Naval War College
About the Course/Eligibiity
The Naval War (NWC) is an accredited Professional Military Education
institution providing students with exceptional opportunities to join senior
and intermediate level U.S. and international military leaders and
distinguished interagency colleagues in an intensive, ten-month program of
national security studies in Newport, Rhode Island. In addition to receiving
Joint Professional Military Education certification, graduates who
satisfactorily complete course requirements earn a Master of Arts Degree in
National Security and Strategic Studies, fully accredited by the New England
Association of Schools and Colleges. Each year, over twenty agencies and
departments of the executive branch take advantage of this unique academic
opportunity t o educate some of their most promising senior civilian
executives. NOTE: CG-12C selects candidates for nomination only; the NWC
school will make final determinations for each nominated canidate.
College of Naval Warfare (Senior Level)
The Naval War College curriculum uses the seminar discussion format of
learning. Those selected to participate will represent USCG and its
viewpoint on a wide range of strategic and operational discussions that look
critically at how nations pursue their security needs. The selected civilian
candidates will provide the basis that will help other students form
assessments about Coast Guard’s role in defense and security related issues.
Selected candidates must understand and have experience in department or
agency’s national security policy decisions, and know how your organization
interacts with defense agencies. Knowledge base expectations should include
an understanding of both the national polices with which the agency is
involved and the interagency relations in which the agency is engaged.
program curricula will not be a good fit for acquisition, contract, or other
support personnel who do not or will not interact at your organization’s
higher policy levels.
Candidates must be senior professionals with approximately 15 years of
government service in the grade of GS/GM 14 or 15, and has been identified
as having strong potential for selection to positions in the Senior
Executive Service (SES). A baccalaureate degree, strong communications and interpersonal skills, a secret security clearance, and a willingness to engage colleagues in critical debate in a global classroom environment are required. Students will be interacting daily on an even level with military officers at the Officer-6 (Navy/Coast Guard – Captain, Army/Air Force/Marine – Colonel),
and Officer-5 (Navy/Coast Guard – Captain, Army/Air Force/Marine – Lieutenant Colonel) levels.
College of Naval Command Staff (Intermediate Level)
College of Naval Warfare candidates must be mid-level professionals with
career intentions serving in the grade of GS/GM 13 with approximately nine
years of government service, and has been identified as having strong
potential for career advancement. A baccalaureate degree, strong communications and interpersonal skills, a secret security clearance, and a willingness to engage colleagues in critical debate in a global classroom environment are required. Students will be interacting daily on an even level with military officers at the Officer-6 (Navy/Coast Guard – Captain, Army/Air Force/Marine – Colonel), and Officer-5 (Navy/Coast Guard – Captain, Army/Air Force/Marine – Lieutenant Colonel) levels.
Selected applicants for either program should be academically
ready to invest themselves fully in a rigorous and demanding educational
experience. Over the last three decades, students average a 48-50 hour
academic work week. A “week-in-the-life” of a NWC student includes: 600-800
pages of reading; twelve hours of morning classes, and a three hour
afternoon elective course; dialogue with faculty and fellow students on
curriculum topics; social events with classmates and co-curricular
activities such as guest lectures and intramural athletics. Students ARE
also expected to conduct individual research and write critical, analytical,
and well-cited academic papers.
2015 - June 2016
Civilian Application Packages for the Naval War College MUST include the
- Cover letter identifying application for CNW or CNCS and providing the
following personal data:
- Government Agency or Department
- Job Title
- Grade level
- Clearance data (must support Secret clearance)
- Unclassified contact email address
- Office address and phone number
- Home address and phone number
- Transcripts from baccalaureate and advanced degrees.
- Biography or resume to include education and relevant work history. Limited
to two pages.
- Two letters of recommendation or endorsement, at least one from a direct
supervisor addressing communications skills both written and oral, in CG
Format, from the first Flag Officer or SES in the chain of your command.
- Sample written essay addressing how you would benefit from a participating
in a Professional Military Education (EPME) program offered at the Naval War
College and how other students, especially military personnel, would benefit
from your unique civilian agency perspective. Limited to two pages.
Costs are paid by CGHQ funds.
Nominations will be reviewed and selections recommended by a CG panel.
Candidate recommendations will then be forwarded to NWC for their approval.
Selectee will be required to sign a
Continued Service Agreement
(pages 4 &
All persons interested in the Senior Service School Programs are encouraged
to visit the Senior Service School information page on the PSC-OPM Advanced
Education website at http://www.uscg.mil/psc/opm/opm1/opm-1pg.asp
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