PME Proof-of-Concept Program Announced for Command Master Chiefs

Story Number: NNS050624-03Release Date: 6/24/2005 11:17:00 AM
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By Jon Gagne, Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The Naval War College (NWC) and the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) are teaming up to offer select command master chiefs (CMC) new Navy and Joint Professional Military Education (NPME/JPME) learning opportunities in residence or at a distance.

The Professional Military Education Proof-of-Concept Program for Naval War College resident and distance education programs will empower enlisted leaders to serve in both Navy and joint operational assignments.

"This program is an excellent opportunity for senior enlisted professionals to set the course for the future, using the PME Continuum as one of their navigational tools," said NETC Force Master Chief Michael J. McCalip. "For the first time, command master chiefs and officers have been integrated into classes together at the Naval War College. This program opens new doors to the senior enlisted ranks in support of joint service."

Resident classes at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., will begin in November 2005 and March 2006 with two seats available per class. These resident courses are for full-time students over a 12-month period. The curriculum is based on three core courses of study: Strategy and Policy, National Security Decision Making and Joint Military Operations. Satisfactory completion leads to conferring a Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies, credit for senior service college, and fulfills the requirements for JPME Phase 1.

The Web-enabled distance-learning program kicks off its first session in October 2005 with additional quarterly sessions in January and April 2006. Seats will be available in the Web-enabled program for one or two command master chiefs per session.

Courses are offered for nonresident students to earn College of Distance Education Command and Staff diplomas that meet the requirements for JPME Phase I. The courses are fully accredited for up to 12 graduate semester hours, and may be applied to many civilian university programs. The program will take 16-18 months to complete, and students are grouped into class cohorts of 20 led by a War College professor.

"For senior enlisted leaders who are presently serving at sea," McCalip added, "a Fleet Seminar Program will be conducted in the Norfolk, Va.; San Diego; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and Jacksonville, Fla., areas in August 2005. One or two seats per location will be available for CMCs."

This proof-of-concept resident program mirrors the NWC resident curriculum by meeting weekly for evening seminars from late August to mid-May. The curriculum takes three years to complete, but students pay no tuition or fees, and books and class materials are provided free. Graduates earn the College of Naval Command and Staff diploma, which meets JPME Phase I requirements and provides up to 21 graduate semester hours credit.

Command master chiefs who wish to participate in the proof-of-concept Fleet Seminar Program must possess a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university, and should have demonstrated academic achievement in a challenging curriculum. Other requirements include holding a Navy Enlisted Classification code (NEC) of 9580 for command master chiefs, or 9579 for submarine chiefs of the boat that have been selected for the command master chief program and related 9580 NEC.

"We're looking for highly-qualified candidates who have completed at least one tour as a command master chief or chief of the boat, or have completed at least 30 months in their present billet," McCalip said. "Candidates must possess the desire to serve in senior enlisted leadership positions at major afloat and ashore commands and a variety of joint assignments."

In addition, a candidate should have no more than 24 years of service as of the class convening date, and must be a U.S. citizen eligible for a secret clearance.

Specific guidelines for submission packages are outlined in NAVADMIN 094/05. Participants accepted for the NWC resident program will serve one tour in a worldwide-assignable billet upon program completion and will incur an additional two-year active-duty obligation discharged concurrently with another service obligation upon the completion of, or withdrawal from, the curriculum. This agreement does not obligate the Navy to retain the member on active duty.

Interested command master chiefs must forward their requests for consideration to the office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) via the NETC Force Master Chief, and addressed as follows:
Commander, Naval Education and Training Command,
Attn: Force Master Chief (N003)
250 Dallas Street
Pensacola, FL 32508-5220

Deadline for submission of packages is July 1. MCPON (SS/AW) Terry Scott will convene a screening board for applicants in late July and results will be published via NAVADMIN.

For specific guidelines on submission packages, consult NAVADMIN 094/05. For additional information, contact the NETC Enlisted PME program manager, Senior Chief Electronics Technician (SW) William McKeithen, via e-mail at or by phone at 850-452-8463 or DSN 922-8463.

For more information on the Naval War College, visit the school's Web site at For more information on the PME Program, visit the NKO Web site at For more information on the Naval Education and Training Command, visit

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