Military Science & Training (MST)
The West Point Core Military Science Program consists of three 40 lesson courses that prepare our cadets for tactical leadership. The program is outcome-based and teaches sound decision-making under pressure.
Cadets initially learn fundamental tactical skills and then progress to solving highly complex tactical dilemmas that require them to apply their knowledge and common sense in finding solutions. Instructors emphasize the principles that underlie U.S. Army Doctrine while avoiding reliance on checklists, set processes and “approved solutions.” Our focus is on creative thinking, guided by the higher Commander’s Intent and an adherence to the Rules of Engagement and the Law of War. The curriculum is designed to strengthen cadet character and adaptability.
By employing a variety of teaching techniques that include heavy use of Tactical Decision-Making Games, simulation exercises, and open discussions, the Military Science Core Program builds the skills and nurtures the attributes and qualities of character that are essential for Army Officers on today’s complex battlefields.
- MS 100 Introduction to War-Fighting
- MS 200 Fundamentals of Small Unit Operations
- MS 300 Platoon Operations
The Military Program at USMA has seven goals, provided below. These goals describe the competence, commitment, and character of the world-class Lieutenant and graduate of West Point. - Demonstrate proficiency and confidence in foundational military competencies; - Demonstrate an understanding of how to prepare Soldiers and build teams; - Apply concepts and principles of doctrine and warfighting to problem solving; - Demonstrate how to critically think about and understand war and warfare in width, depth, and context; - Demonstrate effective leadership competencies in accomplishing assigned missions; - Demonstrate superior performance in troop leading procedures, marksmanship, and land navigation; - Demonstrate courage, character, integrity, toughness, and commitment to the army professional ethic. The Military Science and Training (MST) Division of the Department of Military Instruction (DMI) plans and coordinates resources to support military training during the Academic Year and the Summer Term. It integrates internal West Point capabilities and external Army Command, Army Service Component Command, and Direct Reporting Unit elements. It synchronizes military instruction with physical instruction and character development during Cadet Summer Training, and it assesses military training progress and progression. Within capability, it provides instructors for Military Science Courses and operations officers for Cadet Summer Training Regiments and Battalions. In coordination with the Military Science Division, MT trains and certifies summer term instructors and support personnel. It supports the technical and tactical instruction of the Fourth, Third, and Second Class Cadets during the fall and spring.
The Military Science & Training Division provides unique opportunities for officers and non-commissioned officers. MST officers and NCOs serve as operations and logistics officers and non-commissioned officers comparable to the brigade and battalion level during fall and spring planning and summer execution of Cadet Summer Training. They generate Department of the Army-level requirements in support of the United States Corps of Cadets' education, training, and inspiration when planning for the summer term, and they integrate the capabilities of every West Point Major Activity Directorate during execution and assessment of summer term activities. An assignment to the Military Science & Training Division will prepare senior Captains and Sergeants First Class to immediately succeed in key battalion and brigade staff positions upon their return to the Operating Force. It prepares senior Majors for assumption of battalion or squadron command or service in a Centralized Select List key billet. See the JOB OPPORTUNITIES link to the left for more information.