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Military Science and Leadership

Chapter 2

The Hilltopper Battalion is organized with cadre and cadets.General descriptions are included below.See Annex A for specific cadre positions, and Annex B for specific cadet battalion leadership and staff or company leadership roles.

1.Battalion Cadre

a.The Professor of Military Science and Leadership (PMS) is the representative of the Department of the Army at the Western Kentucky University. He is a member of the active duty or reserve component of the U.S. Army assigned to duty at the university and is a member of the faculty with the academic rank of professor during the term of his assignment. He serves as chairman of the Department of Military Science and Leadership at Western Kentucky University.

b.Assistant Professors of Military Science (APMS) are active duty, reserve component, or retired commissioned officers serving with the Military Science and Leadership Department. They instruct academic classes and serve as advisors to help cadets on the road to becoming commissioned officers.One APMS serves as the Recruitment Operations Officer (ROO).In addition to other duties of APMS, the ROO has the primary duty of recruitment and retention within the battalion.

c. Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) in the cadre are proficient in their military occupational skills.They provide training, administrative and logistical support, and serve as instructors for military science classes.

d.Administrative and logistics staff are Department of the Army Civilians and University personnel who handle all logistical and administrative support for all cadets and cadre.

2.Battalion Cadets

a.Each student is designated as an MS I, MS II, MS III, or MS IV cadet (MS = Military Science) based on academic alignment and military training experiences.

MS I - Normally an academic Freshman

MS II - Normally an academic Sophomore

MS III - Normally an academic Junior

MS IV - Normally an academic Senior

b. The cadet organization includes a battalion headquarters with a staff for overall coordination. The cadets are further organized into companies, platoons and squads.

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