Areas of Study

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TCU offers four-year, three-year and two-year programs. Each program includes the option for qualified students to benefit from a tuition and fees scholarship, and TCU offers room and board grants for qualified ROTC scholarship winners.


Four-year Program

The four-year program is divided into two portions, each consisting of four classes normally taken in sequence. The first is the basic course, which is usually completed during the freshman and sophomore years. The second portion is the advanced course; it is normally completed during the junior and senior years. To enroll in the advanced course, students must:

  • Complete the basic course (or be given equivalent credit by the professor of military science)
  • Be of good moral character
  • Have a minimum of two years remaining as a full-time student
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Be physically qualified

A paid and highly adventurous four-week training session between the junior and senior years is a critical part of the advanced course. All advanced course students receive a monthly cash allowance while participating full-time in on-campus instruction. This allowance can be collected up to 10 months each year.


Two-year Program

The two-year program is designed for students who either transfer into TCU or begin pursuing a commission in the fall of their junior year. It includes a paid four-week summer training session between the sophomore and junior years and the advanced course described under the four-year program. Application for the two-year program is normally made during the second semester of the sophomore year. However, the two-year program is also open to juniors and seniors planning to attend graduate school. The monthly cash allowance for students in the two-year program is the same as for other students in the advanced course. Numerous full tuition and fees scholarships are available for qualified two-year program applicants.

Course Catalog


MILS 10041 – Introduction to Leadership I

Fall. One class per week. A progressive overview of the U.S. Army to include its history, its organization, its customs and courtesies, its strategic mission, dynamic structure, and methods of tactical deployment. This class is a bridge from a civilian lifestyle to a military lifestyle. Students start on the road to leadership, personal development, and physical training. Eligible students have the opportunity to be considered for scholarship consideration. Prerequisites: None

MILS 10081 – Introduction to Leadership II

Spring. One class per week. Fundamentals of basic tactics to include movement techniques, battle drill/assault techniques, squad tactical control measures, land navigation, and first-aid training. Designed to give the student an initial level of tactical proficiency and a degree of leadership training. Eligible students have the opportunity to be considered for scholarship consideration. Prerequisites: None

MILS 20042 Basic Leadership I

One class per week. Challenges the student to become tactically and technically proficient. Students study the military element of power, learn and practice first aid, use light infantry tactics, and gain a fundamental knowledge of map reading. The focus continues to build on developing knowledge of the leadership attributes and core leader competencies through the understanding of Army rank, structure, and duties as well as broadening knowledge of land navigation and squad tactics. Case studies will provide a tangible context for learning the Soldier’s Creed and Warrior Ethos. Prerequisite: Concurrent or past enrollment in MILS 10041 or permission of the department chair.

MILS 20092 Basic Leadership II

One class per week. This course prepares students to be positive and assertive leaders and conduct instruction through the study and application of basic military leadership principles. Includes leadership assessment training and student classroom presentations. Cadets develop greater self-awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team building skills. Case studies give insight into the importance and practice of teamwork and tactics in real-world scenarios. Prerequisite: Concurrent or past enrollment in MILS 10041 Introduction to Military Science or permission of the department chair.

MILS 30053 Intermediate Leadership I

One class per week. Students learn effective counseling, writing and human relation skills necessary to positively influence human behavior. Students develop confidence and leadership experience in addition to land navigation skills and tactical proficiency. Students encounter group participation opportunities and exposure to multiple leadership situations. Prerequisite: Basic Course or equivalent credit.

MILS 30063 Intermediate Leadership II

One class per week. An analysis of the leader’s role in directing and coordinating the efforts of individuals and organizations. This professional block of instruction allows leadership opportunity and analysis in dynamic situations. Students practice and learn the necessary skills to take charge when responsible as well as control and positively influence personnel under stressful situations. Additional professional skills are also taught. Prerequisite.

Completion of MILS 30053
Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC)

The Leader Development and Assessment Course is the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s capstone training and assessment exercise held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington each summer. This course is required for all Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets to become Army officers and is attended after completion of the MILS 30063 course.

MILS 40053 Advanced Leadership I

One Class per week. This course is a continuation of the building block approach starting with the skills mastered in MS I, II and III. It further develops the leadership skills necessary for success as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army focused on four developmental blocks: Leadership, Values and Ethics, Officership, and Tactics and Techniques. The outcome of the course prepares our senior cadets transition from college student to commissioned officer by allowing them to lead the cadet battalion.

MILS 40063 Advanced Leadership II

One Class per week. The final semester focuses on completing the transition from cadet to lieutenant. The semester covers the four developmental blocks in MILS40053 and includes instruction on many important specific military topics, including: ethics; military law; leadership in combat; basics of personnel, supply, and maintenance and what to expect as a 2LT, to include common mistakes and career choices. The outcome of this course are cadets transitioned to Army Officers with the following leader attributes: critical thinking and problem solving, agility and adaptability, initiative, and effective oral and written communication.

MILS 10001 Leadership Lab

This course facilitates the development of leadership skills while giving practical experience in military skills. Areas of emphasis include, squad level tactics, first aid, land navigation and drill and ceremonies. Advanced Course cadets conduct the training and lead the cadet battalion under cadre supervision. A weekend field training exercise and weekly physical fitness training are included in the course.