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MILITARY SCIENCE (MIL)
Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Landrum, Chair/Professor of Military Science
Major Bobbi Box, Officer-in-Charge/Assistant Professor of Military Science
 
Military Science offers basic and advanced courses that lead to a minor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, participation in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), and/or a commission in the United States Army, the Army National Guard, or the U.S. Army Reserves. Participation in the commissioning portion of the ROTC program is not required for enrollment in military science courses.
 
Minor in Military Science
Any Mercer University student may complete the minor in military science; no military service obligation is required. The military science minor consists of the following courses, totaling 17 hours: MIL 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, and either MIL 401 or an approved course in military history (HIS 250 or equivalent).
 
ROTC Program
The U.S. Army ROTC program, housed in the Department of Military Science, is a four-year program that includes at least 20 hours of coursework and begins in the freshman year. The program is divided into basic (MIL 101, 102, 201, 202) and advanced (MIL 301, 302, 401, 402) courses. ROTC students preparing for commissioning as officers must also complete an approved course in military history (HIS 250) or its equivalent. Cadets who successfully complete the ROTC program with a 2.0 cumulative GPA in required ROTC coursework qualify for the minor in Military Science, if they submit the Declaration of Major/Minor form to the Registrar.
Students who decide to join ROTC after the first semester of their freshman year may complete the program in two years by attending Cadet Initial Entry Training (Basic Camp) at Fort Knox, Kentucky, in the summer between the sophomore and junior years in order to become eligible for enrollment in the required 12 hours of advanced courses (MIL 301, 302, 401, 402). Students who complete the 29-day Basic Camp successfully are awarded 8 hours of academic credit in lieu of MIL 101, 102, 201, and 202.
Students may also receive credit for the basic course by completing Army Basic Training or its equivalent in the other Armed Services, completing two years at a service academy, completing two years of Navy or Air Force ROTC Training, or completing three or four years of JROTC in high school. Students with prior service must have their Joint Services Transcript evaluated by the Registrar before any credit is awarded.
ROTC students may elect to compete for two, three, and four-year U.S. Army scholarships. For more information, see U.S. Army ROTC in the Academic Information section of the catalog.
For contracted cadets, all MIL courses include a weekly Leadership Lab and physical training, plus one three or fourday field training exercise per semester. The Leadership Labs offer hands-on application of course topics, and cadets advance in these labs from basic team-building activities to responsibility for planning and executing exercises to supervisory roles as they progress from course to course.
 
MIL minor
4 year ROTC program
2 year ROTC program
 
Non-Commissioning
and
Commissioning
MIL 101
MIL 101
 
Basic Camp
 
MIL 102
MIL 102
MIL 201
MIL 201
MIL 202
MIL 202
MIL 301
MIL 301
MIL 301
MIL 302
MIL 302
MIL 302
MIL 401 or an approved Military History equivalent
MIL 401
MIL 401
 
MIL 402
MIL 402
Commissioning
 
an approved Military History equivalent
an approved Military History equivalent
 
Basic Courses
MIL 101. Introduction to the Army and Critical Thinking (2 hours)
An introduction to the U.S. Army and what it means to be a professional in the Army. The course emphasizes the critical-thinking skills necessary for leadership and how resilience and fitness support development as an Army leader. Includes Leadership Lab plus optional participation in the physical training program and field training exercises. May not be taken S/U. (Every fall)
MIL 102. Introduction to the Profession of Arms (2 hours)
An introduction to the profession of arms and its associated life skills and personal/professional competencies. Includes goal setting, time and stress management and how they relate to effective leadership. The course emphasizes the development of essential skills required for effective communication. Includes Leadership Lab plus optional participation in the physical training program and field training exercises. Optional Basic Camp follows at the end of the course. May not be taken S/U. (Every spring)
MIL 201. Leadership and Decision Making (2 hours)
Prerequisite: sophomore standing.
An in-depth exploration of decision-making and leadership in the Army, emphasizing critical and creative thinking and the application of established processes to develop innovative solutions to problems. Leadership forums and self-assessment tools are utilized to continue developing a deeper understanding of the Army profession. Includes Leadership Lab plus optional participation in the physical training program and field training exercises. May not be taken S/U. (Every fall)
MIL 202. Army Doctrine and Team Development (2 hours)
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Introduction to Army doctrine and the philosophy of military service. This course explores the legal and ethical framework for Army operations, including the Warrior Ethos and the law of land warfare. Continued leadership development through team-building exercises in small units up to squad level. Includes Leadership Lab plus optional participation in the physical training program and field training exercises. May not be taken S/U. (Every spring)
 
Advanced Courses
MIL 301. Training Management and the Warfighting Functions (3 hours)
Prerequisite: MIL 202 or Basic Camp or prior service.
Introduction to the fundamentals of Training Management and the Army Warfighting Functions. This course provides the foundation and tools required to plan, prepare and execute training for small-unit operations. Includes Leadership Lab plus optional participation in the physical training program and field training exercises. May not be taken S/U. (Every fall)
MIL 302. Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations (3 hours)
Prerequisite: MIL 301.
The study and application of direct-level leadership and small-unit tactics at the platoon level. Students will develop the capability to plan, coordinate, navigate, motivate, and lead a platoon in mission execution. This course is in preparation for ROTC Advanced Camp in the summer at Ft. Knox, KY (contracted Cadets only). Includes Leadership Lab plus optional participation in the physical training program and field training exercises. May not be taken S/U. (Every spring)
MIL 401. The Army Officer (3 hours)
Prerequisite: MIL 302.
An extensive exploration of the development of the Army Officer with an emphasis on the knowledge and skills required for training and leading platoon-sized formations. This course includes resources for working with and developing subordinate leaders as well as the ethical and legal responsibilities inherent in conducting operations and training as company-grade and field-grade officers. Includes Leadership Lab plus optional participation in the physical training program and field training exercises. May not be taken S/U. (Every fall)
MIL 402. Transition to Lieutenant (3 hours)
Prerequisites: MIL 302 and status as a contracted Cadet.
An examination of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of junior military officers. This course also highlights the doctrinal foundations of Army operations, including Unified Land Operations, Army Warfighting Functions, and Mission Command. Mandatory requirement for commissioning. Includes Leadership Lab plus participation in the physical training program and field training exercises. May not be taken S/U. (Every spring)Every spring)
 
Additional Courses
MIL 451. Advanced Theory of Military Leadership I (1 hour)
Prerequisite: MIL 402.
An independent study of military leadership at senior level echelons and the development of the US Army from its primitive origin to the present. Available only to MS V cadets who continue to receive ROTC scholarship after the completion of the advanced course. (Occasionally)
MIL 452. Advanced Theory of Military Leadership II (1 hour)
Prerequisite: MIL 451.
An independent study to define the role of the military in the year 2030, including research on the likely missions the U.S. military will confront. Available only to MS V cadets who continue to receive ROTC scholarship after the completion of the advanced course. (Occasionally)