Department of Military Science

Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Program

Requirements for Admission

Basic Course

All Military Science courses offered as part of the basic course are eligible for elective credit toward graduation. Course work consists of leadership development, time management, planning, physical fitness, life skills, self-confidence, and Army values. Tuition for the freshman courses (MLSC 1201 and 1202) and for the sophomore courses (MLSC 2301 and 2302) is reimbursed. Students do not incur any military service obligation for enrollment in the Basic Course.

Advanced Course

The two-year advanced course is selective and elective, in that any qualified student may apply for admission. The application requires the approval of the Professor of Military Science. Qualified students will have the following prerequisites for advance course enrollment: at least two years of college remaining; maintain a 2.0 or better grade point average; complete the basic course or qualify by prior military training; and are physically qualified. The advanced course leads to a commission as an officer in the United States Army Reserve or Regular Army and is pursued under a written agreement with the Department of the Army. Advanced-course contract students are paid approximately $9,000 for the two-year course, which includes attendance at the ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course.

Two-Year Program

Students transferring to or currently enrolled at Tarleton, who cannot complete the Basic Course prior to becoming academic juniors or graduate students with at least two years remaining, may qualify to enter the advanced course by successfully completing a four-week Leadership Seminar course, conducted each summer at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Academic credit, travel, and pay are granted to students attending the course. Submit applications for course attendance to the Department of Military Science by April 15.

Credit for Previous Military Training

Students with previous military training may qualify for placement directly into an advanced course. The Professor of Military Science determines the placement for each student requesting this classification. To receive placement into an advanced course, a qualified student will have four academic semesters remaining for degree completion and an overall 2.0 grade point average.

Veterans

Students who have prior military service may be eligible for advanced placement.

National Guard/Reserves

Students who are currently members of the United States Army Reserves or the Army National Guard are eligible for advanced placement under the Simultaneous Membership Program.

Military Science Leadership Laboratory

Practical application of classroom instruction emphasizing military small unit tactics, water survival, orienteering, physical fitness, and basic military skills. Participating students are provided all uniforms and equipment.

Special Programs

U.S. Army ROTC Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET)

The Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) is the premier leadership program of its kind in the United States. An intense four-week summer course conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky, provides an introduction to Army life and leadership training of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. The aim of the course is to motivate and qualify Cadets for entry into the Senior ROTC program. CIET is designed for college students, typically between their sophomore and junior years. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates can take part in ROTC at their college as a third-year student in the four-year program. In addition to free room, board, and transportation, students are paid approximately $800 for attending the course and the potential of receiving a $5,000 bonus. Training includes practical exercises to enhance confidence, physical fitness, and leadership qualities. Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

Ranger Challenge

An adventure-oriented organization designed to develop leadership qualities, self discipline, self confidence, and resourcefulness through small unit tactics and inter-collegiate military skills competition. Members participate in several field training exercises during the semester. Open to all interested and qualified students with at least a 2.0 GPA.

Adventure Training

Available to qualified students who apply to attend Northern Operation Training (Alaska), Airborne-Parachutist Training (Georgia), Air Assault Training (Kentucky), Sapper (Combat Engineer) Leader Training (Missouri), Nurse Summer Training Program, Cadet Troop Leader Training Program (positions world-wide), Advanced Individual Academic Development, and other Summer Internship Programs (positions world-wide).

ROTC Scholarships

Competitive two-year, three-year, and four-year scholarships, which pay all tuition, laboratory fees, textbooks, and other required academic expenses or room and board, are available. Scholarship recipients also receive a stipend of $300 to $500 per month during the academic year. Additional scholarship funds are available through the Military Science Department for qualified students based on merit and performance – historically, qualified students receive an additional $700-$1,000 per semester. Students can apply these funds towards room and board, tuition, or spend at their discretion.

ROTC Cadet Leadership Course

Practical application of tactics, leadership training and practice, and arms qualification. Four weeks during the summer at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Prerequisite: MLSC 3301 Training Management and the Warfighting Functions and MLSC 3302 Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations or approval of department head.

Military Science Minor

A student can achieve a minor in Military Science by completing 18 hours of Military Science, military history and related courses with at least 6 hours being advanced. The Professor of Military Science, PMS, must approve the coursework.

Minor in Military Science

Required Courses
Choose from the following: (6 hours must be advanced)18
Army Physical Readiness Training
Introduction to the Army and Critical Thinking
Introduction to the Profession of Arms
Leadership and Decision Making
Army Doctrine and Team Development
Training Management and the Warfighting Functions
Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations
Independent Study
The Army Officer
Company Grade Leadership
U.S. Military History, 1607-1918
U.S. Military History, 1914-Present
Other courses as advised by the PMS

Courses

MLSC 1201. Introduction to the Army and Critical Thinking. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

The purpose of this course is to introduce Cadets to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Cadets learn how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, time management, goal setting, stress management, and comprehensive fitness relate to leadership, and the Army profession.

