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NAVADMIN 050/22 
POC/Dr. Peter D. Haynes, Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret.)//LOC: WASHINGTON, 
DC/EMAIL: peter.d.haynes.civ@us.navy.mil// 
RMKS/1.  The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) announces the 2022 CNO Naval 
History Essay Contest and calls for the submission of papers no later than 
31 May 2022. 
2.  The Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) is the lead for the contest 
and the U.S. Naval Institute (which has been sponsoring essay contests since 
1878) is supporting. 
3.  The CNO invites entrants to submit essays that apply lessons from 
throughout naval history to establishing and maintaining maritime superiority 
in an era of great power competition. Entrants should consider that today's 
era is marked by: 
    a.  Determined and increasingly aggressive efforts by China and Russia to 
coordinate their respective instruments of power (e.g., economic, political, 
and military) to compete for commercial, geostrategic, political, and 
military advantage and access. 
    b.  Chinese and Russian expansion across the spectrum of military 
operations (competition, crisis, and contingency) and domains (sea, air, 
land, space, cyberspace, and electromagnetic spectrum). 
    c.  The rise of China as an economic and maritime power and the 
importance of the maritime domain as well as the need for the U.S. to 
integrate Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard operations and multi-domain 
operational concepts and capabilities. 
    d.  The increased importance of navies, sea control, and allies and 
partners in a globalized world where 90 percent of world trade (by volume)and 
information travels via the seas or undersea cables. 
    e.  The proliferation of advanced weaponry and the erosion of key U.S. 
technological advantages that make it difficult for the U.S. to project power 
to manage crises, deter aggression, and reassure allies and partners. 
    f.  Fundamental strategic and technological shifts and advances that 
promise to change the character and conduct of naval warfare and challenge 
the Navy's ability to adapt conceptually and materially. 
4.  CNOs Intent: Engage and leverage the intellectual talents of the members 
of the U.S. maritime services (i.e., the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard 
as well as the Merchant Marine) to provide insights and catalyze discussion 
on how to establish and maintain maritime superiority in an era of great 
power competition. 
5.  Eligibility. Based on feedback, the rules for entrant eligibility in both 
categories have changed. Essays will be accepted from entrants qualified in 
the Professional Category or the Rising Category. 
    a.  Professional Category: 
        (1) Historians, professors, history curators, archivists, and persons 
with history-related doctoral degrees; 
        (2) Authors of books on naval history (not including self-published 
works); or 
        (3) Civilians who have published articles in an established 
historical or naval journal or magazine. 
    b.  Rising Category: Those that do not fall in the Professional Category 
and are either: 
        (1) Active duty, reservists, veterans, and federal civilian personnel 
of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine; or 
        (2) Members of foreign militaries that have orders and are serving in 
an official billet in one of the above Services. 
6.  Submission Requirements: 
    a.  Deadline: 2359 Eastern Standard Time, 31 May 2022. 
    b.  Word Count: Excluding footnotes, endnotes, or sources, no more than 
3,500 words for Professional Category essays and no more than 3,000 words for 
Rising Category essays. 
    c.  Co-authoring: For the Rising Historian category, an essay may be 
co-authored, but both authors have to be qualified in the Rising Category. 
    d.  Submissions must be the authors or co-authors original work, neither 
previously published nor currently under consideration for publication, nor 
previously submitted to the CNO Naval History Essay Contest. 
    e.  Entrants may submit multiple essays, but the judging panel will 
select only one winning essay per entrant. 
    f.  Essays shall be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word 
attachment via the appropriate link: Professional Category 
contest-professional-historian) or Rising Category 
contest-rising-historian). When filling out the electronic form, 
the short biography should detail the authors or authors eligibility for the 
    g.  On the essays title page, include the word count (excluding 
footnotes/endnotes, and sources). Essays are judged in the blind; please do 
not include the name of the author or authors anywhere in 
the essay. 
7.  Essays will be judged on the following criteria: 
    a.  Relevance to the topic: Applying lessons from naval history to 
    establishing and maintaining maritime superiority in an era of great 
power competition; 
    b.  Readability; 
    c.  Thoroughness of research; 
    d.  Quality of insights based on historical events; 
    e.  Uniqueness and novelty of ideas presented. 
8.  All essays will be judged in the blind. A six-person panel will select 
the winning essay, the second-place essay, and the third-place essay for the 
Rising Category, while a different six-person panel will select the winning 
and runner-up essays in the Professional Category. 
9.  The winning authors will receive: 
    a.  Invitational travel orders to the 2022 CNO Naval History Essay 
Contest Awards Reception (to be determined) to meet the CNO and potentially 
present their papers. 
    b.  Cash prizes (courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute). (Note: cash 
prizes of co-authors will be split equally): 
        (1) First Place - $5,000 (both categories); 
        (2) Second Place - $2,500 (both categories); 
        (3) Third Place - $1,500 (Rising Category only). 
    c.  Publication of the essays in the U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings 
and Naval History periodicals (first-place essays) and on the NHHC website 
(all winning essays). Some non-winning essays may also be selected for 
    d.  Copper sheathing from USS CONSTITUTION (provided by NHHC). 
    e.  Recognition on NHHCs website. 
    f.  A one-year U.S. Naval Institute membership and a one-year 
subscription to Naval History magazine (courtesy of the U.S. Naval 
10.  Responsibilities: 
    a.  Director, NHHC shall: 
        (1) Coordinate receipt, acknowledgment, and blind judging of 
        (2) Nominate two senior staff members to serve as judges; one for 
each category. 
        (3) Coordinate with the Office of the Chief of Naval 
Operations(OPNAV), U.S. Naval Academy, Naval War College, Naval Postgraduate 
School, and the U.S. Naval Institute, each of which shall nominate two 
judges, one for each category; 
        (4) Coordinate announcing the contest winners; 
        (5) Coordinate the 2022 CNO Naval History Essay Contest Awards 
Reception with the U.S. Naval Institute and invitational travel for the 
winning authors; 
        (6) Coordinate publication of winning and selected essays; and 
        (7) Capture and forward lessons learned. 
11.  For more details about the contest, please visit 
https://www.history.navy.mil/get-involved/essay-contest.html or 
https://www.usni.org/essay-contests. For questions, please contact Dr. Pete 
Haynes, NHHC: email:peter.d.haynes.civ@us.navy.mil. For advice and 
guidance on writing essays, please email:essayquestions@usni.org. 
12.  Released by Mr. Andrew S. Haeuptle, Director, Navy Staff.//