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The purpose of the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) is to enable college students to pursue a course of study which will prepare them professionally and spiritually, upon graduation, for appointment as officers in the United States Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard.
The Rolling Thunder Battalion is a cooperative effort to which the Army and Wheaton College have mutually agreed as a means of providing officer leadership in the interest of national security. The Rolling Thunder Battalion cadre provide leadership training and practical experience designed to develop the traits essential to achieving a high degree of success in military, as well as civilian pursuits.
The Military Science curriculum consists of two two-year courses. First, the Basic Course consists of eight semester hours (4 courses) taken during freshman and sophomore years. Students who are unable to complete the on-campus Basic Course may attend the Army’s Leader Training Course, an intensive 28-day summer camp (in lieu thereof) between their sophomore and junior years with departmental approval. The Professor of Military Science may also waive all or part of the Basic Course requirement based on prior military experience or Junior ROTC experience.
Once students have satisfactorily completed the Basic Course, they may apply for enrollment in the Advanced Course. If selected for enrollment in the Advanced Course, the student signs a contract with the United States Government in which s/he agrees to complete the course of instruction, attend the advanced summer camp, and accept a commission in the reserve or active components of the U.S. Army for a period as specified by the Secretary of the Army. The Advanced Course requires 16 semester hours (four complete semester courses) plus attendance at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), a 29-day advanced training camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky, during the summer following the junior year. Students must satisfactorily complete an approved military history course prior to commissioning. Students must be U.S. Citizens to enter into the Advanced Course. Wheaton College requires the student who enters the Advanced Course to meet the obligations of his/her contract as a prerequisite to being granted a baccalaureate degree and a certificate in Military Science.
Army ROTC offers 2-, 3-, and 4-year scholarships that pay full tuition and fees. Students can apply at any time from their senior year in high school to the second semester of their sophomore year in college. All scholarship students also earn $300-$500 monthly stipend while in school, and an annual allowance of $1,200 for books and miscellaneous fees.
Graduate students are welcomed to join ROTC at Wheaton College. Typically Graduate students would take MSCI 203 in lieu of Basic Course and then go directly into MSCI 301. Graduate students would then be required to complete MSCI 211, 301, 302, 401, and 402 before being able to commission. A minimum of 2 years of full-time graduate study would be required to complete the ROTC program and earn a commission in the U.S. Army.
Military Science (MSCI) I and II, Basic Course consists of, , , and . With departmental approval, may be taken between sophomore and junior years in lieu of the on-campus program. Leadership Lab, (0 hours), is a corequisite for all ROTC classes.
MSCI 101. Leadership and Personal Development. This course introduces cadets to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Cadets learn how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management relate to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. Cadets will be challenged with the question of, “May a Christian serve?” The focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army leadership dimensions while gaining a big picture understanding of the ROTC program, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for the student. Emphasis on "hands-on" learning also includes blocks of instruction on map reading, orienteering, marksmanship, and rappelling, as well as weekly leadership laboratories, one weekend field trip, and physical training. Upon completion of this semester, the cadets should be prepared to receive more complex leadership instruction. Corequisite: MSCI 123. (2). Fall only.
MSCI 102. Introduction to Tactical Leadership. This course overviews leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills. Cadets explore dimensions of leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises. Cadets will compare and contrast Army values and Judeo-Christian ethics. Cadre role models and the building of stronger relationships among the cadets through common experience, and practical interaction are critical aspects of the MSCI 102 experience. Course includes weekly leadership lab, one weekend field trip, and physical training. Corequisite: MSCI 123. (2). Spring only.
MSCI 123. Leadership Laboratory. Practical application of military skills taught in MSCI basic and advanced courses. Hands-on training in basic soldier’s skills, squad and platoon tactics, weapons, communications, and organizational leadership. Corequisite for MSCI 101/102, 201/202, 301/302, 401/402. Graded pass/fail. (0)
MSCI 201. Innovative Team Leadership. This course explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and two historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership framework. Cadets practice aspects of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing, and assessing team exercises and participating in leadership labs. Focus is on continued development of the knowledge of leadership values and attributes through an understanding of Army rank, structure, and duties and basic aspects of land navigation and squad tactics. Case studies provide tangible context for learning the Soldier’s Creed and Warrior Ethos as they apply for Christian officers in the contemporary operating environment. The course also includes one weekend field trip, weekly leadership laboratories, and physical training. Corequisite: MSCI 123. (2). Fall only.
MSCI 202. Foundations of Tactical Leadership. This course examines the challenges of leading tactical teams in the contemporary operating environment (COE). The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. Further study of the theoretical basis of the Army leadership framework explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations and what impact does this framework have for the Christian officer. provides a smooth transition into MSCI 301. Cadets develop greater self-awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team building skills. COE case studies give insight into the importance and practice of teamwork and tactics in real-world scenarios. This includes one weekend field trip, weekly leadership laboratories, and physical training. Corequisite: MSCI 123. (2). Spring only.
