The Executive Level OLW Course (ELOC) is the second course in a series of three Professional Military Education courses conducted by the U.S. Naval War College for officers en route to numbered Fleet staffs. ELOC focuses at the senior leadership/staff principal (O-6) level and ensures the attendees are properly educated in and understand the intricacies of effectively supporting the Commander’s decision-making process and managing MOC resources.
The intent of the course is to fill the staff seniority gap between the Maritime Staff Operators Course (MSOC) and the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Course (JFMCC).
ELOC is a one-week course held three times a year at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. It is tailored for the numbered fleet O6 / staff principal / special staff assistant (COS, ACOS, MOC-D, Directors, SJA, PAO, Fleet Medical, etc). The primary target audience includes Active Component personnel and activated Reserve Component officers serving as principals to the numbered Fleet Commander.
Reserve Component personnel in numbered fleet/MOC supporting roles are encouraged to send in requests, but the RC quotas should be vetted/approved by the numbered Fleet they support (normally either via CoS and/or OSO).
Other service members and Navy civilians supporting operational staffs are encouraged to attend.
The course ensures senior staff officers understand:
1. Practices and procedures of operational-level staffs
2. Roles, relationships, and evolution of maritime C2 at the operational level of war
3. The challenges of managing MHQ and MOC resources (staff manning and decision authorities)
4. How to translate Commander’s vision and guidance into implementation