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NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- The Naval War College (NWC) is now accepting online applications through June 30 for the next academic cycle of the Fleet Seminar Program.

Offered through NWC's College of Distance Education, the Fleet Seminar Program is one of several avenues for officers to complete Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I where they live and work.

Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officers in the grade of O-3 and above and officers from other services in the grade of O-4 and above are eligible. Federal civilian employees in the paygrade of GS-11 or equivalent or above are also eligible.

"In today's joint world, a Naval War College education is something that any mid-grade officer and above really needs to function in a joint situation," said professor Walt Wildemann, deputy director of the College of Distance Education at NWC.

Designed to meet the individual needs of students who are unable to attend NWC in residence in Newport, the Fleet Seminar Program delivers the NWC intermediate curriculum in an evening seminar format. NWC faculty members bring the courses to approximately 1,200 students each academic year at 20 additional instructional locations across the United States.

Beginning in early September and continuing through the following May, seminars are one night per week for three hours per night. Derived from the 10-month NWC intermediate resident core curriculum, the students are taught three courses: strategy and war, joint maritime operations and national security decision making.

"Our world-class adjunct faculty delivers a challenging yet rewarding curriculum, and our students learn to think both critically and strategically, skills that operational and combatant commanders demand in members of their staffs," said professor Stanley Carpenter, who teaches strategy and policy in the College of Distance Education.

Each core course is completed during one academic year, and completing all three courses in this program satisfies JPME Phase I requirements, a critical career milestone. The Fleet Seminar Program curriculum is also accredited toward completion of the Naval War College Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies.

For Fleet Seminar Program students who choose to pursue the NWC master's degree, the Naval War College Graduate Degree Program is available through a separate selection process. This program requires completion of the three core courses through the Fleet Seminar Program as well as an additional nine graduate credit-hours in a specified area of study.

The core curriculum can also be completed by eligible students through NWC's Web-enabled program or CD ROM program. Both of these programs satisfy JPME Phase I requirements, but the coursework is not accredited toward completion of the NWC master's degree.

The Web-enabled program delivers the curriculum in an online format worldwide where students are assigned to cohorts and study under the tutelage of an NWC online faculty member.

The CD ROM Program is geared toward officers on sea duty or at remote locations who are unable to attend weekly seminars and who may not have consistent Internet connectivity but are able to work and learn independently.

NWC's College of Distance Education programs incur no cost or additional service obligation for students. All required course materials are provided by the Naval War College.

Applications for the Fleet Seminar Program, CD ROM and Web-enabled programs are open continuously online and can be found at the Naval War College Web site
www.usnwc.edu/admissions/.

From Naval War College Public Affairs