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SUBJ/ACADEMIC YEAR 2021-2022 POLITICO-MILITARY MASTERS, SECDEF STRATEGIC
THINKERS, AND ARTHUR S. MOREAU PROGRAMS CALL FOR APPLICATIONS//
NARR/Ref A is OPNAVINST 1500.72G, Navy Politico-Military Fellowships,
Graduate Education Programs, and Community Sponsorships.
Ref B is OPNAVINST 1520.23C, Graduate Education.
Ref C is Directive-type Memorandum (DTM)-19-001, Establishment of the
Secretary of Defense Strategic Thinkers Program. Ref D is NAVADMIN 011/15,
Establishment of the Naval Strategy Subspecialty 2300X.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN solicits applications for the AY2021-2022
Politico-Military Master's (PMM), Secretary of Defense Strategic Thinkers
Program (SDSTP), and Arthur S. Moreau (ASM) degree programs, with classes
commencing Fall term 2021. Applications are due NLT September 11, 2020 to
Navy Personnel Command. The PMM program provides junior officers a graduate
education in strategy and politico-military affairs at leading civilian
universities. The PMM program is a key component of the Navy Strategic
Enterprise, educating naval strategists who will to be utilized in subsequent
strategy and policy-related billets. The SDSTP program is a one-year master's
program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International
Studies (JHU SAIS) campus in Washington, D.C. where students will develop
advanced analytical and strategic thinking skills. The ASM program is for
candidates seeking to complete a PhD or to achieve an 'All But Dissertation'
status in a politico-military related field. All three programs (PMM, SDSTP,
and ASM) satisfy the in-residence graduate education requirement for flag
eligibility. Additional program information is available at
a. PMM Eligibility. Active duty O3-O5 Unrestricted Line (URL) and
Restricted Line (RL) (1710, 1810, 1820, 1830) designated officers are
eligible. This includes O2's selected for O3 and who will be promoted prior
to the start of the academic year (July-August 2021). Preference will be
given to junior officers (O3-O4). Full Time Support (FTS) officers are not
eligible. Officers who have already participated in a Department of Defense-
funded graduate education program are not eligible. Those officers who
earned a degree through the Tuition Assistance Program or Service war college
retain their eligibility for PMM.
b. SDSTP Eligibility. Active duty O4-O6 URL and IWC officers are
eligible. FTS officers are not eligible. Completion of JPME I and graduation
in the top 20 percent of their JPME class is required. A minimum of ten
years service is required. Officers who have already participated in a
Department of Defense-funded graduate education programs are not
eligible. Those officers who earned a degree through the Tuition Assistance
Program or Service war college retain their eligibility for SDSTP.
c. ASM Eligibility. Active duty O4-O5, URL-only are eligible. This
includes O3s selected for O4 and who will be promoted prior to the start of
the academic year (July-August 2021). FTS officers are not eligible. ASM
candidates must already possess a master's degree from either the Naval
Postgraduate School or a civilian university in a politico-military related
field such as national security studies, naval strategy, strategic
intelligence, international relations, foreign affairs, regional pol-mil
studies, special operations and low intensity conflict, or homeland security
d. Program specifics. Per references (a), (b), and (c), eight (8)
officers will be selected for the one-year PMM program; two (2) officers (of
four selectees nominated to the Office of the Secretary of Defense) will be
selected for the SDSTP program; and one (1) officer may be selected for ASM
program. Selected officers in the PMM, SDSTP, and ASM programs will carry a
full academic load during the academic year.
For the PMM and ASM programs, the approved AY21-22 institutions and
associated degree programs are listed below. Other universities that meet the
Naval Strategy subspecialty (2300P) Educational Skills Requirements (ESRs)
for PMM and ASM will be considered on a case-by-case basis by OPNAV N7.
(1) Harvard University, Boston, MA.: Mid-Career Master
in Public Administration, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
(2) Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC.: Master of
International Public Policy, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced
(3) Princeton University, Princeton, NJ: Master in
Public Policy (MPP) - International Relations, Princeton
School of Public and International Affairs.
