Military ScienceLieutenant Colonel Arthur DeGroat, Head
Assistant Professors Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Johnson, Major (Ret.) Porter, and Major Graves; Instructors Master Sergeant Vazquez and Sergeant First Class Inman.
The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps is a nationally acclaimed leader-development program that educates and trains aspiring young professionals to attain critical organizational and interpersonal leadership skills, knowledge, and attributes necessary to lead in military and corporate settings. This program includes a progressive, structured curriculum that provides the theoretical and practical application of military leadership in and out of the classroom.
ROTC students can earn a federal commission as a United States Army officer and be placed in a professional occupational specialty area of their choosing upon graduation. Students can choose to serve full-time or part-time as U.S. Army officers and are fully qualified for continuing education benefits.
Due to the dual requirements of academic degree programs and the military science program, the Department of Military Science provides lucrative financial support to include full-tuition scholarships and monthly stipends to qualified students. Additionally, all students enrolled in this program are managed using a mentor system where a faculty leader takes personal interest and effort toward promoting the students' professional development.
The courses are open to all students. Students, both undergraduate and graduate, with two years remaining at K-State are eligible to pursue an officer commission through Army ROTC. Military science courses are credit-awarding courses and fulfill elective credit requirements in any degree program. Cadets may pursue any curriculum offered by the university.
The military science curriculum consists of the basic course, normally completed during the freshman and sophomore years, and the advanced course, oriented toward the junior and senior years.
Students accepted into the advanced course agree to complete the curriculum and to accept an Active Army, U.S. Army Reserve, or Kansas Army National Guard commission, if offered. Each advanced course cadet receives a $300- to $400-per-month allowance during the school year in return for this agreement. A five-week national advanced leadership camp, with pay, is an integral part of the advanced course and normally is completed between the junior and senior years. Airborne, Air Assault, and the Northern Warfare training courses are U.S. Army schools available to qualified volunteers in addition to other training opportunities. Additionally, two-week leadership internships are available with military units located worldwide.
Leadership training camp
Discharge of duty
MSCI 101. Introduction to Military Leadership. (V) II. Principles of effective leading. Communication skills to improve individual performance and group interaction. Relation of military organizational ethical values to the effectiveness of a leader. Two classroom hours, a required leadership lab, optional participation in a one hour session for physical fitness. Participation in a weekend exercise is optional, but highly encouraged.
MSCI 102. Basic Riflery. (1) I, II. Basic riflery and three-position match shooting. Includes brief introduction to U.S. Army ROTC program.
MSCI 107. Rappel Master Skills. (1) I, II. Students will be exposed to all the skills needed to conduct a rappelling session from a fixed facility. Skills to be taught will include: proper knots, anchoring techniques, rappel master duties and responsibilities, safety, equipment inspection, correct rappel procedures, and overall supervision of rappelling. Instructor permission required.
MSCI 201. Self/Team Development. (V) I. Ethics-based military leadership skills that develop individual abilities and contribute to building effective teams. Oral presentations, leadership, land navigation, and basic military tactics. Two classroom hours; a required leadership lab; participation in two one-hour physical fitness sessions. Participation in a weekend exercise.
MSCI 202. Individual/Team Military Tactics. (V) II. Introduction to individual and team aspects of military tactics in small unit operations. Safety assessments, movement techniques, military orders process, rifle marksmanship, rappelling. Two classroom hours; a required leadership lab; participation in two one-hour physical fitness sessions. Participation in a weekend exercise is optional, but highly encouraged.
MSCI 206. Leadership Training Camp. (0-4) S. A five-week summer camp conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The U.S. Army provides pay, travel, lodging and meal costs. No military obligation incurred. Open only to students who have not completed all four of MSCI 101, 102, 201, and 202, and who pass a physical examination (paid for by ROTC).
MSCI 301. Leading Small Military Organizations I. (V) I. Series of practical opportunities to lead small groups in situations of increasing complexity. Uses small unit defensive tactics and opportunities to plan and conduct training. Three classroom hours, a leadership lab, participation in three one-hour physical fitness sessions. Participation in one weekend exercise is required, and one or two additional weekend exercises are offered for optional participation. Prerequisite: Completion of the basic course. Instructor permission required for enrollment.
MSCI 302. Leading Small Military Organizations II. (0-4) II. Continues methodology of MSCI 301. Military missions and task analysis. Ethical decision making and lessons from leadership case studies. Three classroom hours, a leadership lab, participation in three one hour physical fitness sessions. Participation in one weekend exercise is required; two other weekend exercises optional. Pr.: Completion of MSCI 301 and instructor permission.
MSCI 306. ROTC National Advanced Leadership Camp. (V) S. A five-week camp conducted at Fort Lewis, Washington, by members of Kansas State University and other university Army ROTC faculty. The U.S. Army provides pay, travel, lodging and most meal costs. Highly structured and demanding, stressing leadership at small unit levels under varying, challenging conditions. Prerequisite: MSCI 301 and 302.
MSCI 351. Military Leadership Studies and Practical Applications. (V) I, II. Independent research, analysis and monthly discussion on related military topics. Small unit tactics and practical application of leadership skills and individual research projects. Three classroom hours per week, a leadership lab, participation in three one-hour physical fitness sessions. Participation in one weekend exercise is required; two other weekend exercises optional. Prerequisite: MSCI 301 or 302. Instructor permission.
MSCI 401. Leadership Challenges and Objective-Setting. (V) I. Plan, conduct, and evaluate activities of the ROTC cadet organization. Articulate goals, put plans into action to attain them. Assess organizational cohesion and develop strategies to improve it. Develop confidence in skills to lead people and manage resources. Learn and apply various Army policies and programs. Three classroom hours, a two-hour leadership laboratory, and weekly physical fitness activities. Cadets will also participate in a weekend field training exercise (FTX) and a dining-in. Prerequisite: MSCI 301 and 302 or department head permission.
MSCI 402. Transition to Lieutenant. (0-4) II. Continues the methodology from MSCI 401. Identify and resolve ethical dilemmas. Refine counseling and motivating techniques. Examine aspects of tradition and law as relate to leading as an officer in the U.S. Army. Prepare for a future as a successful U.S. Army lieutenant. Cadets will also participate in a weekend field training exercise (FTX) and a dining out or military ball .
MSCI 501. Advanced Transition to Lieutenant I. (V) I. Independent research, analysis and monthly discussion on related military topics. Personal, academic, and professional goals and objectives, development and maintenance of an officer evaluation report support form. Pr.: MSCI 401 and 402 or department head permission.
MSCI 502. Advanced Transition to Lieutenant II. (V) II. Independent research, analysis and monthly discussion on related military topics. Personal, academic, and professional goals and objectives, development, and maintenance of an officer evaluation report support form. Pr.: MSCI 501.