NEWPORT, R.I. – Thirty-seven Naval Staff College (NSC) students concluded orientation Jan. 18, marking the official start of their six-month intensive study period at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC).
Students representing 31 countries attended the formal orientation held Jan. 11-18. During orientation, the students received briefs on American history and culture, government structure, local customs and laws, and other administrative tasks.
According to many of the students, they are quickly getting acquainted with their new surroundings.
“The friendship, I think is important,” said Brazilian Navy Cmdr. Claudio Luiz De Lima Martins. “We have new friends from all around the world. We all know each other now and in class we have much time to talk.”
NSC Deputy Director Cmdr. John Menke, said the students departed for a class study trip to Seattle and found themselves experiencing their first snow day when winter weather hit the west coast.
“This is my 12th class and to be honest they are all unique,” Menke said. “Each class will
eventually develop their own class personality.”
NSC welcomes two groups of mid-level international naval officers each year. In the summer, one group begins classes in August and are integrated with American counterparts. A second group of students attends a shorter course that begins in January. The curriculum is a condensed version of the one-year class and is designed for international students whose navies are unable to allow an officer to study abroad for a full year.
“With a class this size, instructors don't normally see a class personality develop for about the first month,” said Menke. “But that said, they are all very friendly to each other and that’s very typical of an NSC class.”
International Programs were created at NWC in 1956 through the vision of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke to enhance mutual trust, confidence and cooperation among friends and partners.