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Why should I major in military science and leadership?

The University of Pikeville military science and leadership program can help you be successful during college and after graduation. You will quickly gain confidence and self-discipline necessary to progress in your studies at the University of Pikeville, while acquiring leadership skills and credentials that will impress employers when you graduate. 

What can I do with a military science and leadership degree from the University of Pikeville?
The military science and leadership program prepares students for officer responsibilities in the Army National Guard, Reserve and Active Army following graduation. It prepares you with the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment.

Military Science and Leadership at the University of Pikeville
The military science and leadership program is a part of the Division of Social Sciences. The program offers University of Pikeville students the opportunity to participate in the Reserve Officers Training Programs (ROTC) of the U.S. Army. Army ROTC is a program that provides college-trained officers for the U.S. Army, the Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army Reserves. Traditionally, Army ROTC is a four-year program consisting of basic and advanced courses. However, there is an option for transfer students and students who missed ROTC during their first two years at University of Pikeville that allows students to qualify for the advanced course program and to earn a commission as well as a minor in military science and leadership. Students completing the entire four-year program can earn a minor in military science and leadership. Most of the courses and related activities are offered on the University of Pikeville campus. For off-campus activities and courses, students are responsible for their own transportation.

Military Science and Leadership Degree Options
Associate of Science (A.S.)
Courses

MSL 101 Introduction to Military Science
Learn fundamental concepts of leadership in both the classroom and outdoor laboratory environments with activities in basic drill, physical fitness, rappelling, first aid, basic marksmanship, etc. Course includes an optional (required for contract cadets) Leadership Laboratory where students learn and practice skills and gain insight into military service and optional participation in three one-hour physical fitness sessions each week (required for contract cadets). Participation in a weekend training exercise is available. Participation in MSL 101 is open to all University of Pikeville students and does not incur a military science obligation.

MSL 102 Introduction to Leadership
Students learn and apply the principles of effective leadership, reinforce self-confidence through participation in physically and mentally challenging exercises with upper division ROTC students, develop communication skills to improve individual performance and group interaction, and relate organizational ethical value to the effectiveness of a leader. Course includes an optional (required for contract cadets) Leadership Laboratory where students learn and practice basic skills and gain insight into military service and optional participation in three one-hour physical fitness sessions each week (required for contract cadets). Participation in a weekend training exercise is available. Participation in MSL 102 is open to all University of Pikeville students and does not incur a military service obligation.

MSL 110 Basic Military Science Leadership Lab
Only open to students enrolled in MSL 101. Series with different roles for students at different levels in the program. Learn and practice basic skills, gain insight into advanced course in order to make an informed decision whether to apply for it. Build self confidence and team building leadership skills that can be applied throughout life. Laboratory meets two hours per week and two weekend exercises.

MSL 120 Basic Military Science Leadership Lab
Only open to students enrolled in MSL 102. Series with different roles for students at different levels in the program. Learn and practice basic skills, gain insight into advanced course in order to make an informed decision whether to apply for it. Build self confidence and team building leadership skills that can be applied throughout life. Laboratory meets two hours per week and two weekend exercises.

MSL 201 Staff/Team Development
Learn and apply ethics-based leadership skills that develop individual abilities and contribute to the building of effective teams of people. Develop skills in oral presentations, writing concisely, planning of events, coordination of group efforts advanced first aid, land navigation, and basic military tactics. Learn fundamental of ROTC’s Leadership Assessment Program. Course includes an optional (required for contract cadets) Leadership Laboratory where students learn and practice basic skills and gain insight into military service and optional participation in three one-hour physical fitness sessions each week (required for contract cadets). Participation in a weekend training exercise is available. Participation in MSL 201 is open to all University of Pikeville students and does not incur a military service obligation.

MSL 202 Individual/Team Military Tactics
The course is an introduction to individual and team aspects of military tactics in small unit operations. The course includes use of radio communications, making safety assessments, movement techniques, planning for team safety/security, and methods of pre-execution checks as well as practical exercise with upper division ROTC students. Learn techniques for training others as an aspect of continued leadership development. Course includes an optional (required for contract cadets) Leadership Laboratory where students learn and practice basic skills and gain insight into military service and optional participation in three one-hour physical fitness sessions each week (required for contract cadets). Participation in a weekend training exercise is available. Participation in MSL 202 is open to all University of Pikeville students and does not incur a military service obligation.

