(1/4 course, Unbilled)

MSC 402 explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in the contemporary operating environment (COE). Students will examine differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. Students also explore aspects of interacting with non-government organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support.

The course places significant emphasis on preparing students for BOLC II and III, and their first unit of assignment. It uses case studies, scenarios, and “What Now, Lieutenant?” exercises to prepare students to face the complex ethical and practical demands of leading as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. This semester, students will:

  • Explore Military Professional Ethics and ethical decision making facing an Officer
  • Gain practical experience in Cadet Battalion Leadership roles
  • Demonstrate personal skills in operations and communications
  • Evaluate and develop MSC III small unit leaders and examine issues of force protection in the COE
  • Prepare for the transition to a career as an Army Officer

This course requires physical training (PT) for one hour three days per week. The PT component is a combination of strength conditioning, running, and cardiovascular exercises, and requires a passing score on the Army Physical Fitness Test by the end of the semester.

Physical Activity and Wellness Education: Counts for 1/4 course (1 credit) of Physical Activity (PHA) for students who successfully complete the course.