FY-19 UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY LEADERSHIP EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT MASTERS PROGRAM:
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SUBJ/FY-19 UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY LEADERSHIP EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces application procedures for the FY-19
Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Masters Program. The United
States Naval Academy (USNA) is seeking applications from motivated,
academically and professionally qualified unrestricted line officers for the
FY-19 LEAD Masters Program. Selected officers will serve as both company
officers and role models for our future naval officers. The USNA company
officer Masters Program is a unique opportunity for junior officers to
participate in a 36-month graduate education and leadership experience. The
program combines a fully-funded masters degree in leadership education and
development from The George Washington University (GWU) in Washington DC,
with a required two-year follow-on commitment as a company officer at USNA in
Annapolis, MD. Officers attend classes at GWU and the Naval Academy.
2. Additional information can be found on the USNA website at
3. Community specific eligible year groups (YG) and additional eligibility
a. Surface Warfare
(1) Eligible YG: YG15 surface warfare qualified officers who have
demonstrated superior performance at sea, have screened for department head
(DH) afloat, and who have the career timing to support a 36-month shore duty
assignment prior to their 7.5-year mark of commissioned service. Select YG14
surface warfare officers may be eligible depending on career timing and
current shore duty assignment. Nuclear trained officers are also eligible
however, due to the specific nature of their career timing, it is understood
that they will rotate earlier than 36 months for DH school timing. All
YG14 and 15 officers should contact their respective Surface Warfare Officer
Assignment Division (PERS-41) junior officer detailer to determine their
timeline to DH School.
(2) Eligible officers will compete for USNA LEAD nominations via the
PERS-41 Talent Management Board. PERS-41 junior officer detailers will
assist the nominated officers with their online nomination package
submission. All Talent Management Board details will be announced via
separate correspondence and support the timeline defined in this NAVADMIN.
(3) A DH Retention Bonus contract must be submitted immediately upon
selection for the LEAD Program. DH school attendance and the successful
completion of two DH tours as defined by PERS-41 is required following the
completion of USNA assignment.
(1) Eligible YG: YG14 and 15.
(2) Submarine Office Distribution Division (PERS-42) will review all
applications and recommend for selection top performing officers who can meet
Submarine Officers Advanced Course (SOAC) gate at 7.5 years of commissioned
service. SOAC attendance and completion of a DH tour is required following
completion of USNA assignment.
(3) Eligible officers will compete for nominations via the
PERS-42 Talent Management Board. Application materials required for the
Talent Management Board are those listed in this NAVADMIN.
(4) A Nuclear Officer Incentive Pay contract must be submitted
immediately upon selection. SOAC attendance and the successful completion of
a DH tour as defined by PERS-42 is required following the completion of USNA
(1) Eligible YG: YG12-14 (eligible for first shore tour).
(2) Eligible officers will compete for USNA LEAD nominations via an
Aviation Officer Assignment Division (PERS-43) Graduate Education Talent
Management Board. Primary criteria utilized for selection will be past
performance, qualifications, career timing, and community needs. Interested
officers should contact their respective PERS-43 detailer for assistance with
nomination package submission.
d. Special Warfare:
(1) Eligible YG: No restriction.
(2) Prospective applicants must be screened by the department head
board and education panel and have signed the Naval Special Warfare Officer
Continuation Pay. Applicants meeting these criteria will compete for Naval
Special Warfare Division (PERS-415) nominations based on their performance,
academic qualifications, and suitability for the program.
e. Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD):
(1) Eligible YG: YG12-14.
(2) Prospective applicants must have completed an EOD Company
Commander tour, be administratively board screened for EOD DH, and signed the
EOD Warfare Officer Retention Bonus. Applicants meeting these criteria will
compete for EOD Officer Assignment and Placement Division (PERS-416)
nominations based on their performance, academic qualifications, and
suitability for the program.
4. Interested officers must:
a. Complete an application and forward to respective detailer.
A sample can be found at https://www.usna.edu/LEAD/Lead-Masters-
Program/LEAD-Program-Application.php. The application package must
(1) Completed application page (PDF fillable version found at the
(2) Official photo (taken within the past 12 months).
(3) Personal statement that specifically addresses the reason for the
application to the LEAD Program, how the program fits into your career goals,
and your expectations with respect to the program.
(4) Biography (following the format provided at the website above).
(5) All higher education transcripts.
(6) Copy of graduate record examination (GRE) scores taken within the
last five years (or statement explaining why you are unable to take the GRE
such as deployment or operational commitments).
(7) Chain of command endorsement (required).
(8) Additional professional and academic letters of recommendation
(desired, not required).
(9) Copy of performance summary report, officer summary record, and
last five fitness reports.
b. Send additional original transcripts from all college and/or graduate
LEAD Masters Program Manager Mail
112 Cooper Road Stop 7-C
Annapolis, MD 21402-1305
This is in addition to the transcripts required for the application.
c. Communicate intentions to apply for this program to the cognizant
detailer to ensure adequate career timing. All applications will be vetted
through detailers to verify career timing impact.
a. 28 September 2018: Application packages due to detailers.
b. 2 November 2018: Applications forwarded to USNA for
c. 30 November 2018: USNA selection board complete; results forwarded
d. 14 December 2018: Expected latest notification date.
Selectees will have 14 calendar days from notification to formally accept or
decline the program.
e. 1 May 2019: Report date for selected individuals. Classes begin
6. Points of contact:
a. LCDR Kevin Yost at (901) 874-3996/DSN 882, or via e-mail at
b. LCDR Alex Dietrich at (410) 293-6029/DSN 281 or via e-mail at
7. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//