MSL 210 Basic Military Science Leadership Lab
Only open to students enrolled in MSL 201. Series with different roles for students at different levels in the program. Learn and practice basic skills. Gain insight into advanced course in order to make an informed decision whether to apply for it. Build self-confidence and team building leadership skills that can be applied throughout life. Laboratory meets two hours per week and two weekend exercises.

MSL 220 Basic Military Science Leadership Lab
Only open to students enrolled in MSL 202. Series with different roles for students at different levels in the program. Learn and practice basic skills. Gain insight into advanced course in order to make an informed decision whether to apply for it. Build self-confidence and team building leadership skills that can be applied throughout life. Laboratory meets two hours per week and two weekend exercises.

MSL 230 Military Leader’s Training Course
The Army ROTC Leader’s Training Course (LTC) is a four-week training event conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky. At the LTC, students receive instruction in those subjects taught during the Basic Course Program. The course provides students a way to successfully complete the Basic Course Program and to qualify for the Advanced Course Program without having taken the normal Basic Course Program sequence. Graded on a pass/fail basis, credit is only awarded in lieu of credit for MSL 101, 102, 201 and 202. Prerequisites: Permission of the Military Science and Leadership Program Coordinator.

MSL 301 Leading Small Organizations I
A series of practical opportunities to lead small groups, receive personal assessment and encouragement, and lead again in situations of increasing complexity. Students use small unit tactics and opportunities to plan and conduct training for lower division students both to develop such skills and as vehicles for practicing leading. Course includes a Leadership Laboratory where students have leadership responsibilities for the planning, coordination, execution, and evaluation of various training and activities with basic course students and for the ROTC program as a whole. Students develop, practice, and refine leadership skills by serving and being evaluated in a variety of responsible positions. Course also requires participation in three one-hour sessions for physical fitness each week and participation in one weekend exercise. Additional weekend training exercises may be offered for optional participation. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Basic Course Program and successful application to the Advanced Course Program.

MSL 302 Leading Small Organizations II
The course continues the methodology of MSL 301. Analyze tasks; prepare written or oral guidance for team members to accomplish task. Delegate tasks and supervise. Plan for and adapt to the unexpected in organization under stress. Examine and apply lessons from leadership case studies. Examine importance of ethical decision making in setting a positive climate that enhances team performance. Course includes a Leadership Laboratory where students have leadership responsibilities for the planning, coordination, execution, and evaluation of various training and activities with basic course students and for the ROTC program as a whole. Students develop, practice, and refine leadership skills by serving and being evaluated in a variety of responsible positions. Course also requires participation in three one-hour sessions for physical fitness each week and 2013-2014 Catalog 97 participation in one weekend training exercise. Additional weekend exercises may be offered for optional participation. Prerequisites: MSL 301 or permission of the Military Science and Leadership Program Coordinator.

MSL 310 Advanced Military Science Leadership Lab
A hands-on practicum which exposes the student to the military skills required for advanced technical and tactical competence as an Army officer. The course affords junior cadets opportunities to develop and refine their leadership style and abilities under differing constraints and environments. Students develop, practice, and refine leadership skills by serving and being evaluated in a variety of responsible positions. Laboratory meets two hours per week and two weekend exercises. Corequisite: MSL 301.

MSL 320 Advanced Military Science Leadership Lab
A hands-on practicum which exposes the student to the military skills required for advanced technical and tactical competence as an Army officer. The course affords junior cadets opportunities to develop and refine their leadership style and abilities under differing constraints and environments. Students develop, practice, and refine leadership skills by serving and being evaluated in a variety of responsible positions. Laboratory meets two hours per week and two weekend exercises. Corequisite: MSL 302.

MSL 339 ROTC Leadership Development Assessment Course
The Army ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) is a six-week training event for Army ROTC cadet officer candidates and is normally taken by cadets between the third and fourth year of their Military Science and Leadership program. The LDAC incorporates a wide range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability. Prerequisites: Permission of the Military Science and Leadership Program Coordinator.

MSL 401 Leadership Challenges and Goal Setting
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/apply various Army policies and programs in this effort. Course includes a Leadership Laboratory where students have leadership responsibilities for the planning, coordination, execution, and evaluation of various training and activities with basic course students and for the ROTC program as a whole. Students develop, practice, and refine leadership skills by serving and being evaluated in a variety of responsible positions. Course also requires participation in three one-hour sessions for physical fitness each week and participation in one weekend training exercise. Additional weekend exercises may be offered for optional participation. Prerequisite: MSL 302 and MSL 339 or permission of the Military Science and Leadership Program Coordinator.

