Department of Military Science

Professor LTC David S. Reid, Chairperson.

Assistant Professors Capt. Barbour, Maj. Black, and Maj. Kroeger; Instructors SSG Baker, MSG Clinton, and SFC Mudd.

The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program of instruction is designed to prepare university students for commissioning as officers for the active Army, the Army Reserve, and the Army National Guard. This is an integral aspect of our national security since Army ROTC provides over 70 percent of the commissioned officers serving in the Army reserve components and the active Army. It is for this reason that Army ROTC seeks quality men and women who are willing to accept the responsibilities inherent with officership. The training program is designed to teach military skills and to enhance the individual's innate abilities in communications, leadership, and physical aptitude.

The four-year Army ROTC program is divided into the Basic Course (first two years) and the Advanced Course (the last two years). Students, other than scholarship winners, incur no military obligation during the first two years.

Basic Course. Enrollment in the basic course is open to all full-time students at Texas Tech who are US citizens or immigrant aliens. During the first two years, students are trained in military leadership and problem solving techniques which will assist them in their adjustment to the university environment. A tutorial program is also provided to assist ROTC students in making the academic transition to higher education. Wilderness survival skills, including land navigation with a compass and topographic map, weapons marksmanship and safety, first aid, rappelling, and physical conditioning are taught both in the classroom and in outdoor settings. Course content also includes the structure of the Army and its relationship to American society, the customs and courtesies of the Army, leadership, values, and interpersonal communications. Eligible students may be able to test out of basic courses (MILS 1101, 1102, 2201, and 2202) and receive credit for the courses. Eligibility requirements include prior military service, completion of basic camp, or similar qualifications which would illustrate mastering basic skills and content. Consent of the instructor must be obtained prior to attempting to test out of a military science course

Advanced Course. The junior and senior level courses offer an in-depth study of leadership and individual and group behavior. During the junior year the emphasis is on individual and small unit combat tactics, physical training, and basic soldier skills. This culminates with attendance at the Advanced Camp between the junior and senior years. During the senior year, students study ethics and leadership and prepare for becoming a lieutenant. In addition, they participate in planning and executing training for the other cadets. Students are required to develop skills in oral and written communications as well as techniques of instruction.

Military Science Organizations. This department sponsors the local chapter of Scabbard and Blade, the national military honor society. It also sponsors intramural athletic teams and the following organizations:

Ranger Challenge Team. This 6 member team represents the Texas Tech Army ROTC program at competitive meets. The purpose of the Ranger Challenge Team is to test the abilities of the top cadets in small unit competition designed to promote exciting, challenging training and the opportunity to compete with the top cadets from other schools. Team members are selected competitively based on physical fitness, endurance, and proficiency in basic soldier skills.

Ranger Company. Members of the unit are afforded the opportunity to apply leadership and tactics instruction in realistic situations. In addition to weapons and tactics instruction, participation in the unit develops confidence in each member's leadership ability, teamwork, and spirit. Membership is open to all Army ROTC students who meet unit and university standards.

Grey Scouts. The club offers students the opportunity to participate in a self-paced, recreational shooting sports program that recognizes and rewards skill development from a basic performance-level rating Marksman up to a nationally recognized performance-level Distinguished Expert. Membership is open to all interested students.

Color Guard. Students in this organization are trained to proficiency in dismounted drill and ceremonies. Members of the color guard routinely participate in opening ceremonies of sporting and formal events. Membership is open to all Army ROTC cadets who meet membership requirements.

Awards and Recognition. Awards and decorations are presented each semester to Military Science students in recognition of outstanding performance in academics, military science, athletics, and physical training. Awards range from cadet ribbons and certificates to organization decorations and scholarships.

Summer Training.

Basic Camp. Students desiring to enter the Military Science program, who have no prior military service and have only 2 to 2-1/2 years remaining prior to graduation, may choose to attend a five-week ROTC Basic Camp at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Satisfactory completion of this camp satisfies the requirements for the Basic Course. Upon completion of Basic Camp, students may then contract and enter the Advanced Course. Transportation, room and board, and an allowance are paid for the five-week period.

Advanced Camp. All Advanced Course students must complete this five-week camp at Ft. Lewis, Washington, between the junior and senior years or immediately following completion of their senior year. Transportation, room and board, and an allowance are paid for the period. The program of instruction is designed to be the culmination of the military education up through and including the junior year.

Nurses Summer Training Program. Students seeking a BSN and a commission in the Army Nurse Corps attend the regular advanced camp. Students are then assigned to an Army hospital for four weeks. During this time, nursing students work one-on-one with an Army nurse putting into practice the clinical skills learned in college. Students participating in this program can receive college credit from the TTUHSC School of Nursing.

