MILS Classes and Requirments

  • Attendance Policy

    1. It is every Cadet’s responsibility to make up any assignments and /or tests that may be missed due to participation in ROTC training.  Cadet’s must plan ahead in order to balance the rigors of Carson-Newman Academics and ROTC Training.  Studying for an upcoming test will not be an approved reason to be absent from scheduled ROTC training, labs or classes.

    2. Ensure that you contact your professor prior to missing academic class for any ROTC training events including labs, FTXs, Ranger Challenge, etc.  Failure to make prior arrangements could reflect on your grade. The ROTC program recognizes the rigorous academic course load of the Nursing students. Because of their demanding class schedule the ROTC works closely with the C-N Nursing staff to ensure maximum flexibility for our nurses.” If you have questions about studying Nursing and being in ROTC, just contact the program for details.  

    3.  ROTC class attendance is mandatory and part of your academic grade.  No student will receive credit for any course in which he or she fails to meet the University’s required attendance standard.  The following is the breakdown for unexcused absences of all Military Science (MS) Classes.

    Tuesday/Thursday MS Classes:

    1 Unexcused Absence: Drop 1 Letter Grade

    2 Unexcused Absences: Drop 2 Letter Grades

    3 Unexcused Absences: Automatic F


    Monday/Wednesday/Friday MS Classes:

    2 Unexcused Absences: Drop 1 Letter Grade

    4 Unexcused Absences: Drop 2 Letter Grades

    5 Unexcused Absences: Automatic F

    Students are expected to coordinate with the instructor prior to any absence if possible.  Excused absences include, but are not limited to, personal and family emergencies, inclement weather conditions, bona fide medical needs, and official approved representation of the college such as athletics, student congress and assessment testing.  Absences for any other reason will be considered unexcused.

    4.  Physical Training, Labs, and Field Training Exercises are mandatory for all contracted Cadets and Cadets receiving any type of ROTC scholarship.  All Cadets required to attend any of these events are expected to coordinate with the Cadre and Cadet Chain of Command prior to any absence. 


  • MS I

    MILS 101: Introduction to ROTC and Military Leadership I           

    Introduces you to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership and the structure of the ROTC basic courses.  You will learn how the personal development of life skills such as cultural understanding, goal setting, time management, mental/physical resiliency, and stress management relate to leadership, officership, and the Army profession.  The focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army leadership dimensions, attributes and core leader competencies while gaining an understanding of the ROTC program, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for the student.

  • MS II

    MSL 201: Innovative Team Leadership

    MSL 201 explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and two historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership requirements model. Cadets practice aspects of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing, and assessing team exercises and participating in leadership labs. Focus is on continued development of the knowledge of leadership attributes and core leader competencies through an understanding of Army rank, structure, duties and basic aspects of land navigation and squad tactics. Case studies provide tangible context for learning the Soldier’s Creed and Warrior Ethos as they apply in the operational environment (OE).

  • MS III

    MSL 301: Adaptive Team Leadership

    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).

  • MS IV

    MSL 401: Adaptive Leadership

    MSL 401 transitions the focus of student learning from being trained, mentored and evaluated as an MSL III Cadet to learning how to train, mentor and evaluate underclass Cadets. MSL IV Cadets learn the duties and responsibilities of an Army staff officer and apply the Military Decision Making Process, Army Writing Style, and the Army’s Training Management and METL Development processes during weekly Training Meetings to plan, execute and assess battalion training events. Cadets learn to safely conduct training by understanding and employing the Composite Risk Management Process. Cadets learn how to use the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) program to reduce and manage stress.


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Carson-Newman University Army ROTC
706 Ken Sparks Way
Baker Building, 1st Floor
P 865.471.3380