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SUBJ/2018 CNO NAVAL HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST//
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RMKS/1. The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) is announcing the 2018 CNO Naval History Essay Contest
and calling for submission of papers by 30 June 2018. The Director, Naval History and Heritage
(NHHC) will serve as the Navy's lead for the contest with the support of the United States Naval Institute
(USNI) which has executed essay contests since 1879, and with additional assistance from the
Superintendent, United States Naval Academy (USNA), President, Naval War College (NWC), and
President, Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).
2. The Challenge: The Sea Services have a rich history. History informs our modern understanding on
multiple fronts to
include: people, battles, strategy, tactics, leadership, values, and traditions. The CNO invites you to
write on a naval history topic of your choice that relates a lesson(s) from history that applies to
establishing and maintaining maritime superiority in today's environment as discussed in reference (a).
3. CNO's Intent: Inspire, insight, and dialog from across the widest spectrum of academic, operational,
military, and civilian personnel both from within the Sea Services and among those with a sincere
interest in the history of the Sea Services.
4. Two categories of entrants may participate in the CNO Naval History Essay Contests:
a. Professional Category: History curators, history archivists, historians, history professors, and
persons with history-related doctoral degrees.
b. Rising Category: U.S. Sea-Service active, reserve, retired, and civilian personnel not included in the
5. The following requirements apply to 2018 CNO Naval History Essay
a. Word count: 3,500-word maximum (excludes footnotes/endnotes
b. Submit essays via email to: cnoessaycontest(AT)usni.org
c. Submission deadline: 30 June 2018
d. Include your essay's title in the subject line of email.
e. All essays will be judged in the blind. Include word count on title page of essay, but do not include
your name on title page or within essay.
f. Provide a separate attachment that includes biography, phone number, and mailing address.
g. For more details about this contest, please visit https://www.history.navy.mil/get-involved/essay-
contest.html, or email jday(AT)usni.org.
6. Six winners (first, second, and third place from both categories) will be selected and receive the
a. Hosted travel orders to meet the CNO and present their papers to CNO, Director, Navy Staff, and
other Senior Flag Officers at an appropriate venue.
b. Cash Prizes provided by the U.S. Naval Institute:
(1) First Prize - $5,000
(2) Second Prize - $2500
(3) Third Prize - $1500
c. Prize Winners will be published in Proceedings, Naval History magazine and/or on the NHHC
website. Other essays may also be selected for publication.
d. A piece of copper plating from USS CONSTITUTION.
e. Recognition on NHHC's website.
f. A one-year membership in the USNI and a one-year subscription to Naval History magazine.
a. Director, NHHC is assigned overall responsibility for the planning and coordination of the 2018 CNO
Naval History Essay Contest.
b. Director, NHHC will coordinate the following with the U.S.
(1) Develop judging criteria.
(2) Coordinate judging panel which will include judges from the Office of the Chief of Naval
Operations staff, Naval Institute's History Advisory Board, USNA, NWC, and NPS.
(3) Receive and acknowledge each entry.
(4) Forward all essays to the judging panel.
(5) Coordinate announcing the six winners.
(6) Coordinate for an appropriate prize presentation.
(7) Publish selected essays.
(8) Capture lessons learned.
c. Superintendent, USNA, shall provide two senior staff members to serve on the judging panels.
d. President, NWC, shall provide two senior staff members to serve on the judging panels.
e. President, NPS, shall provide two senior staff members to serve on the judging panels.
8. For questions pertaining to this message and the execution of the
2018 CNO Naval History Essay Contest, please contact Ms. Meghan Cunningham via phone: (202) 433-
2331 or email:
meghan.cunningham(AT)navy.mil. For advice and guidance on writing essays, contact Ms. Jaci Day via
9. Released by Vice Admiral K. M. Donegan, Director, Navy Staff.//