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MSL 201 Intermediate Military Science (Innovative Team Leadership)

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Course Overview:

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 (trait and behavior theories). 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 values and attributes through an understanding of Army rank, structure, and 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 Contemporary Operating Environment (CaE). Cadet objectives for MSL 201 include the following:


  • Describe the relationship between leader character and competence
  • Explain the leader attributes and core competencies of the Army Leadership Requirements Model
  • Describe the dynamics of team building and the qualities of successful teams
  • Explain the trait and, behavior leadership theories and their relationship to the Army Leadership Requirements Model.

Personal Development

  • Define the basic elements of time and stress management
  • List the four steps to improving communications skills • Describe three techniques for active listening
  • Describe the types of Army briefings and the elements of an effective briefing
  • Conduct an information briefing in accordance with Army briefing standards.

Values and Ethics

  • Explain the Warrior Ethos
  • List and define the seven Army Values.


  • Explain the importance of being a model citizen as an Army officer
  • React to passing colors, National music, and approaching officers
  • List and explain the principles of war and operations.

Tactics and Techniques

  • Demonstrate map reading and land navigation skills
  • Explain the Army problem solving process and troop leading procedures
  • Describe squad organization and movement techniques
  • Describe fundamentals of offensive and defensive operations and battle drills.