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MSL 202 Intermediate Military Science (Foundations of Tactical Leadership)

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Course Overview:

MSL 202 examines the challenges of leading tactical teams in the complex COE. The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. Further study of the theoretical basis of the Army Leadership Requirements Model explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the .context of military operations. MSL 202 provides a smooth transition into MSL 301. Cadets develop greater self-awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team-building skills. COE case studies give insight into the importance and practice of teamwork and tactics in real-world scenarios. Cadet objectives for MSL 202 include the following:


  • Explain the situational, transformational, and adaptive leadership theories and their relationship to the Army Leadership Requirements Model
  • Describe methods of assessing leadership styles.

Personal Development

  • Define standards for the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT).
  • Write short-term and long-term goals to prepare for APFT.
  • Define tht basic elements of time and stress management.

Values and Ethics

  • Explain the Army Values and the Army's Consideration of Others program


  • Describe the history of terrorism and basic US antiterrorism policy.

Tactics and Techniques

  • Distinguish between the different types of Army plans and orders
  • Demonstrate terrain analysis and route planning skills
  • Explain the five-paragraph format for an operations order
  • Describe the characteristics and techniques of defensive operations
  • Explain how squads and platoons plan for and conduct patrols.