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The Fleet Seminar Program is offered on an academic year basis, commencing in early September and ending in early May. Three courses , Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM), Strategy and War (S&W), and Joint Maritime Operations (JMO) are offered although not all courses are offered at all locations every year. Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM) is the course name for the intermediate course formerly titled National Security Decision Making (NSDM). For JPME-I and NWC degree purposes, the two courses are equivalent. Tentative seminars and locations for academic year 2014 – 2015 are:
California, Port Hueneme - TSDM
California, San Diego – TSDM, S&W, and JMO (1 seminar each course)
Washington, D.C. – TSDM, S&W, and JMO (6 seminars each course)
Florida, Jacksonville – TSDM, and JMO
Florida, Mayport – S&W
Florida, Pensacola (Whiting Field) - JMO
Hawaii, Pearl Harbor – TSDM , S&W, and JMO (1 seminar each course)
Illinois, Great Lakes – TSDM
Louisiana, New Orleans – JMO
Maryland, Annapolis – TSDM, S&W, and JMO (TBD: 1 or 2 seminars each course)
Maryland, Patuxent River – TSDM
Rhode Island, Newport – TSDM, S&W, and JMO (1 seminar each course)
Tennessee, Millington –S&W
Texas, Fort Worth – S&W
Virginia, Dahlgren – JMO
Virginia, Norfolk – TSDM, S&W, and JMO (2 seminars each course)
Washington, Bangor – TSDM
Washington, Everett – S&W
Washington, Whidbey Island – JMO


- LT Seth Marcusa, USN, Annapolis, Maryland, at (410) 293-6073/DSN 281
- Mr.J. Overton, Bangor, Washington, at (360) 396-1644
- Ms. Anne F. Lyon, Dahlgren, Virginia, at (540) 653-8032/DSN 249
- Mr. Walter Stiles, Fort Worth, Texas, at (401) 841-6519/DSN 841
- Mr. Stanley Manusko, Everett, Washington, at (425) 304-3161/DSN 727
- Mr. Mark Wegge, Great Lakes, Illinois, at (847) 688-3869 ext 387/DSN 792
- LT John Reid, USN, Jacksonville, Florida, at (904) 542-5397/DSN 942
- LT John Rosa USN, Mayport, Florida, at (904) 270-6344/ext. 3182/DSN 270
- LCDR Jason Patterson USN, Millington, Tennessee, at (901) 874-4100/DSN 882
- Mr. Dave Bonar, New Orleans, Louisiana, at (504) 697-2633/DSN 647
- Ms. Sarah Farney, Newport, Rhode Island, at (401) 841-1207/DSN 841
- Dr. Calvin R. Scheidt, Norfolk, Virginia, at (757) 822-7702
- Ms. Donna Perrie, Patuxent River, Maryland, at (301) 757-9103/DSN 757
- Mr. Walter Stiles, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, at (401) 841-6519 / DSN 841
- Mr. Walter Stiles, Pensacola (Whiting Field), Florida, at (401) 841-6519 / DSN 841
-  Ms. Anabell Ramos, Port Hueneme, California, at (805) 228-0338/DSN 296
- Ms. Khi Khi Jensen, San Diego, California, at (619) 556-8328/DSN 526
- Dr. Charles Chadbourn, Washington, D.C., at (202) 433-6218/DSN 288
- Ms. Kathy Vass, Whidbey Island, Washington, at (360) 257-2979/DSN 820

Applicants are enrolled in seminars consisting of no more than 18 students. Each academic year is a separate enrollment event and continuing students must apply for enrollment in subsequent courses. Enrollment is open to eligible active and reserve officers in the Sea Services (Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) in the grade of O-3 and above. Active and reserve officers in other military services must be in the grade of O-4 and above to be eligible. Civilians in the grade of GS-11 and equivalent or above are also eligible and through CNO agreement, selected staff members in the federal Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary branches are also eligible. All applicants must possess a Baccalaureate Degree. Seminars meet one evening per week (34 times per year) for 3 hours per night from nominally the first week in September through the second week in May, under the direction of a Naval War College adjunct faculty member. From time to time, formal presentations are delivered by resident faculty members from Newport and by visiting professors from colleges and universities around the world. The seminars are conducted at the graduate level and require appropriate initiative, research, writing, and oral commentary on the part of each student. Students must coordinate and arrange for absences and delays with the faculty member in advance. Students are advised that all delinquencies must be resolved prior to the end of the academic year. Students unable to meet that deadline must request an extension, in advance, from the Director, College of Distance Education. All work not completed before classes end must be submitted to the College of Distance Education for processing in Newport. In no event will an extension be granted beyond 1 August. No student with an "Incomplete" grade will be allowed to reenroll until the "Incomplete" is eliminated. A student unable to complete a course may receive credit for that work successfully completed. On a case basis, students may be enrolled in a subsequent academic year at the point at which they were previously withdrawn from a course as long as they maintain eligibility.
All graduating students are invited to attend the Current Strategy Forum (CSF) held annually in Newport, Rhode Island during the week of graduation, as well as graduation and other graduation week events.

