Bronc Batallion: UTPA Department of Military Science - Army ROTC


ROTC 1201: Leadership and Personal Development
ROTC 1201 introduces cadets to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Cadets learn how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management relate to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. The focus is 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 the student. Cadet objectives for ROTC 1201 include the following:
• Describe the relationship between leader character and competence
• Identify the sixteen dimensions of the Army Leadership Model
Personal Development
• Define standards for the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)
• Write short-term and long-term goals to prepare for APFT
• Define the basic elements of time and stress management
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
Tactics and Techniques
• Find on-campus locations by reading a campus map
ROTC 1202: Introduction to Tactical Leadership
ROTC 1202 overviews leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem-solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills. Cadets explore dimensions of leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises. Continued emphasis is placed on recruitment and retention of cadets. Cadre role models and the building of stronger relationships among the cadets through common experience and practical interaction are critical aspects of the ROTC 1202 experience. Cadet objectives for ROTC 1202 include the following:
• Distinguish between leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions
• Illustrate leader influencing, operating, and developing actions
Personal Development
• Develop personal mission statement and goals
• Explain the basic elements of Army communication
Values and Ethics
• Explain how values impact leadership
• Describe the importance of credibility for effective leadership
• Explain the importance of personal development for officership
Tactics and Techniques
• Describe the components of a fire team and squad
• Describe the three individual movement techniques
• Identify symbols and colors on a military map
ROTC 2201: Innovative Team Leadership
ROTC 2201 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 framework. 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 (COE). Cadet objectives for ROTC 2201 include the following:
• Describe the relationship between leader character and competence
• Identify the sixteen dimensions of the Army Leadership 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 framework
Values and Ethics
• Explain the Warrior Ethos
• List and define the seven Army values
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
• 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 nine principles of war
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
ROTC 2202: Foundations of Tactical Leadership
ROTC 2202 examines the challenges of leading tactical teams in the COE. The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. Further study of the theoretical basis of the Army leadership framework explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. ROTC 2202 provides a smooth transition into ROTC 3401. 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 realworld scenarios. Cadet objectives for ROTC 2202 include the following:
• Explain the situational, transformational, and adaptive leadership theories and their relationship to the Army leadership framework
• Describe methods of assessing leadership styles
Personal Development
• Write in accordance with the Army standard for effective writing
• Explain how to set goals and manage time at the team level
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 an operations order, a fragmentary order, and a warning order
• 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
ROTC 3401: Adaptive Tactical Leadership
ROTC 3401 challenges cadets to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with challenging scenarios related to squad tactical operations. Cadets receive systematic and specific feedback on their leadership attributes and actions. Based on such 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 Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). Cadet objectives for ROTC 3401 include the following:
• Explain the Leadership Development Program (LDP) evaluation cycle
• Write a self evaluation of leader actions taken during Leadership Labs
Values and Ethics
• Recognize the Warrior Ethos in historical scenarios
• Embody the Warrior Ethos in Leadership Labs and cadet interactions
Personal Development
• Define standards for the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)
• Write short-term and long-term goals to prepare for APFT
• Describe the dimensions of stress management for Soldiers
• Apply the Army risk management process
Tactics and Techniques
• Apply troop leading procedures to accomplish squad tactical missions
• Apply land navigation and terrain analysis to small unit operations
ROTC 3402: Leadership in Changing Environments
ROTC 3402 uses increasingly intense situational leadership challenges to build cadet awareness and skills in leading small units. Skills in decision-making, persuading and motivating team members when “under fire” are explored, evaluated, and developed. Aspects of military operations are reviewed as a means of preparing for the ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). Cadets are expected to apply basic principles of the Law of Land Warfare, Army training, and motivation to troop leading procedures. Emphasis is also placed on conducting military briefings and developing proficiency in Garrison operation orders. ROTC 3402 cadets are evaluated on what they know and do as leaders. Cadet objectives for ROTC 3402 include the following:
• Explain situational leadership theory and its relevance to platoon leadership
• Summarize several motivational theories and their application to platoon leadership
• Describe the stages of team development outlined in FM 6-22 and elsewhere and their application to molding a platoon into a cohesive, effective team
• List principles of peer leadership and elaborate on the differences between leading subordinates and leading peers
Values and Ethics
• Discuss the meaning of the Warrior Ethos on campus, in the COE, and in civilian life
• Describe the Army’s Consideration of Others program and its importance to the
• Army’s overall mission
• Explain the origin and basics of the Law of War and how it relates to rules of engagement
• Describe the Army’s various branches and their converging roles in the COE
• Explain the difference between stability and support operations, and describe the
• Army’s role in each
• List and explain the nine principles of war and use them to analyze a historical battle
Tactics and Techniques
• Explain how to apply the Army problem solving process to the special challenges of the COE
• Explain the five-paragraph format for issuing Army orders as they apply to garrison operations
• Give a brief history of terrorism and explain the aims, objectives, and tactics of Al Qaeda and its allies
• Describe fundamentals of platoon offensive and defensive operations, including patrolling, cordon and search, reconnaissance, raid, and ambush.
Overview of LDAC: Leader Development and Assessment Course
LDAC/Warrior Forge is the crucible of the Army ROTC Program. As such, Cadet Command must provide the best professional training and evaluation possible for all cadets. The primary focus at LDAC is to evaluate each cadet's officer potential in a collective environment. The secondary purpose of LDAC is to validate specific skills taught on campus and to impart selective individual and collective common skills. LDAC represents the only opportunity for this command to assemble cadets from disparate schools into an environment with common operational conditions.
ROTC 4401: Developing Adaptive Leaders
ROTC 4401 develops cadet proficiency in planning, executing, and assessing complex operations, functioning as a member of a 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. ROTC IV cadets analyze, evaluate, and instruct cadets at lower levels. Both their classroom and battalion leadership experiences are designed to prepare ROTC 4401 cadets for their first unit of assignment. They identify responsibilities of key staff, coordinate staff roles, and use situational opportunities to teach, train, and develop subordinates. Cadet objectives for ROTC 4401 include the following:
• Apply Army leadership dimensions as cadet battalion leaders
• Evaluate fellow cadets using the Leadership Development Program (LDP)
Values and Ethics
• Apply military professional ethics and ethical decision making
• Relate the Law of Land Warfare and rules of engagement to Army operations
Personal Development
• Mentor the personal development of other cadets
• Write and brief effectively
• Plan, conduct, and evaluate all ROTC training and other activities as a member of the battalion staff
• Explain Army personnel management
Tactics and Techniques
• Direct and evaluate leaders of squad and platoon tactical operations
• Use the military decision making process (MDMP)
ROTC 4403 Course: Leadership in a Complex World
ROTC 4403 explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in the 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 nongovernmental organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support. The course places significant emphasis on preparing cadets for their first unit of assignment. It uses 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. Cadet objectives for ROTC 4403 include the following:
• Apply effective leadership skills to all cadet battalion activities.
• Explain the dynamics of the platoon leader-platoon sergeant relationship and how these two work together to command a platoon.
Personal Development
• Deliver a decision briefing.
• Maintain and exceed Army physical fitness standards in preparation for BOLC II.
Values and Ethics
• Describe the Army’s policies and programs regarding equal opportunity, prevention of sexual harassment, and prevention of sexual assault and their importance to the overall mission.
• Explain the Army’s policies on improper relationship and their importance on unit morale and in preserving the chain of command.
• Explain the Department of Defense Joint Ethics Regulation and give examples of conflicts of interest.
• Explain the importance of Army customs and courtesies in building unit cohesion and pride in the organization.
• Describe the concepts and philosophy behind the modular Army and the brigade combat team. • Give a definition of culture and explain why cultural awareness is essential for a leader both in the unit and in the area of deployment.
• Describe the characteristics of terrorism, a typical terrorist profile, and the operational phases of a terrorist action.
• Perform a battle analysis of a historic battle or campaign.
• Explain the different roles and interconnectedness of nongovernmental organizations and host nation agencies in the area of deployment along with the challenges of dealing with civilians on the battlefield.
• Explain the rudiments of the Army’s financial management, supply and maintenance, and personnel systems.
• Describe some of the military and nonmilitary services available to assist Army personnel, with family, financial, and personal issues.
Tactics and Techniques
• Explain the fundamentals of force protection in the COE.
ROTC 3201 Course: Basic Army Physical Development
ROTC 3202 Course: Advanced Army Physical Development



