R 061506Z NOV 17
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
PASS TO OFFICE CODES:
SUBJ//INVITATION TO NOMINATE STUDENTS TO THE NAVAL STAFF COLLEGE
(NSC)(CORRECTED COPY)// REF A/A/DOC/SECNAV/3 JANUARY 2011//
NARR//CHUSMLO Bridgetown please pass invitation to Saint Vincent and the
Grenadines and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
AMEMBASSY Libreville please pass invitations to Gabon and Sao Tome and
AMPN/REF A IS SECNAVINST 4950.4B, Joint Security Cooperation Education and
Training (JSCET) MANUAL// POC/ Jeffrey Roman/OPNAV N52/LOC: Pentagon/
Email: jeffrey.roman(at)navy.mil/TEL: (703)614-9782/
AKNLDG/YES/INST: Request action addees acknowledge receipt via email to
RMKS/1/ This message includes a letter from CNO to his counterparts inviting
them to send students to the Naval War College in Newport to attend the Naval
Staff College (NSC), and to announce the addition of the International War
Game Course (IWGC) and continuance of the International Maritime Staff
Operator's Course (IMSOC). The purpose of this announcment is to make our
partner navies aware of all these opportunities and allow them sufficient
time to make students and resources available to take advantage of the course
RMKS/2/Naval Staff College, International War Gaming Course and International
Maritime Staff Operator Course.
1. Request you convey the following invitation to CNO's counterpart on his
behalf: QUOTE Dear (rank and name), (para) It is my pleasure to invite you
to send one or two qualified officers to the Naval Staff College(NSC) in
Newport, Rhode Island. The NSC is a 10-month course for intermediate-level
naval officers beginning 19 July 2018.
Designed to prepare officers for the challenges of command and major staff
duty, the course emphasizes naval operations and planning, with particular
attention devoted to U.S. Navy doctrine and the broadened role of coalition
operations in the current international security environment. Students are
introduced to the American way of life through field studies trips throughout
the U.S. and close, personal contact with their American counterparts in
class. The presence of an officer from your service will help all of our
students better understand your country, and add immeasurably to the
friendship, confidence and trust enjoyed by this select group of future
2. I am also pleased to announce the addition of a new course at the Naval
War College. The initial International War Game Course (IWGC) is a 5 day
course of instruction for 20 officers which will convene immediately
following graduation of the NSC course in June 2018. The IWGC will provide
an introduction into the War Gaming management process that will enable
international officers to conduct high quality research, analysis, gaming and
education through the War Gaming analytical process.
Additionally, the International Maritime Staff Operators Course, designed to
prepare mid-grade international naval officers to support the planning and
execution of complex maritime operations in a coalition environment, will
continue to deliver two courses per year in 2018 and 2019. US doctrine is
the predominate focus for the class; however, students will also be exposed
to other multinational concepts and planning processes (UN, NATO, and
Interagency). The 12-week long course is executed in an interactive learning
environment with real-world maritime scenarios and practical application of
operational level combined maritime staff competencies.
3. I sincerely hope you will send your most promising naval officers to
Newport. Warm regards, John Richardson, Admiral, U.S. Navy. UNQUOTE.
4. The Naval Staff College convenes 19 July 2018 and ends on 21 June 2019.
5. Request the following:
a. Advise CNO (N52) and NSC IMSO at imso(at)usnwc.edu, and
jeffrey.roman(at)navy.mil, as well as Naval Education and Training Security
Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) country program manager of host Navy's
acceptance/non-acceptance of NSC NLT 1 March 2018. Countries do not need to
respond directly to the CNO.
b. The NSC will have a target class size of 60. Nations may nominate a
second student for enrollment. The second NSC nominee will be placed on a
waitlist until the nomination deadline of 1 March 2018 at which time
additional students will be added in the order in which the responses were
received, based on remaining seats available.
c. As soon as a student is designated, advise the NSC IMSO and the
NETSAFA country program manager of student's name, rank, and address.
d. Forward biographical data NLT 20 June 2018. In order to fill out the
travel information, you need to complete the Enrollment Form first. This
form will assign an "Entry ID#". The student will need that to complete the
travel info. Below are links to both the Enrollment Form and Travel
Enrollment Form: https://nwcevents.wufoo.com/forms/ncc-
Travel Info: https://nwcevents.wufoo.com/forms/ncc-nsc-
The email address for NSC is: imso(at)usnwc.edu.
6. Due to the prestige of this course, it is essential that the student
report in the uniform of a Lieutenant or Lieutenant Commander for NSC. This
may involve frocking by the respective service.
7. To achieve a high-quality experience at NSC, students must communicate in
English. An English Comprehension Level (ECL) examination score of 80 is the
minimum for the student to appropriately integrate with peers, both
professionally and socially in this demanding professional and academic
The ECL requirement may not be waived.
