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NARR//CHUSMLO Bridgetown please pass invitation to Saint Vincent and the 
Grenadines and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
AMEMBASSY Libreville please pass invitations to Gabon and Sao Tome and 

AMPN/REF A IS SECNAVINST 4950.4B, Joint Security Cooperation Education and 
Training (JSCET) MANUAL// POC/ Jeffrey Roman/OPNAV N52/LOC: Pentagon/
Email:  (703)614-9782/
DSN:  224-9782//
AKNLDG/YES/INST:  Request action addees acknowledge receipt via email to 

RMKS/1/ This message includes a letter from CNO to his counterparts inviting 
them to send students to the Naval War College in Newport to attend the Naval 
Staff College (NSC), and to announce the addition of the International War 
Game Course (IWGC) and continuance of the International Maritime Staff 
Operator's Course (IMSOC).  The purpose of this announcment is to make our 
partner navies aware of all these opportunities and allow them sufficient 
time to make students and resources available to take advantage of the course 

RMKS/2/Naval Staff College, International War Gaming Course and International 
Maritime Staff Operator Course.

1.  Request you convey the following invitation to CNO's counterpart on his 
behalf:  QUOTE Dear (rank and name), (para) It is my pleasure to invite you 
to send one or two qualified officers to the Naval Staff College(NSC) in 
Newport, Rhode Island.  The NSC is a 10-month course for intermediate-level 
naval officers beginning 19 July 2018.
Designed to prepare officers for the challenges of command and major staff 
duty, the course emphasizes naval operations and planning, with particular 
attention devoted to U.S. Navy doctrine and the broadened role of coalition 
operations in the current international security environment.  Students are 
introduced to the American way of life through field studies trips throughout 
the U.S. and close, personal contact with their American counterparts in 
class.  The presence of an officer from your service will help all of our 
students better understand your country, and add immeasurably to the 
friendship, confidence and trust enjoyed by this select group of future 

2.  I am also pleased to announce the addition of a new course at the Naval 
War College.  The initial International War Game Course (IWGC) is a 5 day 
course of instruction for 20 officers which will convene immediately 
following graduation of the NSC course in June 2018.  The IWGC will provide 
an introduction into the War Gaming management process that will enable 
international officers to conduct high quality research, analysis, gaming and 
education through the War Gaming analytical process.
Additionally, the International Maritime Staff Operators Course, designed to 
prepare mid-grade international naval officers to support the planning and 
execution of complex maritime operations in a coalition environment, will 
continue to deliver two courses per year in 2018 and 2019.  US doctrine is 
the predominate focus for the class; however, students will also be exposed 
to other multinational concepts and planning processes (UN, NATO, and 
Interagency).  The 12-week long course is executed in an interactive learning 
environment with real-world maritime scenarios and practical application of 
operational level combined maritime staff competencies.

3.  I sincerely hope you will send your most promising naval officers to 
Newport.  Warm regards, John Richardson,  Admiral, U.S. Navy.  UNQUOTE.

4.  The Naval Staff College convenes 19 July 2018 and ends on 21 June 2019.

5.  Request the following:
    a.  Advise CNO (N52) and NSC IMSO at, and, as well as Naval Education and Training Security 
Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) country program manager of host Navy's 
acceptance/non-acceptance of NSC NLT 1 March 2018.  Countries do not need to 
respond directly to the CNO.
    b.  The NSC will have a target class size of 60.  Nations may nominate a 
second student for enrollment.  The second NSC nominee will be placed on a 
waitlist until the nomination deadline of 1 March 2018 at which time 
additional students will be added in the order in which the responses were 
received, based on remaining seats available.
    c.  As soon as a student is designated, advise the NSC IMSO and the 
NETSAFA country program  manager of student's name, rank, and address.
    d.  Forward biographical data NLT 20 June 2018.  In order to fill out the 
travel information, you need to complete the Enrollment Form first.  This 
form will assign an "Entry ID#".  The student will need that to complete the 
travel info.  Below are links to both the Enrollment Form and Travel 
Enrollment Form:
Travel Info:
The email address for NSC is:

6.  Due to the prestige of this course, it is essential that the student 
report in the uniform of a Lieutenant or Lieutenant Commander for NSC.  This 
may involve frocking by the respective service.

7.  To achieve a high-quality experience at NSC, students must communicate in 
English.  An English Comprehension Level (ECL) examination score of 80 is the 
minimum for the student to appropriately integrate with peers, both 
professionally and socially in this demanding professional and academic 
The ECL requirement may not be waived.

