Fleet Seminar

Each year, more than 1,200 military and federal civilian professionals pursue leadership development at bases around the country through our Fleet Seminar Program.

Randy Forbes, senior distinguished fellow of U.S. Naval War College (NWC) Foundation and former representative, gives remarks to NWC students, staff, faculty and guests during his keynote address on sea power and national strategy during EMC Chair Symposium on Maritime Security, “Sea Control and Foreign Policy,” held at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.
Randy Forbes, senior distinguished fellow of U.S. Naval War College (NWC) Foundation and former representative, gives remarks to NWC students, staff, faculty and guests during his keynote address on sea power and national strategy during EMC Chair Symposium on Maritime Security, “Sea Control and Foreign Policy,” held at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island. 170407-N-RX668-071 NEWPORT, R.I. (April 7, 2017)

Naval War College, closer to home

Naval War College’s Fleet Seminar program allows senior officers the flexibility to fulfill Joint Professional Military Education Phase I credits or earn a master’s degree at a location closer to where they live or work. Led by adjunct and visiting NWC faculty members, our fleet seminars deliver the same quality content as found on our main campus.

About Fleet Seminar

Fleet seminars deliver our graduate-level coursework in three core areas:

  • Theater Security Decision Making - 7 credits
  • Strategy & War - 7 credits
  • Joint Maritime Operations - 7 credits

Students typically take one course per academic year, and can complete the entire program in about three years.

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Enrollment Requirements

Fleet Seminar courses are open to:

  • 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 at grade O-4 and above
  • select staff members of the federal, executive, and judiciary branches
  • CNO-CMCs are also eligible for enrollment

All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree, preferably from a regionally accredited institution. For more information please visit College of Distance Education.

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Application Procedure

You can apply online for the Fleet Seminar Program. The application process includes several steps, including verifying eligibility and indicating course preferences.

The application period typically opens in April of each year and closes in early June. Enrollment selection notifications are sent in July, and classes begin in September.

Course Availability

Locations and program availability changes from year to year, but typically classes are offered at nearly two dozen bases, from D.C. to Pearl Harbor.

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