8. The course is intended for naval officers, but since the Naval War
College (NWC) is a joint college, waivers for ground and air force officers
will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Waivers for non-navy students must be justified by the appropriate Security
Cooperation Office (SCO).
9. Naval War College diplomas are awarded to graduates of the Naval Staff
College. A select group of qualifying NSC students will be offered the
opportunity to complete a Master of Arts (MA) degree from NWC at no
additional tuition cost. The competitive selection criteria is based upon
on-site testing, academic qualifications and English fluency. For additional
information, point of contact at NWC International programs is Mrs. Vicky
Garrold at: vicky.garrold(at)usnwc.edu. Phone 401-841-2010.
All international officers still receive some graduate level credits for
courses completed at NWC which can be applied toward an MA degree at Salve
Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.
Salve Regina charges tuition that must be borne by the student or their
10. Security clearance requirements are provided in Ref A.
Student Invitational Travel Orders (ITO) must reflect U.S.
equivalent of security clearance granted by their government (see blocks
11c(1) and 11c(2) of ITO).
11. Estimated price programming data are in the Military Articles and
Services List (MASL) The MASL is P171010 for NSC.
Please note that the course charges have been significantly reduced from
previous years in hopes of easing financial burden on partner nations.
Invitations are extended under Foreign Military Sales (FMS) or International
Military Education And Training (IMET), as appropriate, to individual
countries. Under FMS, transportation and living expenses will be the
responsibility of student/country concerned. SCO shall ensure the method of
funding has been coordinated with unified commands and NETSAFA before
extending the invitation to the appropriate country representative.
12. Reporting Date: No earlier than 12 July 2018 and no later than
18 July 2018. Please note that personnel support services and base housing
will not be availabe to students who arrive earlier than the report date
noted on their orders, as students cannot be allowed on the base outside of
these dates. Students should be instructed to arrive in Providence, Rhode
Island (T.F. Green Airport/PVD), where a NWC Representative will meet them.
This service will not be made available to any airport other than T.F. Green.
To facilitate arrival logistics, please provide NWC with the student travel
itinerary as soon as it becomes final. Point of contact at NWC International
programs is Mrs. Vicky Garrold at: vicky.garrold(at)usnwc.edu.
13. The cost of living in Newport is high. IMET students should plan to
defray all living expenses beyond the IMET living allowance. Family
government quarters will be made available on a first-come-first-served
basis. Students are encouraged to bring dependents, however, the U.S
Government will not provide funding for dependents. Students accompanied by
dependents should have adequate funds to support the high cost of living in
Newport, RI as well as dependent medical expenses. All dependents MUST have
medical insurance to accompany. Medical costs in the U.S. are high.
Students accompanied by dependents must show proof of suitable U.S.
health care insurance for their dependents, to include pregnancy insurance,
if applicable. This is required before family will be listed on the
student's Invitational Travel Order (ITO).
14. Lodging: Unaccompanied officers may be accommodated at bachelor officer
quarters on base or they may look for a residence in town.
SCOs and students are strongly encouraged to look at the student information
on the NWC website at www.usnwc.edu for the course calendar and other useful
15. Uniform: Students should arrive in Newport with appropriate winter
service dress uniform (country equivalent to the U.S. Navy's service dress
blue), dinner/mess dress uniform (typically a tuxedo style uniform), summer
service uniform (country equivalent to the U.S. Navy's summer white) and
service uniform (equivalent to the U.S.
Navy's service khaki uniform. Utility/camouflage and/or flight suits are
acceptable). Most classes are held in business casual attire referred to as
dress shirt, dress slacks and dress shoes, no tie or jacket. Additionally,
several NSC social events require a coat and tie (or female equivalent).
16. Request action addees extend invitations for course and advise whether
countries accept/decline. If declining, request Embassy/SCO/DAO indicate
reason (e.g., lack of funds, no qualified candidates, country not interested
this year). Identify an invitee (name, rank, phone number, e-mail, and fax
number) on each acceptance. E-mail responses should indicate e-mail is
official country team response and must be addressed to imso(at)usnwc.edu;
(vicky.garrold(at)usnwc.edu), OPNAV POC (jeffrey.roman(at)navy.mil) and
appropriate NETSAFA country program manager.
17. For additional information about the NSC, or the IMSOC program, SCOs are
encouraged to consult the web page at http://www.usnwc.edu then click on
Academics & Programs/Programs Offered. The e-mail address is
imso(at)usnwc.edu or contact by e-mail at vicky.garrold(at)usnwc.edu, or by
calling commercial 401-841-2010.
18. Released by VADM A. L. Lewis, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for
Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5)//