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Texts / Reading

Texts / Reading Assignments: As readings provide a framework and background for class discussion, I strongly recommend you read the assigned selections before the relevant lecture. AFROTC provides all required texts for this course via electronic means on the website. Air Force cadets will need a unique alphanumeric “token” provided by the cadre and either a Google or Yahoo account to register with the website. I will provide academic only students the electronic texts via alternate means as required. If you had a log in last year, you will still need to re-register to gain the proper access level required for this class. The texts include the following: AS 300 Student Guide, Leadership Studies (LS), 2013-2014 AFH 33-337, The Tongue and Quill (T&Q), 2004 with 2012 supplement AFOCD, Air Force Officer Classification Directory (AFOCD), 2013 AFO, The Armed Forces Officer (AFO), 2006 AFDD 1-1, Leadership and Force Development (AFDD 1-1), 2011 HCTM, T-700, Holm Center Training Manual (HCTM), 1994 AU-24, Concepts for Air Force Leadership (AU-24), 2008 Classroom Rules of Engagement: 1. Attendance: a. Air Force cadets must attend 80% of class sessions to receive credit for this course. As in the operational Air Force, simply meeting minimum standards is typically unacceptable. I ask that you attend every class unless a legitimate conflict arises. In order to arrange alternate course work, please coordinate with me as early as possible if you expect to miss a class due to scheduling conflicts, religious observances, etc. If you are late to class, you will receive half an absence. b. Academic-only and special students have no minimum attendance requirements (in accordance with university guidelines); however, excessive absences will negatively affect class participation grades. c. UW-Whitewater and MBBC Air Force cadets can virtually attend one of the two class sessions per week via video conferencing technology to minimize travel. Cadets planning to use this option must coordinate with the instructor on which day they plan to use video conferencing. The instructor will consider exceptions to this rule in cases of inclement weather. 2. Uniform wear and dress code: All students are expected to present a professional image in the classroom. On Tuesdays, Air Force cadets will wear the uniform prescribed in the Leadership Laboratory operations order. Uniforms are optional on Thursdays unless you are presenting a formal briefing. Air Force cadets will wear the Service Dress uniform if presenting a formal briefing to the class. Academic only cadets are expected to wear business casual attire when presenting a briefing to the class. 3. Class room protocol: All students are expected to treat each other, the instructor and guest speakers with the dignity and respect. Air Force cadets will observe military customs and courtesies at all times. Call the room to attention when the instructor (or a military officer senior to the instructor) enters or leaves the room. 4. Food and drink: Feel free to bring either or both. Please refrain from eating and drinking during any presentations by fellow classmates. I also expect everyone to be responsible and clean up after him or herself.

5. NO CELL PHONES ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM! This is to simulate a military briefing environment. Assignments: 1. Classroom Participation: I require your active participation. We each possess ideas on leadership, whether gained through direct leadership or followership experience, observation of others, or personal reflection. This course is about sharing, expanding, and perhaps altering those ideas. Take the opportunity to both influence and be influenced through classroom involvement. In other words, take the opportunity to lead! 2. Memorandum: Effective written communication is paramount to demonstrating credibility and leadership skills. All official memoranda will conform to AFH 33-337, The Tongue and Quill, and AFMAN 33-326, Preparing Official Communications. a. Air Force cadets returning from field training: Write a two-page official memorandum that describes lessons you learned during field training. Consider the following: How well did the cadre and cadet wing leadership prepare you? Identify strengths and weaknesses in the cadet wing’s field training preparation program; focus on both the program and the leadership characteristics (not the specific people) of those implementing the program. Identify at least three specific measures that you propose to improve the quality of leadership and training for this year’s FTP cadets. Finally, how well did you prepare yourself for this significant event? What would you have done differently? How did FT gauge your framework for entering the POC and eventual preparation for commissioning and active duty service? b. Other Students: write a two-page official memorandum that describes your reason for taking the AFROTC AS300 course and your goals for the year. These goals do not have to be focused solely on your academic development. 3. Extemporaneous Speaking: You will present a number of short briefings and discussion topics to the class. I will not announce these assignments in advance. They may include beginning a class session by giving a brief overview of the readings, leading a class exercise, presenting results of a group exercise, or sharing excerpts from your journal or leadership experiences. 4. Leadership Project: You will work on a semester-long project as described below. a. Leadership definition: Develop an original one- or two-sentence definition of leadership. This should not be a list of traits or a definition from the dictionary. Format is your choice. b. Self-assessment: Candidly assess your leadership strengths and weaknesses. This is where you can consider traits. Draw upon your experiences both from within and without the cadet wing: cadet jobs and field training, an internship, a teaching assistant position, or other part-time employment. Solicit honest feedback from at least one peer and one manager. For cadets, the peer should be one of your fellow AS300s and the manager should be one of the current senior or extended cadet leaders (AS400s or ECLs). Select what you believe are your core strengths and weaknesses. Describe each with a paragraph, and be sure to include examples. Format is your choice; my expectation is a twoor three-page paper (double-spaced).

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