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Department of Military Science (Army ROTC)

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Leadership Science Minor
Basic CourseAdvanced Course
Scholarship Program
Army ROTC Course Descriptions
Air Force ROTC

General Military Course

Professional Officer Course
Field Training
Special Activities
Admission Requirements
Air Force ROTC Course Descriptions

Florida A & M University maintains a senior division unit of the Reserve Officer Training Corps. The purpose is to develop men and women for positions of responsibility as officers in the U. S. Army, active and reserve components.

Basic Military Instruction
- This component prepares a student for the advanced course. The basic course consists of freshman (MS I) and sophomore (MS II) level courses designed to develop basic military skills and fundamentals of leadership.

For students not taking military science during their freshman year, both MS I and MS II courses may be attended simultaneously as designated compression students. Upon completion, these students will qualify for the advanced course in one academic year. Students must maintain academic alignment (i.e., all ROTC MS III third year cadets should have junior class status).

Advanced Course and Leaders Development Assessment Course (LDAC)-The advanced course is designed to prepare students for commissioning as Army officers. The third year course (MS III) consists of individual skills development in preparation for the 32 days leadership development assessment course (LDAC). The final year (MS IV) consists of professional leadership and management development and completes pre-commissioning preparation. All advanced course participants are eligible to receive a minimum of $450 per month stipend and are paid for their 32 days LDAC. Successful LDAC completion, combined with the bachelor’s degree, qualifies the student for commissioning as second lieutenants in the U. S. Army. Army Reserve, or Army National Guard.

Furnished Items-All uniforms, textbooks and equipment for the ROTC courses are furnished by the Army.

Commissions-Students who receive commissions will serve as officers either on active duty or in the reserve or National Guard. Officers serving full-time on active duty will receive a reserve commission. All reservists receive United States reserve commissions.

Leadership Science Minor - Upon completion of the eight-semester, four-year program, a student may be awarded a minor in Military Science. The student must complete MSL 4301 and MSL 4302 with a minimum grade of “C” and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in Military Science. Exceptions or substitutions of courses will be recommended by the PMS and approved by the dean, College of Arts and Sciences. Requests for awarding the minor in military science should be made in writing to the PMS.

Professors: LTC Jeffrey N. Williams
Associate Professors: Major Andreas Taylor, Captain Michael Middleton, Captain Okera Anyabwile, Captain (Ret.) Thomas Dye, MSG Terrance Milton, MSG Thomas Myers

Basic Course
Freshman Year Sem. Hrs.
MSL 1001 Foundation of Officership2
MSL 1002 Basic Leadership2
MSL 1001L Leadership Lab (fall semester)0
MSL 1002L Basic Leadership Lab (spring semester)0

Sophomore yearSem. Hrs.
MSL 2101 Individual Leadership Studies2
MSL 2102 Leadership and Teamwork2
MSL 1001L Leadership Lab (fall semester)0
MSL 1002L Basic Leadership Lab (spring semester)0

Advanced Course
Junior YearSem. Hrs.
MSL 3201 Leadership and Problem Solving3
MSL 3202 Leadership and Ethics3
MSL 3201L Leadership and Problem Solving Lab (fall semester)1
MSL 3202L Leadership and Ethics Lab (spring semester)1
*MSL 4400 U.S. Military History3

Senior YearSem. Hrs.
MSL 4301 Leadership and Management 3
MSL 4302 Officership3
MSL 4301L Leadership and Management (fall semester)1
MSL 4302L Officership Lab (spring semester)1

* Must complete prior to commissioning (PME requirements)

Scholarship Program
- The Army ROTC Scholarship Program is designed to offer financial assistance to outstanding young men and women interested in serving as officers in the United States Army, Army Reserve or National Guard. One and a half through four-year scholarships are available. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. The selection process, which begins in the fall of each year, considers the student’s scholastic standing, standardize test score(s), leadership and athletics.

Scholarships offer free tuition, academic expenses, laboratory fees, textbooks and materials, and a monthly stipend (10 months of the school year). Applications for four-year scholarships must be submitted no later than the 15th of November,  during the senior year of high school. Three-year scholarships are processed at the college level and are submitted no later than the 15th of November. For further information, contact the Professor of Military Science, Army ROTC, Howard Hall.

MSL 1001 Foundations of Officership (1) Examines the unique duties and responsibilities of officers, organization and role of the Army, reviews skills pertaining to fitness and communication, analyzes Army values and expected ethical behavior.
MSL 1002 Basic Leadership (2) Presents fundamental leadership concepts and doctrines, practices basic skills that underline effective problem solving, examine the officer experience.
MSL Leadership Labs (0-1) Required for all levels of ROTC. Lab provides an opportunity for practical exercise in the subjects and topics taught in ROTC classes. The goal is to develop and enhance leadership skills applicable to both the military and corporate communities.
MSL 1900 Fundamentals of Marksmanship (1) Develops hands on knowledge of safe operations of rifles and fire arms. Uses computer generated simulations to safely use a rifle to qualify with critical thinking scenarios.
MSL 2101 Individual Leadership Studies (2) Develops knowledge of self, builds self-confidence, and individual leadership skills, develops problem solving and critical thinking skills, applies communication, feedback, and conflict resolution skills.
MSL 2102 Leadership and Teamwork (2) Focuses on self-development guided by knowledge of self and group processes; challenges current beliefs, knowledge, and skills.
MSL 3201 Leadership and Problem Solving (3) Examines skills that underline effective problem solving, analyzes military missions, plans military operations, and executes squad battle drill.
MSL 3202 Leadership and Ethics (3) Probes leader responsibilities that foster an ethical command climate, develops cadet leadership competencies, and applies principles and techniques of effective written and oral communication.
MSL 4301 Leadership and Management (3) Discusses staff organization, functions, and processes; analyzes counseling responsibilities and methods, and applies leadership and problem solving principles to a complex case study.
MSL 4302 Officership (3) Capstone course to explore topics relevant to second lieutenants entering the Army, describes legal aspects of decision making and leadership and analyzes Army organization from tactical to strategic level.
MSL 4400 US Military History (3) Examines the military heritage of the United States from colonial wars to the present; focuses on the operational and strategic level of warfare.
MSL 4901 Directed Reading-Individual Studies (1-4) Supervised reading and independent study in the United States Military History and writing requirements. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Air Force ROTC

The Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) program is available to men and women at FAMU through the FAMU-FSU Cooperative Program.  The program is conducted by the Department of Aerospace Studies at The Florida State University.  Concurrently with earning a baccalaureate or graduate degree, the program culminates in a commission as an active duty United States Air Force Second Lieutenant.  Cadets in the program attend one weekly academic course, a weekly leadership laboratory, and twice weekly physical fitness sessions each semester.  Scholarships paying full FAMU tuition and fees, allowances for textbooks, and a monthly stipend from $250 to $400 are available on a competitive basis.   Four-year scholarships must be applied for by December 1st in the year prior to enrollment as a freshman. Four year scholarship recipients may also receive room and board funds from FAMU.  Other scholarships are available to competitively-selected cadets after enrolling in the AFROTC program.  AFROTC graduates incur an obligated active duty tour of four years for nonflyers, eight years for navigators, and ten years for pilots.

The department offers four-year, two-year, and one-year programs, each with its own requirements and advantages. The four-year program provides on-campus study during the freshman through senior years.  The two-year program allows a limited number of transfer and other high-quality students with two or more academic years remaining, either in undergraduate or graduate status, to obtain an Air Force commission. The one-year college program is very limited, designed for students who meet particularly critical needs of the Air Force. The aerospace studies curriculum is divided into two phases.

General Military Course - The first two years of the program (GMC) are open to any student at FAMU by registering for AFR 1101/02 (Freshman) or AFR 2130/40 (Sophomore) as well as AFR 2233L through the interinstitutional registration procedures. All courses are held on the FSU campus.  No commitment for military service is required, and students can learn about the Air Force while deciding if they want to pursue a commission. Uniforms and textbooks are provided free of charge.  The courses deal with Air Force structure and the development of air power. They strengthen interest in becoming a professional Air Force officer, develop knowledge of world military forces, and enable the student to understand how the U.S. Air Force supports national objectives and policies. Class enrollment size is limited, and priority will be given to FAMU/FSU/TCC students enrolled in the AFROTC program.

Professional Officer Course - Admission to the final two years of AFROTC (POC) is on a competitive basis and requires full-time attendance at FAMU. Completion of the POC and receipt of a college degree result in a commission and entry onto active duty as a U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant. Application for the POC must be made by the end of the sophomore year.  The coursework is designed to prepare college students to serve as active duty Air Force officers. The curriculum stresses national security in contemporary American society, leadership, management, communicative skills and professionalism.

Field Training - During the summer prior to entering the POC, or by exception during the summer following entry to the POC, cadets attend a four or six week field training course.  This course is conducted at an active Air Force base and includes physical conditioning, military academics, career training, leadership training and evaluation.  Students attending these courses receive pay for the encampment plus travel allowances.

Special Activities - Special activities provide for  development of teamwork and esprit de corps. Included are the  national honorary organizations Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings, and the FSU/FAMU/TCC AFROTC Silver Eagles Drill Team, an armed precision drill unit.  Cadets who desire to fly can participate in a flying program with the Florida Civil Air Patrol. Cadets may also participate in various summer incentive programs, including parachute freefall, survival training, flight orientation, and Air Force base orientation visits. 

Admission Requirements - To compete for entry into the POC or to compete for a scholarship, applicants must pass the following minimum admission requirements. 
1.     Pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test
2.     Pass a military physical examination
3.     Pass the three-event physical fitness test
4.     Pass height/weight standards
5.     Have a 2.5 GPA or higher
Cadets who are evaluating the program without any obligation or commitment must obtain a certified sports medical physical in order to participate in the weekly leadership laboratory and the twice weekly physical fitness sessions. 
Full details on this program may be obtained by contacting the Department of Aerospace Studies (AFROTC) located on the FSU campus in the Harpe-Johnson Hall, Room 212; telephone (850) 644-3461,  or visit their  website at www.fsu.edu/~rotc.

AFR 1101 Foundations of the USAF I (1).  A study of Air Force structure, traditions, customs and courtesies, and team building.
AFR 1102 Foundations of the USAF II (1). A continuation of AFR 1101.
AFR 2130 Development of Airpower I (1).  A study of the history and evolution of airpower,  concepts and doctrine.
AFR 2140 Development of Airpower II (1). A continuation of AFR 2130.
AFR 3201 Air Force Management (3).  This course instructs general managerial and leadership concepts and theories and relates them to the Air Force junior officer.
AFR 3202 Air Force Junior Officer Leadership (3). A continuation of the study of leadership  begun in AFR 3201.
AFR 4211 U.S. Defense Policy and Strategy Formulation (3). An examination of the need for national security, analysis of the evolution and formulation of American defense strategy and policy, the methods for managing conflicts, and fundamentals of US Air Force officer duty.
AFR 4212 Preparation for Active Duty (3).  A continuation of AFR 4211.
AFR 2233L AFROTC Leadership Lab (0). (S/U grade only)  A core requisite with all AFR courses.  It is the application of personal leadership skills, demonstration of command, effective communication, individual leadership instruction, physical fitness training, and knowledge of US Air Force customs and courtesies.