Academic Year 2019-2020 Naval War College Fleet Seminar Program JPME I

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Here is the NAVADMIN. This is how I got my JPME I, and I’d highly recommend it:

R 241349Z APR 19





RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the Naval War College (NWC) Fleet Seminar
Program (FSP) which offers intermediate level Joint Professional Military
Education (JPME-I) through a set of three courses: Strategy and War (S and
W), Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM), and Joint Maritime Operations
(JMO), offered at multiple locations. Each course normally requires one
academic year to complete, which runs from September through the following
All three courses are not offered simultaneously at all locations.
There is no tuition fee and course materials are provided on a loan basis at
no cost to students.

2. The NWC FSP will be offered in 19 regional locations in the United States
for academic year 2019-2020. Planned locations and courses are:

a. Annapolis, MD (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
b. Dahlgren, VA (TSDM)
c. Everett, WA (TSDM)
d. Fort Worth, TX (TSDM)
e. Great Lakes, IL (JMO)
f. Jacksonville, FL (TSDM and JMO)
g. Kitsap, WA (JMO)
h. Mayport, FL (S and W)
i. Millington, TN (JMO)
j. New Orleans, LA (TSDM)
k. Newport, RI (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
l. Norfolk, VA (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
m. Patuxent River, MD (JMO)
n. Pearl Harbor, HI (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
o. Pensacola, FL (Whiting Field) (S and W)
p. Port Hueneme, CA (JMO)
q. San Diego, CA (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
r. Washington, DC (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
s. Whidbey Island, WA (S&W)

3. FSP courses are similar in content and delivery methodology to the
intermediate level program of study offered by the resident College of Naval
Command and Staff in Newport, RI. Seminars for each course meet once a week
in the evening for approximately 34 weeks, commencing in early September 2019
and ending in May 2020.
Successful completion of all three courses results in the award of a College
of Naval Command and Staff diploma, as well as credit for JPME-I. The FSP
seminars at all locations are conducted in-step each week so it is possible
for a student who is transferring to or assigned temporary additional duty at
another seminar location to attend class at that location.

4. NWC accepts program applications from commissioned officers (active and
reserve) and civilian employees of the federal government, subject to the
following eligibility requirements
a. Members of the sea services (Navy, Marine Corps and Coast
Guard) in the pay grade of O-3 or above, while officers from the other
services must be in the pay grade of O-4 or above. Civilian employees of the
federal government in the grade of GS-11 and above, or equivalent, are also
eligible for enrollment.
b. All applicants must have previously earned at least a baccalaureate

5. Qualified individuals currently stationed in areas listed in paragraph
two, or those who expect transfer to those sites prior to 1 September 2019
are encouraged to apply.

6. NWC will make enrollment selections and accepted applicants will be
advised of their enrollment status via email.

7. More information is available and applications must be submitted on the
NWC College of Distance Education FSP website available at
(NWC Academic Programs link). The application period will close on
31 May 2019.

8. Request widest dissemination of the above information. Regional
coordinators at the sites listed in paragraph two are requested to pass this
information to all Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard units and
all reserve units located within safe-driving distance of an FSP seminar.

9. Points of contact are Ms. Stephanie Accaputo who can be reached at (401)
841-7677/DSN 841 or via e-mail at fsp(at), Ms. Kelly Folger who can
be reached at (401) 841-6520/DSN 841 or via e- mail at fsp(at) and
Professor Ronald Oard who can be reached via e-mail at oardr(at)

10. This message will remain in effect until superseded or 31 May 2019,
whichever occurs first.

11. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//


Command Surgeon at National Defense University – O5/O6

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BLUF: Command Surgeon wanted for National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, DC. During the 2nd year you attend the senior service school.

Qualifications requested include:

  • O5/O6
  • Have confirmation from the Detailer that they could PCS and start in June 2019.
  • Interested docs should be candidates for executive medicine in the future.
  • They also should expect to do a utilization tour after attending NDU.

Here is the Memorandum of Agreement that provides some details.

All applications need to be submitted to CDR Melissa Austin at BUMED NLT than 22 FEB. Her e-mail is in the global.

Naval War College Will Accept Applications for 2018-2019 Fleet Seminar Program

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This is how I did my Joint Professional Military Education I, so I can answer questions about it:
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jess Lewis, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) — U.S. Naval War College (NWC) will accept online applications April 1 through May 31 for NWC’s College of Distance Education’s 2018-2019 Fleet Seminar Program (FSP).

NWC’s FSP offers intermediate level joint professional military education (JPME-I) through a set of three courses: Strategy and War, Theater Security Decision Making and Joint Maritime Operations. Each of these courses are available at multiple locations across the U.S. in keeping with efforts of the Chief of Naval Personnel to foster a deliberate and flexible learning environment.

Applications from active and reserve commissioned officers and civilian employees of the federal government are accepted. There are no tuition fees and course materials are provided on a loan basis. All applicants must have previously earned at least a baccalaureate degree.

To be eligible for FSP, applicants must either be: Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard O-3 and above; Army or Air Force O-4 and above; or federal civilian employees in the grade of GS-11 or equivalent and above. Selected staff members serving in the federal Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary branches are also eligible for enrollment.

For academic year 2018-2019, the program’s planned 19 regional locations are: Annapolis, Maryland; Dahlgreen, Norfolk, and Pax River, Virginia; Everett, Kitsap and Whidbey Island, Washington; Fort Worth, Texas; Great Lakes, Illinois; Jacksonville and Pensacola, Florida; Millington, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; Newport, Rhode Island; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and Port Hueneme and San Diego, California.