MLSC 1202. Introduction to the Profession of Arms. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

This course expands upon the fundamentals introduced in the previous course by focusing on communications, leadership, and problem solving. 'Life skills' lessons include: problem solving, goal setting, and interpersonal communication skills. The course also provides current information about life in the Army, the organizations of the Army, employment benefits, and work experiences expected of junior officers.

MLSC 2301. Leadership and Decision Making. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

The first semester of the MS II year is designed to develop cadet's knowledge of self, self-confidence, and individual leadership skills. Through experiential learning activities, cadets develop problem solving and critical thinking skills, and apply communication, feedback and conflict resolution skills.

MLSC 2302. Army Doctrine and Team Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

The second semester of the MS II year focuses on self development, guided by knowledge of self and group processes. Experiential learning activities are designed to challenge cadets' current beliefs, knowledge and skills. This course also prepares enrolled students for the ROTC Advanced Course, as well as the summer Leaders Training Course.

MLSC 3301. Training Management and the Warfighting Functions. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

This course is designed to enable a student with no prior military or cadet experience to quickly learn essential cadet knowledge and skills. The course introduces the principles of physical fitness, healthy lifestyles and the Leader Development Program that will be used to evaluate leadership performance and provides cadets with developmental feedback, used throughout the year. Cadets learn how to plan and conduct individual and small unit training, as well as basic tactical principles. The course conducts a four-week study of reasoning skills and the military-specified application of these skills in the form of the Army's troop leading procedures. The final four weeks examines officership. This course serves as the first and primary course of the ROTC Advanced Courses. Prerequisites: Student must have MLSC 1201, 1202, 2301, and 2302. Students must also have approval from the Professor of Military Science to take this class. Basic Training or Cadet Initial Entry Training may be used as a substitute for the MLSC prerequisite courses.

MLSC 3302. Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

This course is designed to continue the development of cadets as leaders by presenting instructions in the areas of leadership, interpersonal communications, values and ethics. The leadership module expands on key leadership concepts and provides feedback for cadet leadership self-development efforts. Interpersonal communications lessons address general communication theory as well as written and spoken communication skills. The highlight of the communication module is the opportunity for cadets to present an information briefing and receive feedback from both instructor and fellow students. Prerequisites: Student must have MLSC 1201, 1202, 2301, and 2302. Students must also have approval from the Professor of Military Science to take this class. Basic Training or Cadet Initial Entry Training may be used as a substitute for the MLSC prerequisite courses.

MLSC 4086. Independent Study. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A course open to Military Science students. Topics vary according to student need. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours. Open to students of junior or senior classification. Prerequisite: Approval of the department head.

MLSC 4301. The Army Officer. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

This course concentrates on Army operations and training management, communications and leadership skills and supports the beginning of the final transition from cadet to lieutenant. The course enables cadets to attain knowledge and proficiency in several critical areas needed to operate effectively as an Army officer. These subjects have the added benefit of preparing cadets to lead the cadet battalion throughout the remainder of the year. At the end of this semester, cadets possess the fundamental skills, attributes, and abilities required to operate as competent leaders in the cadet battalion. Prerequisites: Student must have MLSC 1201, 1202, 2301, and 2302. Students must also have approval from the Professor of Military Science to take this class. Basic Training or Cadet Initial Entry Training may be used as a substitute for the MLSC prerequisite courses.

MLSC 4302. Company Grade Leadership. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

The final semester course of the MS IV year trains cadets on Military Law, task organizations, maintenance, supply management, and physical training. Cadets conduct a Capstone Practical Exercise, assuming leadership roles as a lieutenant entering a new unit. The course is designed to prepare transition and groom senior cadets to become Army Officers. Prerequisites: Student must have MLSC 1201, 1202, 2301, and 2302. Students must also have approval from the Professor of Military Science to take this class. Basic Training or Cadet Initial Entry Training may be used as a substitute for the MLSC prerequisite courses.

Lieutenant Colonel Marty Deckard, Department Head & Professor of Military Science
Department of Military Science
Wisdom Gym, Room 108
Box T-0480
Stephenville, Texas 76402
254-968-9595
Fax: 254-968-9596
deckard@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/rotc

Mrs. Pat Wilborn, Administrative Assistant III
Department of Military Science
Wisdom Gym, Room 108
Box T-0480
Stephenville, Texas 76402
254-968-9188
Fax: 254-968-9596
wilborn@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/rotc

Professor of Military Science & Department Head

  • Lieutenant Colonel Deckard, Marty

Assistant of Professors of Military Science

  • Captain Dolberry II, Frank
  • Mr. Silva, Joshua

Senior Military Science Instructor

  • Master Sergeant Garcia, Jimmy

Military Science Instructors

  • Staff Sergeant Johnson, Jason
  • Staff Sergeant Stachura, Sara