Graduate Hour Credits

The Naval War College Fleet Seminar Program is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and awards graduate credits, indicated below, for successful completion of the following fleet seminar courses (for enrollees subsequent to 1 March 1994): 

Strategy and War
7 Graduate Semester Hours
Theater Security Decision Making
7 Graduate Semester Hours
Joint Maritime Operations
7 Graduate Semester Hours



The College provides all study materials to the student on a loan basis. The administration and handling of materials varies depending on the enrollment location.
Students will receive information on procedures for receipt of materials when they are notified of their enrollment. Additional details will be provided by local area Liaison Officers. Unless advised otherwise, students who transfer during the year and intend to continue their enrollment for that academic year in a fleet seminar at their new duty station will retain their material and will turn in required course material at the end of the academic year from their new location.
Students will be billed for replacement of unreturned materials and no student will receive credit for a course until all materials have been returned. Many students wish to purchase their course materials, however; regulations preclude direct purchase of this government property. Most bookstores, including the Naval War College Bookstore, can obtain the textbooks for you. Requests should be addressed to:


Naval War College Bookstore
686 Cushing Road
Newport, RI 02841-1207
Telephone: (401) 841-1281


Enrollment Procedures

Application for Academic Year 2014-2015: The application for the Fleet Seminar Program is an online application. It opens on 1 April 2014 and closes on 30 June 2014 for classes that begin the week of 8 September 2014.  Review the Fleet Seminar Program details to ensure you are eligible for the program. The Fleet Seminar Program application is a multi-step process. Initial application submissions are reviewed to determine program eligibility. Following initial review, applicants will receive, via e-mail, instructions which will enable them to log in, review application data, and indicate course preferences. Please note that changes to personal information provided after initial application submission may result in additional eligibility review requirements. Enrollment selections will be made by NWC beginning in July. Enrollment selection notifications will be made in August for Fleet Seminar Program classes which will begin the week of 08 September 2014. Applications will remain under consideration for possible enrollment until the end of the add/drop period on 19 September 2014.


Comm: (401) 841-6519    DSN: 841-6519
FAX: (401) 841-2457


Note: Enrollment and subsequent administrative forms request certain information from potential students to facilitate enrollment or other processing in connection with program administration. Students are expected to keep the College informed regarding changes in their eligibility status, current address, phone number(s), e-mail addressee(s), parent command, and current CO/supervisor contact information.

Course Withdrawals

Withdrawal may be either voluntary or involuntary.
  • Students are encouraged to withdraw voluntarily when the constraints of time and circumstance preclude course completion. Requests should be in writing to the Program Manager in Newport (e-mail is sufficient) briefly stating the reasons for requesting withdrawal. These reasons for withdrawal are helpful in the review of administrative procedures and course content. Such withdrawals are without prejudice.
  • Involuntary withdrawals are initiated by the Naval War College as a result of student failure to meet deadlines or academic standards, fulfill attendance obligations, or (on a case basis) maintain eligibility. Prompt return of books and compliance with course deadlines is essential to ensure adequate availability of course materials for other students.


  • A student who voluntarily withdraws will be given consideration for reenrollment upon receipt of a written request.
  • In those cases of involuntary withdrawal, each request will be considered on its own merits. Reenrollment requests in this case must be by letter to the Director, College of Distance Education, U. S. Naval War College, including an explanation of circumstances involved.
  • In either case, credit may be given for satisfactorily completed prior work unless there has been a substantial revision in the interim, or an extensive delay since withdrawal.