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Army ROTC

Military Science and Leadership Minor

A Minor in Military Science and Leadership will enhance your individual leadership skills and prepare you for future leadership opportunities in the military or in your civilian career. Courses center around leadership, professional competence, adaptability, teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving, and U.S. Army History.

Get the NSU edge, with a Minor in Military Science and Leadership, and make the world a safer place.

Basic Training for Full-Time Students and ROTC Cadets

As a full-time student in any program of study, you may take Military Science and Leadership courses as electives. As an ROTC cadet, you will take these courses during your freshman and sophomore years. There is no military obligation associated with these courses or first two years of study in the ROTC program. The courses will teach you how to communicate, set goals, and make decisions.For those who do not desire to serve in the military, the components of adaptability, teamwork, comprehensive fitness, leadership, and critical thinking are versatile and beneficial to any career path you choose.

Advanced Training Leading to Military Service

As an ROTC cadet, during your junior and senior years of study, you will have an opportunity to complete advanced coursework and a Minor in Military Science and Leadership.

Advanced coursework, requiring approval from the Department Chair, provides intense training in simulated leadership positions. You will be taught the fundamentals of serving as an Army Officer and will have numerous opportunities to lead small teams in a variety of challenging leadership situations. As a senior, you will manage the ROTC Corps of Cadets, mentor junior cadets, plan and conduct training, management, and fundraising activities.

The Minor in Military Science and Leadership requires you to sign an ROTC contract leading to military service upon college graduation. Once you complete all ROTC requirements, you may be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and serve in the Active Duty Army, Army Reserves, or the Army National Guard.

Delivery Options

Coursework in Military Science and Leadership consists of outdoor/indoor instruction and practical hands-on training on campus and at various South Florida military training sites.

Curriculum

Enrollment is open to all full-time students. Any Student may enroll in MSL 1000 and 2000 level courses in a participation status. Any student enrolling in the MSL 3201/2 and MSL 4301/2 must have the approval of the Department Chairperson.

MSLR 3201 - Leadership and Problem Solving (3 credits)

Examines skills that underlie effective problem solving, analyze military missions and plan military operations, execute squad battle drills. Leadership laboratory is mandatory for ROTC Cadets and complements this course with hands-on experiences.

MSLR 3202 - Leadership and Ethics (3 credits)

Probes leader responsibilities that foster an ethical command climate, develop Cadet leadership competencies, apply principles and techniques of effective written and oral communication. Leadership laboratory is mandatory for ROTC Cadets and complements this course with hands-on experiences.

MSLR 4301 - Leadership and Management (3 credits)

Discuss staff organization, functions, and processes, analyze counseling responsibilities and methods, and apply leadership and problem-solving principles to a complex case study/simulation. Leadership laboratory is mandatory for ROTC Cadets and complements this course with hands-on experiences.

MSLR 4302 - Officership and Leadership (3 credits)

Capstone course to explore topics relevant to Second Lieutenants entering the Army, describe legal aspects of decision making and leadership, analyze Army organization from tactical to strategic level. Leadership laboratory is mandatory for ROTC Cadets and complements this course with hands-on experiences.

MSLR 4400 - United States Military History (3 credits)

Examines the Military Heritage of the United States from colonial wars to the present; focuses on the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of warfare.

MSLR 1001 - Foundations of Officership and Leadership (2 credits)

Examines the unique duties and responsibilities of officers, organization and role of the Army, review skills pertaining to fitness and communication, analyze Army values and expected ethical behavior. Leadership laboratory is mandatory for ROTC Cadets and complements this course with hands-on experiences.

MSLR 1002 - Basic Leadership (2 credits)

Presents fundamental leadership concepts and doctrine, practice basic skills that underlie effective problem solving, examine the Officer experience. Leadership laboratory is mandatory for ROTC Cadets and complements this course with hands-on experiences.

MSLR 2101 - Individual Leadership Studies (2 credits)

Develops knowledge of self, self-confidence, and individual leadership skills, develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills, apply communication, feedback, and conflict resolution skills. Leadership laboratory is mandatory for ROTC Cadets and complements this course with hands-on experiences.

MSLR 2102 - Leadership and Teamwork (2 credits)

Focuses on self-development guided by knowledge of self and group processes, challenges current beliefs, knowledge, and skills as a small group leader. Leadership laboratory is mandatory for ROTC Cadets and complements this course with hands-on experiences.

MSLR 4900 - Supervised and/or Independent Study (2 credits)

Supervised reading and independent study in United States Military History, writing requirements. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair is required.

Army ROTC offers a number of scholarships that will pay either full tuition and fees or room and board (up to $10,000 per Academic Year), along with a $600 Book allowance per semester and a monthly stipend of $400.

Ranger Challenge Team - A voluntary organization that is a physically demanding leader development program designed to prepare cadets for state and regional competition against other ROTC units. Cadets train weekly to perfect skills in weapons handling and assembly, marksmanship, orienteering, hand grenade throwing, physical fitness, combat patrolling and combat load road marching.

Pershing Rifles - An elite organization of Cadets skilled in drill and ceremony. Members post the colors at university basketball games, baseball games, football games, civic/veteran events and campus functions.

Association of the U.S. Army - A fraternal organization chartered by the national association to perpetuate the ideals of the U.S. Army.

Students who are unable to participate in ROTC during their freshman and sophomore years may qualify for admission to advanced ROTC (junior and senior years) by attending a four-week course at Ft. Knox, KY. Attendees receive pay, travel costs, lodging and food. Students with prior military service must have a valid DD 214 and honorable discharge to qualify for the advanced course program.

Students who want to pursue an advanced degree in certain fields after receiving a baccalaureate may qualify for delayed entry on active duty.

Students interested in pursuing civilian careers after graduation may apply for duty with the Army National Guard or Army Reserve.

Students may enter the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve while in college. This allows students to earn valuable experience by serving in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves while enrolled in ROTC. Students continue their regular school curriculum and receive additional financial support from the Army National Guard or Army Reserve as an incentive to serve as officers upon graduation and commissioning.

Outstanding Cadets may qualify to attend special Army schools such as Mountain Warfare Training, Northern Warfare School, Air Assault School or Airborne School. Selection is on a competitive basis.

Outstanding Cadets are honored during regular award ceremonies. Scholarship Cadets can fly space-available aboard military aircraft. Once commissioned, Second Lieutenant’s earn a starting salary over $34,000 plus additional housing allowances and special pays that can total more than $58,000 annually*. Free medical and dental care, 30 days paid annual vacation and educational benefits are also part of the compensation package.  2LTs earn about $3,500 per year in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve in a part-time status.

*Based on 2013 Pay Chart and Miami FL Housing Allowance for an O-1*

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