Military Science Courses

General Course Listings

Sub CRSE Title
MIL 101 Leadership and Personal Development
Prerequisites & Notes

Participation in leadership lab is required.  There is no military obligation to take this course, open to all Davidson students. (Fall)

Instructor
Captain Stephan Hobbs / Command Sergeant Major (Retired) John Gory

Introduces students to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership.  Students learn how the personal development of life skills such as cultural understanding, goal setting, time management, mental/physical resiliency, and stress management relate to leadership, officership, and the Army profession.  Includes instruction in map reading, land navigation, and customs and courtesies of the Army. 

MIL 102 Introduction to Leadership
Prerequisites & Notes

Participation in leadership lab is required.  There is no military obligation to take this course, open to all Davidson students. (Spring)

Instructor
Captain Stephan Hobbs / Command Sergeant Major (Retired) John Gory

Overview of leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem-solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills.  Students explore dimensions of leadership attributes and core leader competencies in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises.  Includes instruction in basic tactics.

MIL 201 Innovative Team Leadership
Prerequisites & Notes

MIL 101, which can be taken concurrently. MIL 201 is currently only offered at UNC Charlotte. Participation in leadership lab is required.  There is no military obligation to take this course, open to all Davidson students. (Fall) 

Instructor
Captain Stephan Hobbs / Command Sergeant Major (Retired) John Gory

Explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership framework.  Students practice aspects of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing, and assessing team exercises and participating in leadership labs.  Includes instruction in troop leading procedures, tactical movement, battle drills, and offensive and defensive operations. 

MIL 202 Foundations of Tactical Leadership
Prerequisites & Notes

MIL 102, which may be taken concurrently. MIL 202 is currently only offered at UNC Charlotte. Participation in leadership lab is required. There is no military obligation to take this course. Open to all Davidson students. (Spring) 

Instructor
Captain Stephan Hobbs / Command Sergeant Major (Retired) John Gory

Examines the challenges of leading teams in the complex operational environment.  The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, route planning, defensive operations, navigational methods, and operations orders.  Further study of the Army Leadership Requirements Model explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations.

MIL 301 Adaptive Tactical Leadership
Prerequisites & Notes

Completion of Basic Course requirements. MIL 301 is currently only offered at UNC-Charlotte.  Participation in leadership lab is required. (Fall)

Instructor
Captain Stephan Hobbs / Captain John Arthur

Academically challenging course in which cadets study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of Army leadership, Officership, Army values and ethics, personal development, and small unit tactics at the squad level.  At the conclusion of this course, you will be capable of planning, coordinating, navigating, motivating, and leading a 9-person squad in the execution of a tactical mission during a classroom practical exercise, a leadership lab, or during a situational training exercise (STX) in a field environment.  Successful completion of this course will help prepare you for success at the ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), which you will attend next summer at Ft Knox, KY.  You will receive systematic and specific feedback on your leader attributes, values, and core leader competencies from your instructor, other ROTC cadre, and MSIV Cadets who will evaluate you using the ROTC leader development program (LDP) model. Includes instruction in squad operations, problem solving, and combat orders.

MIL 302 Leadership in Changing Environments
Prerequisites & Notes

MIL 301 or consent of the Professor of Military Science. MIL 302 is currently only offered at UNC-Charlotte.  Participation in leadership lab is required. (Spring)

Instructor
Captain Stephan Hobbs / Captain John Arthur

A continuation of MIL 301 in which cadets study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of Army leadership, Officership, Army values and ethics, personal development, and small unit tactics at the patrol/platoon level.  At the conclusion of this course, you will be capable of planning, coordinating, navigating, motivating, and leading a 24-person patrol in the execution of a tactical mission during a classroom practical exercise, a leadership lab, or during a situational training exercise (STX) in a field environment.  Successful completion of this course will help prepare you for success at the ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), which you will attend next summer at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, WA.  You will receive systematic and specific feedback on your leader attributes, values, and core leader competencies from your instructor, other ROTC cadre, and MSIV Cadets who will evaluate you using the ROTC leader development program (LDP) model. Includes instruction in platoon operations, stability and support operations, and garrison orders.

