Welcome Incoming Students, Class of November 2021

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Please Note: This story has been updated on September 9, 2020.

Congratulations on being selected to attend the U.S. Naval War College (NWC)! The NWC faculty and staff look forward to your arrival and the opportunity to get to know you and work with you during your time here.

NWC Student Registration

NWC student registration is due Friday, 2 October. Instructions for completing the registration were in the welcome aboard email you received from the Dean of Students office. If you did not receive that email or have questions please contact us (information below). Please fill out all the information requested to assist us in your registration.

Arrival to Newport

Official check-in to NWC will be done virtually. Once the electronic form is submitted, we will begin in-processing. Please do not physically come to the quarterdeck.

PCS Travel Restrictions

(Service and Command Dependent) A case-by-case basis waiver is not required to be exempt from the stop movement PCS travel restrictions. Per SECDEF memo from May 22 and NAVADMIN 168, section 2.B.7 the following circumstances are exempt from the stop movement travel restrictions: Travel to and from Professional Military Education Programs, defined by Navy as in-resident graduate education including in-resident Joint Professional Military Education (JPME).

Restriction of Movement (ROM)

ROM may be required upon your arrival to NWC. For your planning purposes, the state of Rhode Island self-quarantine requirements will be adhered to and you can expect to ROM if you meet those conditions. If you do not, ROM requirements will be on a cases by case basis. Expect further guidance from Dean of Students.

Collaboration Tools

Expect to utilize online collaboration tools during your time here. Some of the tools we use are Zoom, Blackboard, and Microsoft teams. If you are unfamiliar with these tools, please take the opportunity to learn about them. You will have access to the NWC Blackboard site on 6 October. Instructions were included in the welcome aboard email.


Q: Will ROM impact my report date? A: Please contact your Senior Service Advisor for more information as this is service dependent.

Q: Is NWC going to be entirely virtual? A: We are an in-resident program and are looking at all the possibilities to provide an in-resident education. Personal interaction is what makes the NWC experience fulfilling. While we may have to begin the semester virtually, our desire is to transition to some in-person interaction as soon as we can safely accomplish it. We are committed to the safety of our faculty and students.

Q: Have there been any changes to scheduled dates? A: We are planning for orientation 3 Nov – 5 Nov. The format for orientation is still being assessed, however most likely it will be a zoom webinar. Your academic classes will begin the 12th of November.

Contact Information

Dean of Students Office
(401) 841-3373

Naval Staff College Director
Captain Mike Marston

Naval Command College Director
Captain Will Shipp

International Military Student Officer
Ms. Vicky Garrold

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