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Military Science (Army ROTC)

Head

  • MAJ Joseph Albrecht

Professor

  • MAJ Joseph Albrecht

Assistant professors

  • MAJ Mike Belin, Ryan Miller, Tony Wolf
Web site: http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/schools/university-of-iowa.html

The Military Science Program administers Iowa Army ROTC. It gives students who wish to serve on active or reserve status in the U.S. Army the opportunity to earn commissions as army officers. It also administers merit scholarships from the United States government to qualified students.

Although the Military Science Program does not offer degrees, its courses provide education in the military's role and instruction in leadership and management. The program's courses are an essential part of the Iowa ROTC program, which competes annually in national leadership assessments.

Military Science Program courses are open to all students. Course credit that counts toward graduation varies by college. Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences may count up to 20 s.h. earned in military science courses toward graduation.

Programs

Basic Course

The ROTC basic course is designed primarily for first- and second-year students. It provides the fundamentals of leadership and management and introduces the roles of the military as influenced by national and foreign policy. Students incur no obligation to the military for participation in the basic course.

The following courses satisfy the basic course requirement. Some of these courses are prerequisites to others, so students must be careful to take courses in the correct order. Courses 023:101 (MILS:1010) Leadership and Personal Development MSL101 and 023:102 (MILS:1020) Introduction to Tactical Leadership MSL102 are prerequisite to 023:103 (MILS:2010) Innovative Team Leadership MSL201; courses 023:101 (MILS:1010) Leadership and Personal Development MSL101, 023:102 (MILS:1020) Introduction to Tactical Leadership MSL102, and 023:103 (MILS:2010) Innovative Team Leadership MSL201 are prerequisite to 023:104 (MILS:2020) Foundations of Tactical Leadership MSL202.

023:101 (MILS:1010) Leadership and Personal Development MSL1011 s.h.
023:102 (MILS:1020) Introduction to Tactical Leadership MSL1021 s.h.
023:103 (MILS:2010) Innovative Team Leadership MSL2012 s.h.
023:104 (MILS:2020) Foundations of Tactical Leadership MSL2022 s.h.

The basic course requirements may be taken over a one- or two-year period or during a four-week paid summer camp, the Leader's Training Course (LTC), at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Students with prior military training normally are exempt from the basic course requirements.

Advanced Course

The ROTC advanced course is open to any student who meets the prerequisites, but it is designed primarily for cadets who wish to pursue a commission as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduation. It is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Most cadets in the advanced course incur an obligation to the military that can be satisfied in the Active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard.

To enter the advanced course, students must satisfy the basic course requirements, earn at least 54 s.h., and have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.00. In order to become U.S. Army officers, cadets must complete the Leadership Development and Assessment course (LDAC), a five-week session held at Fort Lewis, Washington. Cadets normally attend LDAC during the summer between their third and fourth years. With the military science professor's permission, cadets may delay LDAC until the summer after their final ROTC class.

A tax-free monthly stipend is provided to cadets who enter a contractual agreement with ROTC to serve in the armed forces. Additional financial assistance may be provided through scholarships.

The following courses are the academic requirements for completion of the advanced course. Some of these courses have prerequisites and corequisites, so students must be careful to take courses in the correct order. Prerequisites and corequisites for each course are listed with course descriptions; see "Courses" at the end of this section.

023:090 (MILS:1090) Leadership Laboratory0 s.h.
023:095 (MILS:1095) Advanced Military Fitness Training1 s.h.
023:105 (MILS:3010) Adaptive Tactical Leadership MSL3013 s.h.
023:106 (MILS:3020) Leadership in Changing Environments MSL3023 s.h.
023:107 (MILS:4010) Developing Adaptive Leaders MSL4013 s.h.
023:108 (MILS:4020) Leadership in a Complex World MSL4023 s.h.

Additional Course Work

Cadets whose aim is a commission must satisfy a Professional Military Education (PME) requirement. They must complete at least one course in military history from the following list. This course may be the same as one used to complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program. Cadets may use other courses to meet the requirement, with the military science professor's approval.

016:011 (HIST:1016) Issues in Human History: The Vietnam War in Historical Perspective3 s.h.
016:014 (HIST:1012) Issues in Human History: Europe's Expansion Overseas3 s.h.
16A:153 (HIST:4264) U.S.A. in a World at War 1931-19453 s.h.
16A:162 (HIST:4271) American Revolutionary Period 1740-17893 s.h.
16A:166 (HIST:4256) The Progressive Era in America3 s.h.
16A:168 (HIST:4268) The Contemporary U.S. 1940-Present3 s.h.


Financial Aid

Military Science offers two-, three-, and four-year ROTC scholarships for students who enter the ROTC program. These scholarships pay tuition at The University of Iowa, an allotment for books and supplies each semester, most mandatory educational fees, and a tax-free monthly stipend during the academic year. Scholarships also are available for nursing students who wish to become Army nurses.

Courses

023:090 (MILS:1090) Leadership Laboratory0 s.h.
Hands‑on training in basic soldier skills, such as customs and courtesies, drill and ceremony, first aid, weapons employment, troop movement techniques; leadership training for U.S. army officership. Offered fall and spring semesters.
 