MSL 402 Transition to Officer
The course continues the methodology from MSL 401. Identify and resolve ethical dilemmas. Refine counseling and motivating techniques. Examine aspects of tradition and law as related to leading as an officer in the United States Army. Prepare for future as a successful Army Lieutenant. Course includes a Leadership Laboratory where students have leadership responsibilities for the planning, coordination, execution, and evaluation of various training and activities with basic course students and for the ROTC program as a whole. Students develop, practice, and refine leadership skills by serving and being evaluated in a variety of responsible positions. Course also requires participation in three one-hour sessions for physical fitness each week and participation in one weekend training exercise. Additional weekend exercises may be offered for optional participation. Prerequisites: MSL 401 or permission of the Military Science and Leadership Program Coordinator.

MSL 410 Advanced Military Science Leadership Lab
A hands-on practicum which exposes the student to the military skills required for advanced technical and tactical competence as an Army officer. The course affords junior cadets opportunities to develop and refine their leadership style and abilities under differing constraints and environments. Students develop, practice, and refine leadership skills by serving and being evaluated in a variety of responsible positions. Laboratory meets two hours per week and two weekend exercises. Corequisite: MSL 401.

MSL 420 Advanced Military Science Leadership Lab
A hands-on practicum which exposes the student to the military skills required for advanced technical and tactical competence as an Army officer. The course affords junior cadets opportunities to develop and refine their leadership style and abilities under differing constraints and environments. Students develop, practice, and refine leadership skills by serving and being evaluated in a variety of responsible positions. Laboratory meets two hours per week and two weekend exercises. Corequisite: MSL 402.
Faculty

Name: Todd McLean 
Title: Senior Military Science Instructor
Email: ToddMcLean@upike.edu
Phone: 606.218.5732
Office: Armington 009
ROTC

The University of Pikeville ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition, too. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be an officer in the Army.

University of Pikeville ROTC benefits

Army ROTC is one of the nation’s top leadership programs, with many benefits to joining. Through Army ROTC you can:

  • Get help with your college tuition with an Army ROTC scholarship.
  • Gain experience you can’t find anywhere else.
  • Gain the respect of your peers and future employers.
  • Train to become a leader and manager.
  • Free room and board.
Your commitment to the Army

Army ROTC students who receive an Army ROTC scholarship or enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course must agree to complete a period of service with the Army.

You can serve full-time in the Army for three years (four years for scholarship winners).

Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career.

It’s an experience that you can’t get anywhere else, and your leadership skills will be challenged every day. Contact your campus military science department for more specific details on your Army ROTC service commitment. Enrolling in the Army ROTC Basic Course does not involve a commitment of service to the Army unless you have received an Army ROTC scholarship.

Army scholarships

Whether you’re a college-bound high school student or already attending a college or university, Army ROTC has scholarships available. Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s merit and grades, not financial need. Army ROTC scholarships are valuable in many ways:

  • Two-, three- and four-year scholarship options based on the time remaining to complete your degree.
  • Full-tuition scholarships.
  • Additional allowances pay for books and fees.
Living expense

Army ROTC scholarships also provide monthly living allowances for each school year. You can earn certain amounts depending on your level in the Army ROTC curriculum:

  • First year - $300 per month
  • Second year - $350 per month
  • Third year - $450 per month
  • Fourth year - $500 per month
Basic Courses (Freshmen and Sophomore years)

The basic course program (100- and 200-level MSL courses) begins the leadership development process and is open to all University of Pikeville students. These courses acquaint students with the Army and introduce fundamental individual leadership skills. The basic course program is designed to build leadership skills and to facilitate student commitment to the full four-year ROTC program. Students do not incur military obligation by participating in the Basic Course Program. Subject to approval, students with prior military service or membership in the National Guard or Reserves may receive credit for MSL 230.

Advanced Courses (Junior and Senior years)

The advanced course program (300- and 400-level Military Science and Leadership courses) is designed to offer students advanced leadership training and to prepare them to become officers in the U.S. Army. All advanced program students are required to successfully complete the Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC). The LDAC is normally attended during the summer prior to the last year of the ROTC program. While attending the LDAC, students receive stipends, and the U.S. Army furnishes travel expenses, uniforms, quarters, medical care and rations.

Each basic and advanced course also includes a one-credit lab involving military skills, training and adventure activities such as mountaineering and rifle marksmanship.

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