Military Science (MLSC)
The U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program is offered to Lycoming College students in cooperation with Bucknell University. Details of the ROTC program can be found under Cooperative Programs. For additional information go to: http://www.bucknell.edu/ROTC.xml.
LEADERSHIP AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
An introduction to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. The student learns how the personal development of life skills such as goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management relate to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. 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. Non-credit.
INTRODUCTION TO TACTICAL LEADERSHIP
An overview of leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem-solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills. The student explores dimensions of leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises. Non-credit.
INNOVATIVE TEAM LEADERSHIP
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. Aspects of personal motivation and team building are practiced planning, executing, and assessing team exercises and participating in leadership labs. The focus continues to build on developing knowledge of the leadership values and attributes through understanding Army rank, structure, and duties as well as broadening knowledge of land navigation and squad tactics. Case studies provide a tangible context for learning the Soldier’s Creed and Warrior Ethos as they apply in the contemporary operating environment. Non-credit.
FOUNDATIONS OF TACTICAL LEADERSHIP
Examines the challenges of leading tactical teams in the complex contemporary operating environment (COE). The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. Continued study of the theoretical basis of the Army leadership framework explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. Students 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. Non-credit.
ADAPTIVE TEAM LEADERSHIP
Students are challenged to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive team leadership skills as they are presented with the demands of the ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). Challenging scenarios related to small unit tactical operations are used to develop self-awareness and critical thinking skills. Students receive systematic and specific feedback on their leadership abilities. Non-credit.
LEADERSHIP IN CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS
Students are challenged to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with the demands of the ROTC Leader Development Assessment Course (LDAC). Challenging scenarios related to small unit tactical operations are used to develop self-awareness and critical thinking skills. Non-credit.
DEVELOPING ADAPTIVE LEADERS
Develops student proficiency in planning, executing, and assessing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff, and providing performance feedback to subordinates. The student is given situational opportunities to assess risk, make ethical decisions, and lead fellow ROTC cadets. Lessons on military justice and personnel processes prepare the cadet to make the transition to becoming an Army officer. Both classroom and battalion leadership experiences are designed to prepare the cadet for the first unit of assignment. The cadet will identify responsibilities of key staff, coordinate staff roles, and use battalion operations situations to teach, train, and develop subordinates. Non-credit.
LEADERSHIP IN A COMPLEX WORLD
Explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in the contemporary operating environment (COE). Examines differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. Explores aspects of interacting with non-government organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support. Places significant emphasis on preparation for BOLC II and III and the first unit of assignment. Using case studies, scenarios, and “What Now, Lieutenant?” exercises, it prepares the cadet to face the complex ethical and practical demands of leading as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. Non-credit.