The Department of Military Science offers qualified undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to obtain a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army and to serve with the Active Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserves by successfully completing the Reserve Officers Training Corps Program. Those seeking a commission can qualify to earn a minor in military science at Ball State University. All books and supplies are provided free by the Department of Military Science. Scholarships, federal and state tuition assistance, university incentives, and other programs provide qualified students with outstanding financial assistance packages, covering virtually all costs for up to four years of college.
Military Science offers immersive learning experiences focused on preparing future leaders for the United States Army and managers for the corporate environment. Subjects offered in this program include the study of current military doctrine, rappelling, marksmanship, counseling, problem solving, managing resources, military history, and public speaking. Cadets are given opportunities to compete in paintball contests, negotiate through obstacle courses, ride in helicopters, and learn wilderness survival skills. During the summer, cadets may choose to learn how to jump out of airplanes (Airborne), conduct Air Assault Operations (Air Assault), travel to foreign countries to study and lead soldiers currently serving in the US Army, and may compete at the national level for scholarships and other incentives.Scholarships for nursing students are also available. For those nursing students who meet the requirements, a guaranteed seat is available in the baccalaureate nursing program. Military Science students majoring in nursing also have the opportunity to participate in the Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP), a three-week clinical elective. This paid elective is conducted at Army hospitals in the United States and Germany. During NSTP nursing students will receive “hands-on” experience under the direct supervision of preceptors—Army nurse officers. NSTP provides nursing students a preview of the real world of nursing and an opportunity to develop skills needed for the nursing profession.
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101 Introduction to Military Science. (1) Studies the organization, history, and traditions of the United States Army and the characteristics and skills that future leaders will need to develop. Covers military skills such as first aid, rifle marksmanship, and land navigation. Open to all students.102 Introduction to Leadership. (1) Incorporates small group exercises with various military and communication skills to introduce the real world situations that future leaders may face. Includes active participation in discussions and activities. Builds on topics discussed in MIL 101. Open to all students.
201 Leadership/Military Tactics. (2) Examines light infantry tactics. Introduction to squad movement techniques, ambushes, reconnaissance, movement to contact, advanced land navigation, drill and ceremony, first aid, and weapons. Open to all students.
202 Leadership/Team Development. (2) Continued study of tactical leadership development. Focuses on operations orders, communication skills, weapons, map reading, and drill and ceremony. Open to all students.
299X Experimental/Developmental Topics. (1-6) Topics relevant to the discipline. Titles to be announced before each semester. Prerequisite: enrollment in military science; permission of the department chairperson. A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned. Open only to military science minors.301 Military Leadership and Operations 1. (3) Introduction to military planning methodology. Develop oral and written communication skills through an introduction to small unit tactics and operations. Prerequisite: MIL 202; permission of the department chairperson. Open only to minors in military science.302 Military Leadership and Operations 2. (3) Continues the methodology of MIL 301. Analysis of leadership and management problems using military tactics at the squad level. Train on individual skills. Prerequisite: MIL 301; permission of the department chairperson. Open only to minors in military science.355 Land Warfare. (3) Study of land warfare to develop awareness of the military establishment-society relationship, particularly in the United States. Includes evolution of land warfare and progression of military professionalism focusing on army operations, awareness of history and purpose of joint operations, and the role of history in understanding their profession. Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. Open only to minors in military science.401 Leadership Challenges and Goal-Setting. (3) Plan, conduct, and evaluate activities of the ROTC cadet organization. Develop confidence in skills to lead people and manage resources. Develop counseling and motivating techniques. Prerequisite: MIL 302; permission of the department chairperson. Open only to minors in military science.402 Leadership Challenges and Goal-Setting. (3) Continues the methodology of MIL 401. Refine counseling and motivating techniques and prepare for a future as a successful Army lieutenant. Prerequisite: MIL 401; permission of the department chairperson. Open only to minors in military science.499 Independent Study in Military Science. (1-3) An opportunity to investigate a topic of particular interest to the student under the supervision of a faculty member. Extensive reading, research, analysis, and writing. Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. A total of 16 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.
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