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Military Science

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MAJ Dax Burroughs, Chair
Room 159, Marshfield Clinic Health System Champions Hall (MCCH)
Phone: 715-346-2885 or 346-3821
Email: rotc@uwsp.edu
Web: www.uwsp.edu/rotc

Scholarship/Enrollment Officers:
Nate Rudebusch, 346-3821, nrudebusch@uwsp.edu
SFC Brett Peterson, 346-4007, brpeters@uwsp.edu

This department is in the College of Professional Studies .

Faculty: CPT Harrison Koch, MSG Leo Banaszak, SFC Daniel Ugoretz.

The Military Science Department, through the Army’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), offers you an opportunity to receive a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard. While not an academic major, the military science program (MSL) is taken in conjunction with and supports your undergraduate or graduate degree. The MSL curriculum provides you with the necessary skills, attributes and experience to successfully lead in a civilian and/or military career. Courses and training are conducted on campus, in the local area or at military training facilities. Army ROTC also offers a variety of scholarships and financial incentives if you choose to commit to military service as an officer. MSL is divided into a basic course and an advanced course.

MSL Basic Course, 9 credits: Freshman level courses MSL 101 MSL 102 , and MSL 111  introduce you to the Army profession and military leadership. Sophomore level courses MSL 201  and MSL 202  focus on an experiential examination of leadership, decision making and group dynamics. This basic course will give you a basic understanding of the unique aspects of the officer corps, fundamentals of leadership and decision making, Army institutional values, and principles of individual fitness and healthy lifestyles. Lessons emphasize practical classroom exercises, inspire intellectual curiosity, and stimulate self-study. These classes can be taken during study abroad.

MSL Advanced Course, 16 credits: Prerequisite for the advanced course is the basic course or advanced placement credit. Components of the advanced course are: (1) junior level courses MSL 301  and MSL 302  for advanced leadership and decision-making development; (2) Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) described below; and (3) senior level courses MSL 401  and MSL 402  with experiential learning to guide you through transition from cadet to Army officer. The lessons are sequenced, linked and progressive to target development of key officer/leader competencies. Cadets hold leadership positions throughout the semester and have significant responsibilities in planning and leading training. You must maintain a 2.0 GPA to receive a commission.

Advanced Placement Credit: You may request placement into the advanced course from the department chair provided you have completed either the Leader’s Training course (LTC) described below or a basic training course with Military Occupational Skills assignment in one of the armed services. If approved you will receive a total of 8 credits with the completion of either MSL 101 MSL 102 , or MSL 301  with a grade of C or better. If you are not intending to complete the ROTC program, you should take MSL 101  or MSL 102 . If you are intending to complete ROTC, you should see the department prior to registering for a class.

Internships: Military Science offers two types of internships that may, with consent of the department chair and the department chair of your academic major, fulfill other academic internship requirements.

  1. Leader’s Training Course (LTC) (no military obligation incurred). This paid, four-week course held at Fort Knox, Ky., is open to sophomores and juniors with four semesters of undergraduate study remaining who have not already completed a basic military training course in any of the armed services or the MSL basic course. The high adventure, activity-based training develops leadership, decision-making and management skills. Prerequisites are motivation, initiative and a drive for adventure. Upon completion you receive 8 credits and have the opportunity to enter the MSL advanced course to pursue a commission as a second lieutenant in the Army.
  2. Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) (military service obligation required). This internship provides the single most important block of training and evaluation in the progression of an Army cadet. Throughout LDAC’s 29 training days at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., you encounter stress-inducing physical and mental obstacles to challenge you as an individual and leader. You are immersed in an experiential learning environment with cadets from over 270 universities. LDAC uses small unit tactical training as the vehicle for further developing self-confidence and evaluating your leadership abilities and potential to serve as a commissioned officer. Prerequisites are completion of the MSL basic course, MSL 301 MSL 302  and an Army contractual obligation for future service as a commissioned officer in the active Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.




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