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Military Science Classes

The Bowie State University ROTC program consists of structured study in the field of military science. Its primary objective is to prepare those students with leadership potential to serve as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army's active and reserve components. In accomplishing this objective, the citizen-soldier relationship, ingrained as part of the American heritage, is fostered in a collegiate environment. In the classroom and during practical exercises, students are challenged to demonstrate the leadership abilities necessary to serve as future leaders and managers of human and material resources.

FRESHMAN YEAR:

Fall: This course introduces the student to the organizations, missions, customs, and traditions of the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense. The course includes a laboratory in applied leadership, common military tasks, and physical fitness.

Spring: The primary topics of this course are an introduction to leadership principles, dimensions, styles, and assessment, among other varied topics. The course includes a laboratory in applied leadership, common military tasks, and physical fitness.

SOPHOMORE YEAR:

Fall: This course covers multiple topics to include writing, briefing techniques, leadership, tactical communications, and officer/non-commissioned officer roles. The course includes a laboratory in applied leadership, common military tasks, and physical fitness.

Spring: This course familiarizes students in troop leading procedures, operations orders, briefings, and basic first aid, among other varied topics. The course includes a laboratory in applied leadership, common military tasks, and physical fitness.

JUNIOR YEAR:

Fall: The primary focus of this course is on tactics of the infantry squad and platoon, to include map reading, navigation, marksmanship, etc. Some field training on weekend days is required. The course includes a laboratory in applied leadership, common military tasks, and physical fitness.

Spring: This course prepares cadets to successfully complete a five-week Army ROTC Advanced Camp the following summer. Topics include tactics, squad and platoon drills, marksmanship, land navigation, and health and physical fitness. Some field training on weekend days is required. The course includes a laboratory in applied leadership, common military tasks, and physical fitness.

SENIOR YEAR:

Fall: Continuing the "Transition to Lieutenant" phase of ROTC, this course examines the ethics of the military environment to include customs, ethical codes and decision-making, constraints, and appeals to moral principles. The American judicial system is also examined, with emphasis on the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Command and staff responsibilities are assigned to students for hands-on experience operating as a management team on behalf of the Bowie State University Cadet Corps. The course includes a laboratory in applied leadership, common military tasks, and physical fitness.

Spring: Continuation of fall semester "Transition to Lieutenant" course.

LEADERSHIP LAB:

A leadership lab is required for Army ROTC students. The student will receive hands-on training in drill and ceremonies, field craft, individual movement techniques, squad tactics, map reading and land navigation, first aid, and use and maintenance of the M16 rifle.