(4) Tufts University, Medford, MA.: Master of Arts in
the Mid-Career Program at the Fletcher School of Law and
(5) University of California, San Diego (UCSD), San
Diego, CA.: Master of Advanced Studies in International
Affairs (MAS-IA), School of Global Policy and Strategy.
(6) University of Chicago, Chicago, Il.: Master of Arts
in International Relations at the Committee on International
(7) University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.: Master of Arts
in Foreign Affairs (International Relations) in the Graduate
School of Arts and Sciences, Woodrow Wilson Department of
(8) University of Washington, Seattle, WA.: Master of Arts in
Applied International Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of
e. Per reference (d), PMM URL graduates will earn the 2300P Naval
Strategy subspecialty and the 24A Additional Qualification Designator Code
(AQD) codes. SDSTP URL graduates will earn the 2300P Naval Strategy
subspecialty code and the 223 AQD code. SDSTP IWC graduates will earn the
2000P subspecialty code and the 223 AQD code. ASM graduates will earn either
the 2300P or the 2300D Naval Strategy subspecialty code and the 24B AQD.
The Education Plan (EP) for URL PMM and ASM officers must be in full
compliance with the 2300P ESRs. Restricted Line PMM graduates will earn the
2000P National Security Studies subspecialty code and the 24A AQD. The EP for
RL officers must be in compliance with the National Security Studies
subspecialty 2000P ESRs. Details of the 2300P and 2000P ESRs can be found
f. Service obligation. PMM and ASM graduates incur a service obligation
equal to three times (3x) the number of months in the education program, up
to 36 months total. URL PMM and ASM graduates will serve at least one tour
in a validated strategy subspecialty billet in either politico-military
affairs or strategy and policy, subject to career timing and on a not-to-
interfere basis with their command or milestone tours. SDSTP graduates will
incur a service obligation of a minimum of 24 months following completion of
the SDSTP program. Upon graduation, SDSTP students will be considered for
follow-on assignments that utilize their special knowledge and skills gained
through the completion of the program.
2. Application Procedures and Timeline.
a. Candidates for the PMM and ASM programs must apply to both the Navy
and to the university. Acceptance into the PMM or ASM program by the Navy
does not equal acceptance by the school. Applications to the Navy require a
personal statement to the board, a curriculum vitae, biography, and
endorsements from both the commanding officer and the detailer. Submission of
official undergraduate/graduate transcripts (as appropriate) and GRE/GMAT
scores to the Navy selection board is highly encouraged, but not required. A
sample PMM/ASM application package is found at reference (a), enclosure (1).
b. Applications to the school vary according to each school's specific
requirements. When completing the university application, prospective
students should state that they are a Navy-funded PMM or ASM post-master's
candidate. Candidates must verify that they meet each university's work
experience requirements and are advised to apply to at least three schools.
c. Officers may apply for SDSTP only, but those applying for PMM who meet
eligibility criteria in reference (c) are encouraged to also apply for
SDSTP. If selected for PMM, these officers will be contacted and offered the
opportunity to complete the separate SDSTP application process through OSD.
Should the PMM-selected officer subsequently not be selected for SDSTP, the
officer will retain a guaranteed seat in the PMM program.
d. Applications are due to Navy Personnel Command NLT 11 September
2020. All supplemental information to the board, to include GRE scores and
letters of recommendation, must be received NLT 29 October 2020. The
selection board will convene in December 2020 and results will be announced
in December 2020.
e. Interested officers should submit applications via encrypted email to
email@example.com or, if encrypted email is unavailable, by
Navy Personnel Command
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN 38005
Before submitting, ensure that all copies are clear, legible, and properly
3. Points of Contact:
a. OPNAV: Mr. Edward Fay, N712B; DSN 260-4782 or Comm: 571-256-4782;
b. OPNAV: David Loneman, N712; DSN 225-5461 or Comm: 703-695-5461;
c. NAVPERSCOM: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Released by Vice Admiral S. B. Munsch, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
for Warfighting Development (N7)//