The following programs are available to qualified ROTC participants:

Airborne Training

The US Army Airborne School, located at Fort Benning, Georgia, is available to cadets who are enrolled in the program. The course is three weeks long, consisting of a ground week, tower week and jump week. With each week comes different types of training designed to teach you how to parachute out of airplanes and helicopters. It is an exciting non-stop course that will push you to the limit. AIRBORNE!!!

Air Assault Training

Air Assault training is available at different Army posts across the country. It is a 12-day course that consists of physical training, sling load training, rappelling and a 12-mile timed road march in full combat gear. This is a tough course that will exhaust you both physically and mentally, but in the long run it will be worth every ounce of energy you put into it!

Northern Warfare Training

Northern Warfare training is a three week course taught at the Northern Warfare Training Center in Ft. Greely, Alaska. Students are taught basic mountain climbing and mountaineering skills including rock climbing, mountain walking techniques, basic knots, ice climbing, and route selection. The course culminates in a three day field exercise that takes place on Gulkana Glacier. Students learn the importance of trusting their equipment and build confidence in themselves.  Note: very physically demanding.

Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT)

CTLT increases each cadet's leadership experience. Each cadet is assigned to a platoon leader position and given an opportunity to lead soldiers. It familiarizes cadets with the command, training, administration and logistical functions of active duty units. It also exposes cadets to the on-duty and off-duty environment of the junior officer.


Adventure Training

The ROTC Battalion offers outdoor events and trains leaders during RAPPELLING, CAMPING TRIPS, and MARKSMANSHIP instruction. Cadets RAPPEL down a 40 foot tower using a climbing rope and snap link. CAMPING TRIPS are conducted each semester. Basic MARKSMANSHIP and safety related training helps cadets gain confidence and valuable safety instruction.


Cadets get a chance to test their survival skills and basic combat techniques during PAINTBALL. This is a popular sport which provides a great environment for team building, problem solving and other leadership developing tasks.

Dining-Ins and Military Balls

The transformation from ROTC detachments to cadet battalions is more than a cosmetic change. Each battalion now has the opportunity to forge its own traditions. To solidify this unit cohesion, the Bronc Battalion conducts a dining-in and a military ball annually. At the dining in, the cadre, cadets, alumni, and guests, recount the history and traditions of the battalion and celebrate its unity. At military balls, the wives and friends join the members of the battalion in saluting the battalion and the Army.

Color Guard

A select number of cadets represent the University and Nation at numerous sporting and municipal events.

Ranger Challenge

This is ROTC's Varsity sport, it puts six highly motivated cadets against 22 other University's from Oklahoma, New Mexico and the great state of Texas. Selected cadets participate in seven grueling events which include an Army Physical Fitness Test, Patrolling, Weapons disassembly and assembly, Grenade Assault Course, Land Navigation and the never ending 10K road march with full field gear. Only a select few will be worthy of this challenge. WILL YOU BE ONE?

Bataan Memorial Death March

The Bataan Memorial Death March honors a special group of World War II heroes. These brave soldiers were responsible for the defense of the islands of Luzon, Corregidor and the harbor defense forts of the Philippines.

The conditions they encountered and the aftermath of the battle were unique. They fought in a malaria-infested region, surviving on half or quarter rations with little or no medical help. They fought with outdated equipment and virtually no air power.

On April 9, 1942, tens of thousands of American and Filipino soldiers were surrendered to Japanese forces. The Americans were Army, Army Air Corps, Navy and Marines. Among those seized were members of the 200th Coast Artillery, New Mexico National Guard.

They were marched for days in the scorching heat through the Philippine jungles. Thousands died. Those who survived faced the hardships of a prisoner of war camp. Others were wounded or killed when unmarked enemy ships transporting prisoners of war to Japan were sunk by U.S. air and naval forces.

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Military Science & Leadership
MSL I Foundations of Officership I Introduction to issues and competencies of the Army officer profession. Emphasis on stereotypes about the military, the role of the Army officer, customs and traditions within the military, and personal and physical development. Open to all freshmen and sophomores. 1 lecture.

MSL II Foundations of Officership II
The role of leadership within a large organization. Emphasis on the definition of leadership, leadership framework, individual and organizational core values, and the moral responsibility of leadership. 1 lecture.

MSL III Basic Leadership
The foundation of basic leadership fundamentals such as problem solving, communications, briefings and effective writing, techniques for improving listening and speaking skills, and an introduction to counseling. 1 lecture.

MSL IV Exercises in Military Leadership (CR/NC)
Hands-on instruction on the proper execution of small-unit military operations. Incorporation of the military decision-making process in the planning, execution and conducting of a wide variety of squad, platoon and company sized missions. Credit/No Credit grading only. 1 activity. Prerequisite: Enrollment in any MSL course or consent of department head.

MSL V Orienteering Principles of orienteering, basic map reading and compass skills; course running techniques applied in field orienteering events. Open to all freshmen and sophomores. 1 lecture, 1 activity.

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