All ROTC candidates must complete some form of introductory training before proceeding to upper-level ROTC courses and an assignment as a commissioned officer. Introductory-level training may be satisfied by meeting one of the following four requirements prior to the beginning of the student's junior year:

  • Successful completion of a three-year Junior ROTC training program while in high school;
  • Successful completion of the introductory-level ROTC college courses offered at GGC;
  • Successful completion of a Basic Training, Advanced Individual Training (AIT) or other Army-approved training program;
  • Successful completion of a four-week intensive ROTC training program.

Introductory-level ROTC courses

The following eight courses in military science and leadership may be taken by any GGC student, regardless of academic major or ROTC status, during the freshman and sophomore years. Students will earn general elective or physical education credits for the successful completion of these courses.

MSL 1010 – Leadership and Personal Development  (2 credit hours)

Introduces students to issues and competencies that are central to a commissioned officer’s responsibilities. Established framework for understanding officership, leadership and Army values followed by "life skills" such as physical fitness and time management.

MSL 1010L – Leadership and Personal Development I Lab (1 credit hour)

Introduction to the fundamental components of service as an officer in the Army. Overview of the purpose and scope of Army ROTC with emphasis on the role of today’s Army, officership, leadership and values. Basic skills include rappelling, familiarization with military weapons and unit organization. 

MSL 1020 – Leadership and Personal Development II (2 credit hours)

Establishes the foundation of basic leadership such as problem-solving, communications, briefings and effective writing, goal-setting, techniques for improving listening and speaking skills, and an introduction to counseling.

MSL 1020L – Leadership and Personal Development II Lab (1 credit hour)

Establishes the foundation of basic leadership such as problem-solving, communications, briefings and effective writing, goal-setting, techniques for improving listening and speaking skills, and an introduction to counseling.

MSL 2010 – Foundations of Leadership (2 credit hours)

Students identify successful leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership framework. Students also study historical case studies and engage in interactive exercises. Students practice aspects of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing, and assessing team exercises.

MSL 2010L – Foundations of Leadership Lab  (1 credit hour)

Students examine how to build successful teams, various methods for influencing action, effective communication in setting and achieving goals, the importance of timing the decision, creativity in the problem solving process, and obtaining team buy in through immediate feedback.

MSL 2020 – Foundations of Tactical Leadership (2 credit hours)

In this class students examine the challenges of leading tactical teams in the complex contemporary operating environment (COE). This course highlights the dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. It includes further study of the theoretical basis of the Army Leadership Requirement Model; explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. The course provides a smooth transition into MSL 3010. 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. This course has a co-requisite: MSL2020L.

MSL 2020L – Foundations of Tactical Leadership Lab (1 credit hour)

Students examine how to build successful teams, various methods for influencing action, effective communication in setting and achieving goals, the importance of timing the decision, creativity in the problem solving process, and obtaining team buy in through immediate feedback. This course has a co-requisite: MSL 2020.

Upper-level ROTC courses

The following upper-level ROTC classes are reserved exclusively for juniors and seniors who have completed certain introductory-level ROTC courses (or their equivalent) and who have made a commitment to complete the entire ROTC program. For those ROTC students who are pursuing an academic degree in Leadership, these courses may be applied to the fulfillment of that concentration. For more information about these classes and their prerequisites, see the GGC Course Catalog.

MSL 3010 – Adaptive Team Leadership (3 credit hours)

Students conduct self-assessment of leadership style, develop personal fitness regimen, and learn to plan and conduct individual/small unit tactical training while testing reasoning and problem solving techniques. Students receive direct feedback on leadership abilities. 

MSL 3010L – Adaptive Team Leadership Lab (1 credit hour)

Students conduct self-assessment of leadership style, develop personal fitness regimen, and learn to plan and conduct individual/small unit tactical training while testing reasoning and problem solving techniques. Students receive direct feedback on leadership abilities.

MSL 3020 – Applied Team Leadership (3 credit hours)

Examines the role communications, values, and ethics play in effective leadership. Topics include ethical decision-making, consideration of others, spirituality in the military, and survey Army leadership doctrine. Emphasis on improving oral and written communication abilities.

MSL 3020L – Applied Team Leadership Lab (1 credit hour)

Examines the role communications, values, and ethics play in effective leadership. Topics include ethical decision-making, consideration of others, spirituality in the military, and survey Army leadership doctrine. Emphasis on improving oral and written communication abilities.

MSL 4010 – Adaptive Leadership (3 credit hours)

Develops student proficiency in planning and executing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff, and mentoring subordinates. Students explore training management, methods of effective staff collaboration, and developmental counseling techniques.

MSL 4010L – Seminar in Leadership and Management I Lab (1credit hour)

Develops student proficiency in planning and executing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff, and mentoring subordinates. Students explore training management, methods of effective staff collaboration, and developmental counseling techniques. MSL 4010L is mandatory for all students enrolled in MSL 4010 and is offered fall semester each year.

MSL 4020 – Leadership in a Complex World (3 credit hours)

This class includes case-study analysis of military law and practical exercises in establishing an ethical command climate. Students must complete a semester-long Senior Leadership Project that requires them to plan, organize, collaborate, analyze and demonstrate their leadership skills.

MSL 4020L – Leadership in a Complex World Lab (1 credit hour) 

This lab includes case-study analysis of military law and practical exercises in establishing an ethical command climate. Students must complete a semester-long Senior Leadership Project that requires them to plan, organize, collaborate, analyze and demonstrate their leadership.