour; lab is optional – but highly encouraged – for non-contracted cadets. 
Participation in this course entails no military obligation. 

Junior Year (Military Science Level 3)
Fall: MS 301 (3 credits)
Spring: MS 302 (3 credits)

Uses increasingly intense situations applying team leadership challenges to build Cadet awareness and skills in leadership tactical operations at the small unit level. Cadets review aspects of full spectrum operations. They also conduct military briefings and develop proficiency in the operation orders process. The focus is on exploring, evaluating and developing skills in decision-making, persuading, and motivating team members in the contemporary operating environment. Cadets help lead joint labs with the first two MS levels. Three lecture hours and one leadership lab hour.  Prepares Cadets for the four-week Cadet Leadership Course at Fort Knox.

Senior Year (Military Science Level 4)
Fall: MS 401(3 credits)
Spring: MS 402 (3 credits)

Explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations. Cadets will examine differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. Cadets also explore aspects of interacting with non-government organizations, civilians on the battlefield, the decision making processes and host nation support. The course places significant emphasis on preparing Cadets for BOLC B and their first unit of assignment. It uses mission command case studies and scenarios to prepare you to face the complex ethical demands of serving as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. Three lecture hours and one leadership lab hour.

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875 Perimeter Drive MS 2424 
Moscow, ID 83844-2424 

Phone: 208-885-6528

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