Military Science Classes

Georgia Institute of Technology is the host school for all other partner and affiliate schools. Students attending Emory University and Agnes Scott College must be cross enrolled in military science at Georgia Tech in order to participate in the ROTC program at Georgia Tech. (Yellow Jacket Company) Students attending Kennesaw State University must be enrolled or cross enrolled in military science at Kennesaw State in order to participate in the ROTC program at Georgia Tech. (Owl Company) Both schools ROTC Programs combine to make up the Stinger Battalion.

Participating Colleges:

  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Emory University
  • Agnes Scott College


Some of the courses offered include:

MILS 1021- Leadership & Personal Development

General introduction of cadets to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Cadets learn how the personal development of life skills such as time management, physical fitness, and stress management relate to leadership, Officer-ship, and Army operations. Focus is placed on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army Leadership Dimensions while gaining a big picture understanding of the ROTC program, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for students.

MILS 1022- Introduction to Tactical Leadership

MILS 1022 overviews leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem-solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using elective writing skills. Cadets explore dimensions of leadership values; emphasis is placed on recruitment and retention of cadets. The building of stronger relationships among the cadets through common experiences and practical interaction are critical aspects of the course experience.

MILS 2021- Innovative Team Leadership

MILS 2021 explores the dimensions of creative and innovative leadership, strategies, and styles by examining team dynamics of two historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership framework- 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, 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 (COE).

MILS 2022- Found Tactical Leadership

MILS 2022 examines the challenges of leading tactical teams in the complex contemporary operation environment (COE). The course highlights include dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. The course furthers the study of the theoretical basis of the Army leadership framework and explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. MILS 2022 provides a smooth transition into MILS 3011. 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.

MILS 3011- Adaptive Tactical Leadership

MILS 3011 challenges cadets to study and practice adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with challenging scenarios related to squad tactical operations. Cadets receive systematic and specific 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 Cadet Leadership Course (CLC).

MILS 3012- Leadership Change Environment

MILS 3012 uses increasingly intense situational leadership challenges to build cadet awareness and skills in leading tactical operations up to platoon level. Cadets review aspects of combat, stability, and support operations. They also conduct military briefings and develop proficiency in garrison operation orders. The focus is on exploring, evaluating, and developing skills in decision-making, persuading, and motivating team members in contemporary operation environment (COE). MILS 3012 cadets are evaluated on what they know and do as leaders as they prepare to attend the ROTC Cadet Leadership Course (CLC).

MILS 4011- Developing Adaptive Leadership

MILS 4011 develops cadet proficiency in planning, executing, and assessing complex operations, functioning as a member of staff, and providing performance feedback to subordinates. Cadets assess risk, make ethical decisions, and lead fellow ROTC cadets. Lessons on military justice and personnel processes prepare cadets to make the transition to Army officers. MS IV cadets analyze, evaluate, and instruct cadets at lower levels. Both their classroom and battalion leadership experiences are designed to prepare MS 4011 cadets for their first unit of assignment. They identify responsibilities of key staff roles, and use situational opportunities to teach, train, and develop subordinates.

MILS 4012- Leaders Complex World

MILS 4012 identifies and resolves ethical dilemmas. This course explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in the contemporary operating environment (COE). Cadets examine differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. They also explore aspects of interacting with non-governmental organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host national support. The course places significant emphasis on preparing cadets for their first unit assignment. It can be case studies, scenarios, and “What Now, Lieutenant?” exercises to prepare cadets to face the complex ethical and practical demands of leading as commissioned officers in the United States Army.