Department of Military Science
Military Science courses conform to the subject requirements of the Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Department of the Army. The objectives of the ROTC program are to attract, motivate, and prepare selected students with high potential to serve as commissioned officers in the active Army, or the U.S. Army Reserve, and the Army National Guard.
The Army ROTC program, military science instruction and associated activities, in addition to providing courses required to earn a commission, have the goals of developing leadership and managerial potential, providing an understanding of the requirements and organization for national security, and instilling a strong sense of personal integrity and individual responsibility in all students.
All members of the Corps of Cadets are required to take a military science course each semester. Additional information concerning the Corps of Cadets at North Georgia College & State University is provided on page 37 of this catalog.
The Department of Modern Language and the Department of Military Science offer students in the Corps of Cadets who are attached to a reserve component unit the unique opportunity to combine course work at the University with study done at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, California, in order to fulfill the Bachelor's degree requirements while training as military linguists.* Such students will receive their AA degree upon completion of language course work at the DLI. On returning to NGCSU, students will maintain and enhance the skills learned in the language studied at the DLI via distance learning and will complete a major of their choice for the Bachelor's degree, including any remaining core curriculum requirements needed.
Military Science courses are grouped into basic and advanced ROTC studies. The basic study sequence includes Military Science I (MS I) and MS II courses in the 1000 and 2000 series, which require two classroom hours per week. The advanced study sequence is comprised of MS III and MS IV courses in the 3000 and 4000 series, which require three classroom hours per week.
Leadership laboratory periods, an integral part of Military Science instruction in addition to the classroom work, will be held for special training and applied leadership experience. Ceremonies held each semester, consisting of parades or reviews, highlight the presentation of awards or to honor distinguished guests.
Requirements For Commissioning
The U.S. Army established the Military Qualification Standards (MQS) system to articulate the knowledge and skills required of commissionees to begin military service. The majority of this knowledge and these skills are learned while completing the basic and advanced military science courses and ROTC Leader Development & Assessment Course (LDAC).
MQS requires completion of the baccalaureate degree and at least one undergraduate course in each of the following five areas: written communication, human behavior, military history, computer literacy, and math reasoning, in addition to military science courses. The written communication, human behavior and math reasoning requirements can normally be met by completion of core curriculum courses. The military history and computer literacy requirements can be met only by taking approved courses taught by the Departments of Business Administration, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Social Sciences. Cadets are required to coordinate with the military department adjutant to ensure satisfactory completion of these requirements.
Minor In Leadership
The minor in leadership is designed for all students who spend four years in the Corps of Cadets. The leadership minor requires courses from several academic disciplines.
Requirements for award of the minor in leadership are:
1. Acceptance into the program by the Military Science Department Director of Instruction.
2. Completion of courses required for major.
3. Successful completion of the ROTC Advanced Course of Instruction. (8 credit hours)
4. Successful completion of the Leadership Internship. MILS 4300 (3 credit hours)
a. Completion of NCOA
b. Minimum of two semesters as NCO in Corps of Cadets
c. Minimum of one semester as an Officer in the Corps of Cadets
5. Successfully complete two courses (6 credit hours) from the following list of courses. Only one course may be from any area.
Area I. Computer Literacy
CSCI 1100 /1150 Introduction to Computers and Information Systems/ Computers and Information System Seminar (Prerequisite CSCI 1100)
CSCI 1200 Technology and Learning
CSCI 1301 Computer Science I
CRJU 4320 Data Analysis (prerequisite SOSC 3001 and 3002)
Area II. Military History / Political Science / Sociology
HIST 3280 History of Western Warfare
HIST 4232 Studies in World War I
HIST 4660 Vietnam War (prerequisite HIST 1112 or permission from the instructor)
HIST 4860 Studies in World War II
POLS 4202 Comparative Security Issues
SOCI 3650 Military Sociology
MILS 3200 Foundations of Military Theory
All members of the Corps of Cadets must be enrolled each semester in a military science class unless exempted for cause upon recommendation of the Professor of Military Science and by approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Cadets are required to enroll for the military science course appropriate to their progression toward completing degree and commissioning requirements. (See “Requirements for Commissioning” section.) Students may receive advanced placement in military science for prior military service or JROTC instruction if needed for military and academic alignment. Contact the Military Science Department's Director of Instruction if you have any questions concerning placement. Female students and commuting male students not in the Corps of Cadets may enroll in one first-year military science course with the permission of the Professor of Military Science. Military Science 3200, Foundations of Military Theory, is open to all university students.
First Year - Basic Courses - MS I
MILS 1000 Introduction to the Army - 1 hour
An introductory course designed to acquaint the student with general military subjects. Instruction includes a survey of the organization and role of the US Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard; history, features and benefits of the Army ROTC program; customs and traditions of the service; principles of war, tactics, and strategy.
