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 Overview of MSL 301: Adaptive Team Leadership - Syllabus

MSL 301 challenges cadets to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with challenging scenarios related to squad tactical operations. Cadets receive systematic and specific feedback on their leadership attributes and core leader competencies. Based on such feedback, as well as their own self-evaluations, cadets continue to develop their leadership and critical thinking abilities. The focus is developing cadets’ tactical leadership abilities to enable them to succeed at ROTC’s summer Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). Cadet objectives for MSL 301 include the following:


Explain the Leadership Development Program (LDP) evaluation cycle

 Write a self evaluation of leader actions taken during Leadership Labs


Values and Ethics

Recognize the Warrior Ethos in historical scenarios 

Embody the Warrior Ethos in Leadership Labs and cadet interactions


Personal Development  

Define standards for the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) 

Write short-term and long-term goals to prepare for APFT                 

Describe the dimensions of stress management for Soldiers



Apply the Army composite risk management process


Tactics and Techniques                  

Apply troop leading procedures to accomplish squad tactical missions 

Apply land navigation and terrain analysis to small unit operations


Overview of MSL 302: Applied Team Leadership - Syllabus

MSL 302 uses increasingly intense situational leadership challenges to build cadet awareness and skills in leading small units. Skills in decision-making, persuading and motivating team members when “under fire” are explored, evaluated, and developed. Aspects of military operations are reviewed as a means of preparing for the ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). Cadets are expected to apply basic principles of the Law of Land Warfare, Army training, and motivation to troop leading procedures. Emphasis is also placed on conducting military briefings and developing proficiency in Garrison operation orders. MSL 302 cadets are evaluated on what they know and do as leaders. Cadet objectives for MSL 302 include the following:



Explain situational leadership theory and its relevance to platoon leadership

Summarize several motivational theories and their application to platoon leadership                 

Describe the stages of team development outlined in FM 6-22 and elsewhere and their 

pplication to molding a platoon into a cohesive, effective team 

List principles of peer leadership and elaborate on the differences between leading subordinates and leading peers


Values and Ethics  

Discuss the meaning of the Warrior Ethos on campus, in the OE, and in civilian life 

Describe the Army’s Consideration of Others program and its importance to the 

Army’s overall mission 

Explain the origin and basics of the Law of War and how it relates to rules of engagement



Describe the Army’s various branches and their converging roles in the OE 

Explain the difference between stability operations and civil support operations and 

describe the Army’s role in each 

List and explain the principles of war and use them to analyze a historical battle


Tactics and Techniques                  

Explain how to apply the Army problem solving process to the special challenges of the OE 

Explain the five-paragraph format for issuing Army orders as they apply to garrison operations                 

Give a brief history of terrorism and explain the aims, objectives, and tactics of Al Qaeda and its allies 

Describe fundamentals of platoon offensive and defensive operations, including patrolling, cordon and search, reconnaissance, raid, and ambush.

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