MSCI 203. Leader’s Training Course (LTC). An alternative to the Basic Course above, LTC offers a possibility for students (undergraduate and graduate) who have not considered ROTC until late in their sophomore year (or with at least 2 years left of full-time graduate school) an opportunity for a scholarship and entry into the Advanced Course. The sole purpose for attending LTC is to qualify for the Advanced Course. Students contract prior to attending, and, therefore, must be American citizens to attend. LTC is a 29-day summer training course conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky, designed to teach the fundamentals of soldiering and leadership and to enhance personal confidence using practical, hands-on exercises including: land navigation, rifle marksmanship, first aid, individual and unit tactics, obstacle courses, and rappelling. Military pay approximately $750. (Special tuition charge $25.) Summer. Departmental Approval Required.
MSCI 211. American Military History. Introduces cadets to American military history using principles of warfare, threads of continuity, and battle analysis. Additionally, cadets will investigate spiritual implications of historical lessons in American warfare. This course is required for commissioning. (2). Fall only.
While consisting of four distinct semesters, the Advanced Course is structured as a two-phased program leading to commissioning. The principal lessons of operations and tactics, coupled with leadership are progressive.
Phase one focuses on enhanced tactics at the small unit level during the Junior year in preparation for the national Leader Development and Assessment Camp (LDAC). By the end of phase one, the cadet is prepared for all aspects of the campus evaluation process and capable to lead small unit tactical operations. The culminating event of phase one is the cadet’s successful completion of LDAC.
Phase two focuses on final preparation for commissioning during the Senior year. In addition to military skills, cadets receive a continuation of leadership exercises to synthesize and integrate the principles of leadership previously learned in the Basic Course. By the end of phase two, cadets will have confidence in their abilities to lead, make decisions and motivate subordinates within their organization. The semesters are designed to maximize cadet participation, inspire intellectual curiosity and stimulate self-directed study. Completion of the Advanced Course prepares the cadet for the physical, emotional, and intellectual challenges of leadership of the evolving Army in the twenty-first century. The Advanced Course consists of all six courses listed below.
MSCI 301. Adaptive Team Leadership. MSCI 301 challenges cadets to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with challenging scenarios related to squad tactical operation. Cadets receive systematic and specific feedback on their leadership attributes and actions. Based on such feedback, as well as their own self-evaluations, cadets continue to develop their leadership and critical thinking abilities. Additional emphasis will be placed on ethical decision-making as a follower of Christ in the military environment. The focus is developing cadets’ tactical leadership abilities to enable them to succeed at the summer LDAC, MSCI 303. Course includes weekly leadership lab, one weekend field trip, and physical training. Prerequisite: Basic Course credit; corequisite: MSCI 123. Fall only.
MSCI 302. Leadership in Changing Environments. MSCI 302 uses increasingly intense situational leadership challenges to build cadet awareness and skills in leading small units. Skills in decision-making, persuading and motivating team members when “under fire” are explored, evaluated, and developed. Aspects of military operations are reviewed as a means of preparing for LDAC. Cadets are expected to apply basic principles of biblical ethics, the Law of Land Warfare, Army training, and motivation to troop leading procedures. Emphasis is also placed on conducting military briefings and developing proficiency in garrison operation orders. MSCI 302 cadets are evaluated on what they know and do as leaders. Cadets will be prepared to know how to function as a Christian in an ungodly environment. Course includes weekly leadership lab, one weekend field trip, and physical training. Prerequisite: MSCI 301; corequisite: MSCI 123. Spring only.
MSCI 303. Leader Development and Assessment Camp (LDAC). Approximately 3,500 cadets nationwide will attend LDAC at Fort Knox, Kentucky, each year. An Advanced Course requirement, LDAC provides an opportunity to live and work with other cadets from around the country for 29 days. LDAC is a performance-based environment in which cadets can exercise their leadership skills in a variety of field and garrison activities, and cadre can assess leadership potential. Cadets are paid a per diem while attending. Prerequisite: MSCI 302. (Optional four hours credit. Special tuition charge $25.) Summer (0,4)
MSCI 401. Developing Adaptive Leaders. MSCI 401 develops cadet proficiency in planning, executing, and assessing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff, and providing performance feedback to subordinates. Cadets assess risk, make ethical decisions, and lead fellow ROTC cadets. Cadets will learn how to effectively mentor subordinate leaders professionally as well as spiritually. Lesson on military justice and personnel processes prepare cadets to make the transition to Army officers. MSCI 401 cadets analyze, evaluate, instruct cadets at lower levels. Both their classroom and battalion leadership experiences are designed to prepare MSCI 401 cadets for their first unit of assignment. They identify responsibilities of key staff, coordinate staff roles, and use situational opportunities to teach, train, and develop subordinates. Course includes weekly leadership lab, one weekend field trip, and physical training. Prerequisite: MSCI 302; corequisite: MSCI 123. Fall only.
MSCI 402. Leadership in a Complex World. This course explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in the contemporary operating environment. Cadets examine differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. They also explore aspects of interacting with nongovernmental organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support. The course places significant emphasis on preparing cadets for their first unit of assignment, including finding or establishing vital Christian fellowship. It uses case studies, scenarios, and “What Now, Lieutenant?” exercises to prepare cadets to face the complex ethical and practical demands of leading as commissioned officers in the United States Army. Course includes weekly leadership lab, one weekend field trip, and physical training. Prerequisite: MSCI 401; corequisite: MSCI 123. Spring only.
MSCI 494. Leadership Principles. Focuses on leadership theory and principles. Cadet will choose texts from a Professional Reading list selected by the Army which will emphasize leadership lessons and principles. (2) Departmental Approval Required.
Revision Date: July 1, 2014
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