Eligibility U.S. military officers ordered to the August convening of the College of Naval Command and Staff are eligible for the 13-month Maritime Advanced Warfighting School. U.S. Navy officers are selected from the slate of unrestricted line warfare, Information Operations, Intelligence, and Supply Corps officers ordered to the CNC&S. Coast Guard, Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force officers are selected via consultation with their respective senior service advisors at the Naval War College.
Location & Duration MAWS is a 13-month in-residence program offered at the Naval War College in Newport, RI.
Learning Format MAWS students participate in the CNC&S core courses and expanded electives, delivered in seminar format. This is augmented by a three-month planning exercise, as well as joint and interagency interface opportunities consisting of modules taught by visiting experts, and travel to other sites, including Navy operational commands, for exercises, wargames, and even temporary assignments to Operational Planning Teams (OPTs).
Outcome MAWS graduates receive the NWC diploma, M.A. in Defense and Strategic Studies, and certification of JPME Phase I completion. The Naval War College awards joint operational planner designation to MAWS non-Navy graduates for translation into the appropriate service-specific codes. Graduates receive Additional Qualification Designation (AQD) “JP-1.” This AQD is also awarded to Navy graduates of the other advanced warfighting schools (SAMS, SAW, SAASS, and JAWS). Navy officers who attend MAWS or another advanced warfighting school, and then complete operational planner assignments, receive AQD upgrade from “JP-1” to “JP-3.