NEWPORT, R.I. - The Naval War College Maritime Staff Operators Course (MSOC) Class 10-04 matriculated on Friday, Dec. 11, concluding five weeks of intense classroom lectures, individual study, and a practical exercise where they had an opportunity to demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge in a complex coalition maritime scenario, conducted in the state of the art MSOC ‘Battle Lab’ facility.
Class 10-04 is the last MSOC class of the current calendar year and represents the significant milestone of two years of consistent War College support to major naval staffs around the world. Typically, classes are made up of 20 to 25 mid-grade and senior naval officers. Senior enlisted personnel destined to serve in fleet staffs have also participated.
MSOC introduces students to national security policy, joint and naval war-fighting doctrine, staff operations and functions, as well application of the Naval Planning Process. Graduates are most often assigned immediate responsibility on forward deployed fleet staffs.
Feedback from fleet commanders has been consistently positive, and they have specifically singled out MSOC graduates for their superb performance. This observed success of MSOC course graduates on the job has quickly resulted in increased fleet demand.
The 27 students of this class join previous graduates in assuming operational level assessment and planning duties at U.S. Pacific Command, Multi-National Forces-Iraq, Second Fleet, Third Fleet, Fifth Fleet, Sixth Fleet, Seventh Fleet, Pacific Fleet, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and other maritime staffs , validating the Naval War College’s focus of providing a premier operational level of war (OLW) education to mid-career officers and senior enlisted personnel.