The FSP courses are similar in content and delivery methodology to the intermediate level program of study offered by the resident NWC’s College of Naval Command and Staff. Coursework is conducted by NWC in unison at all FSP locations. This provides students a unique opportunity to attend class at multiple FSP locations while completing mission-essential transfers and temporary assignments.

Qualified individuals currently stationed at FSP locations and those who expect to transfer to a FSP location, prior to Sept. 1, 2018, are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is May 31, 2018, and all applicants will be advised of their enrollment status by mid-June 2018.

All FSP students are led by adjunct and visiting NWC faculty and meet as a seminar of no more than 18 students, one evening per week, starting in early September and ending in May.

Successful completion of all three courses results in the award of a NWC College of Naval Command and Staff diploma, as well as credit for intermediate JPME Phase I.

For more information read NAVADMIN 066/18 and visit NWC’s College of Distance Education FSP website at

Naval War College Phasing Out Legacy CD­ROM Course

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From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) ­­- U.S. Naval War College (NWC) will no longer enroll new students in the CD­ROM program offered through the school’s College of Distance Education (CDE) after Sept. 30.

The CD­ROM program is being phased out due to better, more interactive education delivery options and declining student enrollment.

“This CD­ROM program is really a legacy offering that was developed to replace a paper­based correspondence course,” said Timothy Garrold, deputy dean of the College of Distance Education at NWC. “Instead of sending students a box of books and papers and then have them submit their graded work by postal mail or fax, we sent course materials contained on CDs.”

While CD­ROM courses were a breakthrough at the time, they have become outdated.

As students have come to expect more speed, interaction and efficiency, the move to the web­ enabled programs is a better option that allows students more access to colleagues and teachers according to Garrold.

“The amount of interaction that students experience in web­based courses with other students and with faculty were really the most important factors in pressing for the change,” he said. “We were kind of fooling ourselves that a self­paced, self­taught course had the rigor required for the same level of training and education as that available to what a student can get online and in our Fleet Seminar Program.”

Students are already frequently choosing online courses over the CD­ROM programs.

“The numbers have been dropping for the CD­ROM program,” said Garrold. “The demand signal for the CD­ROM has slowly declined over the years.”

Those wanting to earn the masters and their intermediate Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) credit through NWC distance education courses can still do so through the Fleet Seminar program.

Garrold explained that some resources currently devoted to the CD­ROM program may now be reassigned to the web­based programs making them an even faster and a better choice for students.

Students currently enrolled in the CD­ROM program and those who enroll prior to the deadline will still be able to finish the program within 20 months. The CD­ROM program will terminate entirely May 31, 2019 ­­ 20 months from the Sept. 30 deadline.

Specifics of the CD­ROM program phase out are explained in NAVADMIN 233/17. CDE doesn’t anticipate other changes to course delivery methodologies.

NWC is a one­year resident program that graduates about 600 resident students and about 1,000 distance learning students each year. Its primary mission is to educate and develop future leaders. Additional missions include: helping to define the future Navy and its roles and missions, supporting combat readiness, strengthening global maritime partnerships, promoting ethics and leadership throughout the force, contributing knowledge to shape effective decisions through our John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research, providing expertise and advice to the international legal community through the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law. Students earn JPME credit and either a diploma or a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies or defense and strategic studies. Established in 1884, U.S. Naval War College is the oldest institution of its kind in the world. More than 50,000 students have graduated since its first class of nine students in 1885 and about 300 of today’s active duty admirals, generals and senior executive service leaders are alumni.

Outside the Box Opportunities

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Here are the slides for a lecture on “Outside the Box Opportunities” that I gave at the 2017 Transition to Practice Symposium at NMCSD for all the graduating residents and fellows:

Outside the Box Opportunities

Topics covered include:

Here is a video podcast:

Detailing Update – Orders, PRDs, Resignation, Retirement, a Survey, and War College

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Here are a few notes one of the Detailers sent out yesterday:

Delayed Order Release

Due to financial constraints, no orders have been released in the last several weeks. We acknowledge this is incredibly inconvenient to our constituents. Standby for more information, we will pass it as we get it.

Expired Projected Rotation Dates (PRDs)

Many officers have PRDs that are set to expire this summer. Officers with expired PRDs are attractive targets to place in high priority OCONUS and operational billets. Please get your extension requests in ASAP.


Officers planning to resign or retire should have their requests in 9 months prior to their requested detachment month. Requests turned in less than 6 to 9 months prior to requested detachment will be kicked back. There were several officers extended past their obligation because they did not send their request in on time.

I recommend reading CDR Schofer’s blog post entitled “How to Resign Worry Free.”

The earliest these can be submitted is 12 months prior to requested detach date.

Survey for Officers with a 2017 PRD

If your PRD was in 2017 and you accepted PCS orders or extended, please consider completing a one minute survey to assess attitudes regarding the billet assignment process among Medical Corps officers. The survey will close June 1st.

Last year we administered a survey of Navy Medical Corps officers to assess attitudes regarding the billet assignment process. We took measures to improve the process for billets assigned in 2017 and we are administering another short survey to measure improvement. The results, available at the end of the survey, will be briefed to leadership and made public. THANK YOU!

Naval War College

PERS needs people for the August 2017 Naval War College class. Applicants must have completed Joint Professional Military Education 1. They will consider breaking orders for appropriate applicants. Please see this blog post for a War College description by a current student.