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MONTEREY, Calif. - The 42nd class from the Naval War College (NWC) Monterey program at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in California graduated on March 18.
 
NPS Chief of Staff Col. Pete Boerlage and NWC Monterey Chairman Professor Fred Drake presided over the ceremony. A total of 73 students, including five Marine Corps, 10 Army, and the rest Navy officers, earned their NWC Command and Staff diploma with Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I certification, a critical milestone in a military officer's career. 

MONTEREY, Calif. (March 18, 2010) The 42nd graduating class of the Naval War College (NWC) Monterey partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) for Joint Professional Military Education stands for a class portrait at the International Flag Garden Mar. 18. NPS Chief of Staff Col. Pete Boerlage and NWC Monterey Chairman Prof. Fred Drake presided over the ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya)NWC Monterey is a satellite office of the United States Naval War College, College of Distance Education (CDE).  Through the partnership with NPS, 2,115 officers have earned the JPME certification since the program's inception in September 1999.

The program provides qualified officers and select DoD civilians attending NPS with the opportunity to earn a Naval War College Command & Staff program diploma.  The NWC program is designed to educate professional naval officers in areas that will enhance their performance in command and in decision making positions on major staffs.  NWC Command & Staff program graduates are eligible for “joint coded” billets and those officers can negotiate class dates for the Joint Forces Staff College (JPME phase II) with their detailers or await assignment to a senior level service school.

As part of the agreement between the Naval War College (NWC) and NPS, the program is structured so that students enrolled in a master's degree program are able to earn a NWC, College of Distance Education Command and Staff diploma in four quarters.  The agreement stipulates a level of effort equating to 4 credit hours per quarter which can be achieved by enrolling in one course per quarter.  Students who successfully complete both programs leave NPS with their master's degree, subspecialty code, NWC diploma and JPME Phase I credit.

From Naval War College Public Affairs Office