U.S. and international flags representing countries at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) fly during graduation day at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.
U.S. and international flags representing countries at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) fly during graduation day at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island. One-thousand five-hundred eighteen joint military, civilian, and international students graduated from the NWC, June 20, and were recognized for their achievements during the ceremony. Graduating students received either a NWC diploma or a Master’s of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl/Released)

International Maritime Staff Operators Course

The International Maritime Staff Operator Course (I-MSOC) is a twelve week course to provide international naval officers the skills needed to support the planning and execution of maritime operations and integrate with existing operational planning teams. Students will engage in practical exercises, presentations, and written briefs that will help instill the requisite skills to support a multinational maritime component commander in a Maritime Operations Center (MOC).

What to Expect

The course is conducted in a seminar format augmented by team planning exercises, tabletop discussions, case studies, and on-site visits. Free wireless internet is available within on-base accommodations, classrooms and at the cyber café on base.

Additional pre-course information will be distributed via APAN. Please go to www.apan.org and click on the “Create Account” link. Once you have joined you will receive an invitation to join the IMSOC group.

Passports and Visas

You will need to obtain a U.S. entry visa from the U.S. Embassy in your country. Because you will be representing your government, your visa “A-2” category (“NATO-2” for students from NATO countries). To avoid difficult renewal problems, ensure your passports will be valid for the entire time you will be in the United States and make sure your visa is a “Multiple Entry” visa, valid for the same period.

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Invitational Travel Orders (ITO)

The designated U.S. military representative in your country will issue Invitational Travel Orders to you. You need the original and 3 copies of your ITO when you report to the Naval War College. Ensure all blocks on your ITO are completed before leaving the U.S. representative in your country. Make Sure:

  • The inclusive dates are correct to include your specific arrival and departure dates. For example, 31 March 2019 to 26 June 2019.
  • The visa codes are appropriately marked as described above.
  • Medical coverage is completely understood by you.

Medical Insurance Coverage

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Medical/Dental Information

Excellent medical and dental care is readily available in the United States, but it is expensive.

Naval Health Clinic New England (NHCNE) provides outpatient care to military members. Your ITO must, however, show that you have medical coverage or you cannot be seen at NHCNE.

NHCNE Location

There are also several fine civilian clinics and a major civilian hospital in the area. Numerous civilian doctors and dentists practice in the local Newport area. We also have an agreement with the Newport Hospital for any service or specialty that NHCNE may not be able to provide.

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Treatment for International Military Students

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Newport, RI and Attire Policy

Weather in Newport

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Informal Attire, Casual Attire, Athletic Attire, and Civilian Clothing

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Uniform Replacement

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Getting Around

If required Rental Car companies are available locally, each driver is required to have a valid driver’s license at all times when driving. The easiest way to meet this requirement is to bring your valid driver’s license from your home country. You do not have to obtain a Rhode Island license. Obtaining a Rhode Island driver’s license is a lengthy and costly process.

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International Maritime Staff Operators Course Overview

The International Maritime Staff Operator Course(I-MSOC) was jointly designed by the United States Naval War College International Programs and the College of Maritime Operational Warfare, to teach international students the fundamental concepts and processes necessary to support a multinational maritime component commander at the operational level of war.

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Professional Military Education Courses

CMOW aims to improve the capability of Navy commanders to lead maritime, joint, and multinational forces as well as improve the capability of Navy staff members to plan, execute, and assess and to function cohesively as a maritime operations center.

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Sims Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

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