MIL 401 Developing Adaptive Leaders
Prerequisites & Notes

MIL 301 and 302. MIL 401 is currently only offered at UNC-Charlotte.  Participation in leadership lab is required.  Mandatory for all senior ROTC students. (Fall) 



 

 

Instructor
Lieutenant Colonel Jared Sloan / Captain Stephan Hobbs

Transitions the focus of student learning from being trained, mentored, and evaluated as an MSIII Cadet to learning how to train, mentor, and evaluate underclass Cadets.  MSIV Cadets learn the duties and responsibilities of an Army staff officer and apply the military decision-making process, Army writing style, Army's training management, and mission essential task list (METL) processes during weekly training meetings to plan, execute, and assess battalion training events.  Cadets learn to safely conduct training by understanding and employing the composite risk management process.  Cadets learn how to use the comprehensive soldier fitness (CSF) program to reduce and manage stress.  Includes instruction in code of conduct, rules of engagement, counseling, and evaluations.

MIL 402 Leadership in a Complex World
Prerequisites & Notes

MIL 401. MIL 402 is currently only offered at UNC-Charlotte.  Participation in leadership lab is required.  Mandatory for all senior ROTC students. (Spring)

Instructor
Lieutenant Colonel Jared Sloan / Captain Stephan Hobbs

Explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in the full spectrum operations (FSO). 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 non-government organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support.  Includes instruction in Army organization and modularity, the platoon command team, a battle analysis, and counterinsurgency operations.

MIL Labs Leadership Labs
Prerequisites & Notes

There is no military obligation incurred by taking MIL 101L, 102L, 201L or 202L. Open to all Davidson students.

Instructor
Command Sergeant Major (Retired) John Gory 

All cadets attend leadership lab.  Time and place for leadership labs are at the discretion of the Professor of Military Science.  Leadership labs are normally scheduled for one 8-hour Friday lab per month.  Third and fourth year cadets participate in leadership labs with basic course cadets, as well as occasional advanced course focused labs as determined by the Professor of Military Science.  Leadership Labs reinforce classroom instruction and are focused as follows:

MIL 101/2L -  BASIC LEADERSHIP LAB.  Students learn the basic fundamentals of being a member of a team.  This is taught through multiple venues including drill and ceremony, land navigation, weapons familiarization, basic rifle marksmanship, medical tasks, individual movement techniques, engaging targets, introduction to the orders process, understanding Army acronyms, hand and arm signals, and radio protocol procedures.  Freshmen learn basic leadership skills and master the fundamentals of being a follower.

MIL 201/2L - INTERMEDIATE LEADERSHIP LAB.  Students become proficient in the basic fundamentals and are introduced to leading a small team.  This is taught through multiple venues including leading drill and ceremony, advanced land navigation, building terrain models, advanced rifle marksmanship, advanced medical skills, movement formations, movement techniques, special teams, writing operations orders, situation reporting, call for fire, and introduction to battle drills.  Sophomores focus on mentoring freshmen and serve as team leaders.

MIL 301L - ADAPTIVE TACTICAL LEADERSHIP LAB.  Challenging scenarios related to small-unit tactical operations are used to develop self-awareness and critical thinking skills.  The cadet will receive systematic and specific feedback on leadership abilities.  Cadets at this level serve as the Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Corps of the ROTC Battalion; they plan, rehearse, and lead basic course cadets through the program of instruction.  Juniors are the executors of the battalion.

MIL 302L - LEADERSHIP IN CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS LAB.  Specific instruction is given in individual leader development, planning and execution of small-unit operations, individual and team development, and the Army as a career choice.  Prepares cadets for the mandatory 32-day Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Knox, KY during the summer between their junior and senior academic years.  

MIL 401L - DEVELOPING ADAPTIVE LEADERS LAB.  Cadets will lead cadets at lower levels.  Leadership experiences are designed to prepare them for their first military unit of assignment.  Identify responsibilities of key staff members, coordinate staff roles amongst twelve separate universities and colleges that make up the ROTC battalion, and use battalion field/garrison situations to teach, train, and develop subordinates.  Seniors are the battalion's staff, primary supervisors and planners, preparing to transition to Second Lieutenants.

MIL 402L - LEADERSHIP IN A COMPLEX WORLD LAB.  A continuation of responsibilities listed in MIL 401L.  The leadership lab uses case studies, scenarios, and tactical vignettes to prepare cadets to face the complex ethical and practical demands of leading as a commissioned officer in the United States Army.