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MS 4304

Mission Command and the Contemporary Grade Officer

Three semester hours.

This course explores the dynamics of leading in complex situations during Unified Land Operations I, II, and III. Students will examine the Art of Command and how to properly communicate with NCOs and Soldiers during Taking Charge 1, 2 and 3, and Developing Others (counseling). During Cultural Awareness and Cultural Property Protection (CPP), students will discuss numerous situations of how ethical decisions impact personnel and the unit mission. Through the understanding of roles and responsibilities, students will learn how Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF), Being Ready and Resilient (R2C), and Individual and Family Readiness can assist them in preparing Soldiers and their Families 1n reducing and managing stress during times of uncertainty. The course places significant emphasis on preparing students for BOLC B and their first unit of assignment. It uses mission command case studies and scenarios to prepare students to face the complex ethical demands of serving as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. Students will:

  • Identify the leader’s roles and responsibilities for enforcing Army policies and programs.
  • Explore the dynamics of building a team prepared to handle any future operational environment and win.
  • Examine the importance of understanding culture and how it can affect a unit and its mission.
  • Develop both oral and written communication skills by conducting a battle analysis and decision brief.

Corequisite: MS 4004.

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