MILS 1100 Introduction to Basic Individual Military Skills - 1 hour
A course designed to give the student the basic skills required to function as a leader in the Corps of Cadets and as a military officer. Instruction includes the planning and presentation of military instruction, stages of instruction, speech techniques, use of training aids and the preparation of lesson plans; the preparation of military correspondence; first aid; other individual soldier skills.
Second Year - Basic Courses - MS II
MILS 2000 Introduction to Tactical Operations - 1 hour
A course designed to introduce the student to small unit ground tactical operations. Emphasis is placed on the organization, capabilities and employment of the rifle squad. Additional instruction is presented on the art of land navigation, including military and topographic map symbols, reference systems, and determining location and the ability to accomplish terrain evaluation by map analysis.
MILS 2100 Tactical Operations/Intermediate Military Skills - 1 hour
A continuation of small unit ground tactical operations instruction. Additional instruction includes performance oriented training designed to introduce the student to various military skills. Included is practical instruction in marksmanship and the use of military radios, radio net theory, codes, and ciphers.
MILS 2500 Independent Study - 1 hour
Prerequisite: Permission of PMS/DOI.
A supervised research project under the mentorship of the MS II Instructor. Study project may be selected by the student with approval of the instructor, or may be directed. Subject areas will require independent research and analysis concerning military problems or historical examples of significance. May be taken
Third Year - Advanced Courses - MS III
Prerequisite: Student must have completed all MS I and MS II courses, or received placement credit from the Military Science Department’s Director of Instruction, before they can take a MS III advanced course. Exceptions will be granted by the PMS on a case-by-case basis.
MILS 3000 Fundamentals of Leadership/Problem Analysis - 2 hours
A performance oriented program designed to develop students in those areas important to platoon level leadership. Instruction includes the organization, mission, and capabilities of the light infantry platoon. The course focuses on the important aspects of leadership through the use of case studies and participatory exercises. Areas covered include operations orders, troop leading procedures, fundamentals of offensive operations, and military planning process. The concept of combined arms integration for warfighting is introduced.
MILS 3100 Fundamentals of Leadership/Advanced Decision Making - 2 hours
This course continues the leadership development initiated in MILS 3000 and utilizes the same performance oriented style and organizational model. Students are introduced to advanced decision making and the command estimate process. Additional areas of emphasis will be the fundamentals of planning combat, patrols, non-conventional tactics, leadership development.
MILS 3200 Foundations of Military Theory - 3 hours
This course is intended for cadets preparing for a military career and other students majoring in political science, business or history. MILS 3200 will develop an understanding of the philosophy of war in its various forms and an understanding of the theoretical concepts involved at the tactical, operational and strategic levels of the military art, with application to military operations, national and international politics, business planning and practices and to the understanding of military history.
MILS 3500 Independent Study - 2 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of PMS.
A supervised research project under the mentorship of the MS III Instructor. Study project may be selected by the student with approval of the instructor, or may be directed. Subject areas will require independent research and analysis concerning military problems or historical examples of significance. May be taken in lieu of, or in addition to, other military science courses with permission of PMS.
Fourth Year - Advanced Courses - MS IV
Prerequisite: Student must have completed all MS I, MS II (Placement credit for MS I and MS II classes is acceptable) and MS III courses. Exceptions will be granted by the PMS on a case-by-case basis.
MILS 4000 Command & Staff and the Dynamics of the Modern Battlefield - 2 hours
A study of command and staff relationships, staff structure, and staff functions. The course also covers inter-staff communications, military writing and correspondence and military briefings. Extensive use of the military decision making process is accomplished through case studies and problem solving practical exercises. The modern battlefield is examined using the tenants of Army Operations and the seven operating systems.
MILS 4100 Introduction to Military Law and Precommissioning Orientation - 2 hours
A study of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and its use by the junior officer. Includes a study of non-punitive corrective measures as well as an introduction to the Law of War. The last part of the semester is oriented toward providing essential information to the graduating cadets to ease their transition from student to Army officer. Focus is on key survival issues like finance, transportation, housing, evaluations, officer records, etc.
MILS 4300 Leadership Internship - 3 hours
Co and Prerequisite: Must meet all MS-IV prerequisites, be a graduate of NCOA in conjunction with successfully serving two semesters in the Corps as an NCO, be appointed an officer in the Corps of Cadets and have permission of the PMS. This is a Military Science preparation phase that enables a cadet to enhance their leadership abilities. These leaders are responsible for discipline, morale, training, welfare and daily leadership of their subordinates. The theory and doctrine learned in NCOA and throughout the Military Science Junior (MS-III) and Senior (MS-IV) years are continually reinforced in the practical experiences of daily leadership and laboratories comprised of troop leading procedures, inspections, counseling subordinates, planning and executing activities, drill and ceremonies.
MILS 4500 Independent Study - 2 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of PMS/DOI.
A supervised research project under the supervision of the MS IV Instructor. Study project may be selected by the student with approval of the instructor, or may be directed. Subject areas will require independent research and analysis concerning military problems or historical examples of significance. May be taken in lieu of, or in addition to, other military science courses with permission of PMS.