The primary objective of the Maritime Staff Operators Course (MSOC) is to comprehend, analyze, and apply Maritime Operations Center (MOC) processes and procedures necessary to plan, prepare, execute, and assess complex maritime operations in a dynamic environment. Its mission is to educate and prepare students to immediately and effectively serve on maritime operational-level staffs. This course began in 2007 and now educates about 400 students each year.
This course examines both the art and science associated with military activities across the range of military operations. It includes recently developed MOC concepts and substantial application of the Navy Planning Process (NPP). MSOC incorporates seminars, lectures, and practical exercises using a realistic maritime scenario. It culminates with a synthesizing Battle Lab exercise designed to replicate the organization, processes, procedures, and command and control tools of a nominal MOC.
The focus of this course is on maritime operations at the operational level of war. The construct is inherently joint, and uses both Navy and joint doctrine as standard references. Accordingly, it emphasizes the applications of maritime capabilities through a Combined/Joint Force Commander (JFC). Students apply planning skills and maritime staff processes and procedures across numerous maritime lines of operation/lines of effort (LOO/LOE), which include, but are not limited to, sea control operations (SCO), maritime interception operations (MIO), noncombatant evacuation operations (NEO), humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) operations, and multi-service/ interagency/multinational operations. This is accomplished through a regimen which uses a dynamic contemporary scenario set in 2020.
A practitioner’s approach is applied requiring hands-on student participation. Students produce deliverables including military briefings and mission-type orders (e.g., Operation Orders (OPORDs) and Fragmentary Orders (FRAGORDs) and Daily Intentions Messages (DIMs)).
The course builds on fundamentals and culminates with the planning of multiple LOO/LOEs during the execution phase of MSOC. This course is designed to produce personnel who are capable of performing in a high-tempo, fluid operational environment. Officer graduates of MSOC acquire the Additional Qualification Designation (AQD) of Joint Operations Maritime (JOM) and Senior Enlisted graduates acquire the Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) of Joint Maritime Staff Operator (9596). More Information