Special Schools. Army ROTC students may apply for summer training in Army Airborne, Air Assault, or Northern Warfare Schools. In addition, junior level students may request assignment to a Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT) position for actual experience training with an active Army unit. CTLT training is normally for 3 weeks; however, a few positions may be available for extended training (5 weeks) overseas.

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). Advanced course students who are eligible to enlist in either an Army Reserve or Army National Guard unit may serve in both ROTC and the reserve component simultaneously. The financial benefits generally exceed $1,000 per month.

Supplemental Course Requirements. Prior to graduation, a student seeking an Army commission must complete three professional military education courses which are in addition to the Military Science classes. These courses may be part of the student's degree plan and include a minimum of one course from each of the following: written or oral communication, military history, and computer literacy.

Field Training Exercises. Field Training Exercises (FTXs) are conducted during one weekend each semester. FTX activities include such things as rappelling, land navigation, marksmanship, and small unit tactics. These weekend activities are optional for Basic Course students but are required for Advanced Course cadets and are intended to reinforce skills learned in the classroom and lab environment.

Courses in Military Science. (MILS)


First Year

1101. Introduction to Military Subjects (1:1:1). Designed to acquaint students with the basic customs, courtesies, and traditions of the Army. Training is introductory in scope and includes leadership, written and oral communications, physical fitness, and general military subjects to include land navigation, rappelling, marksmanship, and weapons safety. Student's role is principally one of becoming a good follower, team member, and peer leader.

1102. Introduction to Military Subjects (1:1:1). Provides practical application of individual tactical techniques and skills. Classroom instruction and field training focuses on applied leadership and management techniques from the Army perspective.

Second Year

2201. A Study of Military Organization and Affairs (2:2:1). Prerequisite: MILS 1101 and 1102 or consent of instructor. Continues development of basic leadership and critical survival skills. Designed to build proficiency and confidence in the student's own leadership abilities. The student's role is principally one of team leader and assistant student instructor. Course places additional emphasis on physical fitness and applied management skills.

2202. Military Traditions and Basic Soldier Skills (2:2:1). Prerequisite: MILS 2201 or equivalent. Intensified leadership training, with emphasis on leadership, ethics, operations and tactics, first aid, general military subjects and physical fitness.

2203. Individual Studies in Military Subjects (2). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Individualized studies of military organization, affairs, traditions, and basic soldier skills.


Third Year

3301. A Study of Senior-Subordinate Relations, Decision Making, and Military Skills (3:3:1). Prerequisite: Lower division Military Science courses or equivalent or consent of department chairperson. The course is designed to prepare the student for a successful military career as a United States Army Officer. It studies proven leadership techniques, examines the Army decision-making and orders process, provides a basic understanding of small unit tactics, and improves the student's understanding of basic soldiering skills. Physical training is conducted three days a week and a field training exercise is conducted to complement the classroom and lab training.

3302. Practical Applications of Military Leadership and Planning (3:3:1). Prerequisite: Lower division Military Science course or equivalent or consent of department chairperson. The course is designed to prepare the student for a successful military career as a United States Army Officer. It expands upon the student's knowledge of small unit tactics, leadership techniques, and basic soldiering skills. The course focuses on the employment of platoon and squad size units and practices the military application of land navigation and basic rifle marksmanship. Physical training is conducted three days a week and a field training exercise is conducted to complement the classroom and lab training.

3303. Individual Studies in Military Leadership and Planning (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Individualized studies of military leadership and planning.

Fourth Year

4301. Military Leadership and Ethics (3:3:1). Prerequisite: MILS 3301 and 3302. Studies military leadership, ethics, and professionalism in depth by seminar, case reviews, and practical applications. Also addresses operational planning, training, and military correspondence.

4302. Professional Military Subjects (3:3:1). Prerequisite: MILS 3301 and 3302. Studies contemporary subjects of interest to the professional officer including U.S. military law and the Army personnel management system. Also covers the Army supply system, financial planning, and the professional and social environment of the military installation.

Leadership Laboratory. All students enrolled in Military Science are required to enroll in the Leadership Lab 501. Students are given the opportunity during lab to practice skills learned in the classroom. Each student is assigned to a specific cadet company within the cadet battalion and is normally advanced in leadership position in accordance with class level and experience. The laboratory location will vary from the classroom to a field training area. Lab training includes such activities as rappelling, rope bridging, poncho rafting, land navigation, and first aid training. With approval of the department chairperson, those students whose schedules conflict with Leadership Lab. 501 may enroll in Leadership Lab. 502.

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