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Naval War College

About the Course/Eligibility

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. The 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 9 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 and PERSONALLY 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.

Timeframe

 

August 2014 to June 2015 - Application deadline 1 December 2013

 

Application Procedures

Civilian Application Packages for the Naval War College MUST include the following:

  1. Cover letter identifying application for CNW  or CNCS and providing the following personal data:

    a. Name

    b. Government Agency or Department

    c. Job Title

    d. Grade level

    e. Clearance data (must support Secret clearance)

    f. Unclassified contact email address

    g. Office address and phone number

    h. Home address and phone number

     

  2. Transcripts from baccalaureate and advanced degrees.
  3. Biography or resume to include education and relevant work history. Limited to two pages.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Selection Procedures

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 & 5).

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Additional Information

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 web site at http://WWW.USCG.MIL/PSC/OPM/OPM1/OPM-1PG.ASP

For Further Information on Course: Naval War College Web site: http://www.nwc.navy.mil/

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