023:095 (MILS:1095) Advanced Military Fitness Training1 s.h.
Aerobics and running, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and nutrition through exercise and classroom instruction; how to evaluate and measure fitness improvement; developed around Army physical fitness training program. Offered fall and spring semesters.
 
023:101 (MILS:1010) Leadership and Personal Development MSL1011 s.h.
Introduction to the personal challenges and competencies critical for effective leadership; how skills such as critical thinking, goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management relate to leadership, officership, and the army as a profession; dimensions of army leadership; understanding of the ROTC program, its purpose in the army, its advantages for students. Offered fall semesters.
 
023:102 (MILS:1020) Introduction to Tactical Leadership MSL1021 s.h.
Leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, using effective writing skills; leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions explored through hands‑on, interactive exercises; cadre role models, development of strong relationships among students through common experience, practical interaction. Offered spring semesters.
 
023:103 (MILS:2010) Innovative Team Leadership MSL2012 s.h.
Dimensions of creative, innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles explored through team dynamics and historical leadership theories (trait and behavior) central to the Army leadership framework; personal motivation and team building through planning, executing, and assessing team exercises and participating in leadership labs; continued development of leadership values and attributes through understanding army rank, structure, duties, basic aspects of land navigation and squad tactics; case studies on soldier's creed and warrior ethos in the contemporary operating environment. Offered fall semesters. Prerequisites: 023:101 (MILS:1010) and 023:102 (MILS:1020).
 
023:104 (MILS:2020) Foundations of Tactical Leadership MSL2022 s.h.
Challenges of leading tactical teams in the complex contemporary operating environment; dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, operation orders; theoretical basis of the army leadership framework, dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations; self‑assessment of cadet leadership styles, practice in communication and team building skills; case studies on importance and practice of teamwork and tactics in real‑world scenarios. Offered spring semesters. Prerequisites: 023:101 (MILS:1010), 023:102 (MILS:1020), and 023:103 (MILS:2010).
 
023:105 (MILS:3010) Adaptive Tactical Leadership MSL3013 s.h.
Study, practice, and evaluation of adaptive leadership skills in challenging scenarios related to squad tactical operations; feedback on cadets' leadership attributes and actions, continued development of leadership and critical thinking abilities; development of tactical leadership abilities in preparation for Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). Offered fall semesters. Corequisites: 023:090 (MILS:1090) and 023:095 (MILS:1095). Requirements: 023:101 (MILS:1010), 023:102 (MILS:1020), 023:103 (MILS:2010), and 023:104 (MILS:2020); or completion of army basic training or Leader's Training Course.
 
023:106 (MILS:3020) Leadership in Changing Environments MSL3023 s.h.
Development of cadet awareness and tactical leadership to platoon level, through increasingly intense situational leadership challenges; experience reviewing combat, stability, and support operations, conducting military briefings, developing proficiency in garrison operation orders; focus on exploring, evaluating, and developing skills in decision making, persuasion, and motivation of team members in a contemporary operating environment; preparation for summer Leader Development Assessment Course. Offered spring semesters. Prerequisites: 023:105 (MILS:3010). Corequisites: 023:090 (MILS:1090) and 023:095 (MILS:1095). Requirements: 023:101 (MILS:1010), 023:102 (MILS:1020), 023:103 (MILS:2010), and 023:104 (MILS:2020); or completion of army basic training or Leader's Training Course.
 
023:107 (MILS:4010) Developing Adaptive Leaders MSL4013 s.h.
Development of proficiency in planning, executing, and assessing complex operations, functioning as member of a staff, providing performance feedback to subordinates; experience assessing risk, making ethical decisions, leading fellow cadets; military justice and personnel processes in preparation for officership; identification of key staff responsibilities, coordination of staff roles, use of situational opportunities to teach, train, and develop subordinates. Offered fall semesters. Prerequisites: 023:105 (MILS:3010) and 023:106 (MILS:3020). Corequisites: 023:090 (MILS:1090) and 023:095 (MILS:1095).
 
023:108 (MILS:4020) Leadership in a Complex World MSL4023 s.h.
Leadership dynamics in complex military operations of the contemporary operating environment; differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism; interaction with nongovernmental organizations, civilians on the battlefield, host nation support; ethical and practical demands on army commissioned officers; preparation for first unit assignment through case studies, scenarios, exercises. Offered spring semesters. Prerequisites: 023:105 (MILS:3010), 023:106 (MILS:3020), and 023:107 (MILS:4010). Corequisites: 023:090 (MILS:1090) and 023:095 (MILS:1095).
 
023:121 (MILS:3121) Readings in Contemporary Military Issues1-3 s.h.
Preparation of book reviews from a reading list provided by the instructor, with topics ranging from historical battles and campaigns to global impact of U.S. political policies; or writing of an operations order relating to an ROTC event or similar project of historical significance (work in conjunction with instructor). Requirements: 023:101 (MILS:1010), 023:102 (MILS:1020), 023:103 (MILS:2010), and 023:104 (MILS:2020); or completion of army basic training or Leader's Training Course.