8.  The course is intended for naval officers, but since the Naval War 
College (NWC) is a joint college, waivers for ground and air force officers 
will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Waivers for non-navy students must be justified by the appropriate Security 
Cooperation Office (SCO).

9.  Naval War College diplomas are awarded to graduates of the Naval Staff 
College.  A select group of qualifying NSC students will be offered the 
opportunity to complete a Master of Arts (MA) degree from NWC at no 
additional tuition cost.  The competitive selection criteria is based upon 
on-site testing, academic qualifications and English fluency.  For additional 
information, point of contact at NWC International programs is Mrs. Vicky 
Garrold at:  Phone 401-841-2010.
All international officers still receive some graduate level credits for 
courses completed at NWC which can be applied toward an MA degree at Salve 
Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.
Salve Regina charges tuition that must be borne by the student or their 
respective service.

10.  Security clearance requirements are provided in Ref A.
Student Invitational Travel Orders (ITO) must reflect U.S.
equivalent of security clearance granted by their government (see blocks 
11c(1) and 11c(2) of ITO).

11.  Estimated price programming data are in the Military Articles and 
Services List (MASL) The MASL is P171010 for NSC.
Please note that the course charges have been significantly reduced from 
previous years in hopes of easing financial burden on partner nations.  
Invitations are extended under Foreign Military Sales (FMS) or International 
Military Education And Training (IMET), as appropriate, to individual 
countries.  Under FMS, transportation and living expenses will be the 
responsibility of student/country concerned.  SCO shall ensure the method of 
funding has been coordinated with unified commands and NETSAFA before 
extending the invitation to the appropriate country representative.

12.  Reporting Date:  No earlier than 12 July 2018 and no later than
18 July 2018. Please note that personnel support services and base housing 
will not be availabe to students who arrive earlier than the report date 
noted on their orders, as students cannot be allowed on the base outside of 
these dates.  Students should be instructed to arrive in Providence, Rhode 
Island (T.F. Green Airport/PVD), where a NWC Representative will meet them.  
This service will not be made available to any airport other than T.F. Green. 
To facilitate arrival logistics, please provide NWC with the student travel 
itinerary as soon as it becomes final.  Point of contact at NWC International 
programs is Mrs. Vicky Garrold at:
Phone 401-841-2010.

13.  The cost of living in Newport is high.  IMET students should plan to 
defray all living expenses beyond the IMET living allowance.  Family 
government quarters will be made available on a first-come-first-served 
basis.  Students are encouraged to bring dependents, however, the U.S 
Government will not provide funding for dependents.  Students accompanied by 
dependents should have adequate funds to support the high cost of living in 
Newport, RI as well as dependent medical expenses.  All dependents MUST have 
medical insurance to accompany.  Medical costs in the U.S. are high.
Students accompanied by dependents must show proof of suitable U.S.
health care insurance for their dependents, to include pregnancy insurance, 
if applicable.  This is required before family will be listed on the 
student's Invitational Travel Order (ITO).

14.  Lodging: Unaccompanied officers may be accommodated at bachelor officer 
quarters on base or they may look for a residence in town.
SCOs and students are strongly encouraged to look at the student information 
on the NWC website at for the course calendar and other useful 

15.  Uniform:  Students should arrive in Newport with appropriate winter 
service dress uniform (country equivalent to the U.S. Navy's service dress 
blue), dinner/mess dress uniform (typically a tuxedo style uniform), summer 
service uniform (country equivalent to the U.S. Navy's summer white) and 
service uniform (equivalent to the U.S.
Navy's service khaki uniform.  Utility/camouflage and/or flight suits are 
acceptable).  Most classes are held in business casual attire referred to as 
dress shirt, dress slacks and dress shoes, no tie or jacket.  Additionally, 
several NSC social events require a coat and tie (or female equivalent).

16.  Request action addees extend invitations for course and advise whether 
countries accept/decline.  If declining, request Embassy/SCO/DAO indicate 
reason (e.g., lack of funds, no qualified candidates, country not interested 
this year).  Identify an invitee (name, rank, phone number, e-mail, and fax 
number) on each acceptance.  E-mail responses should indicate e-mail is 
official country team response and must be addressed to; 
(, OPNAV POC ( and 
appropriate NETSAFA country program manager.

17.  For additional information about the NSC, or the IMSOC program, SCOs are 
encouraged to consult the web page at then click on 
Academics & Programs/Programs Offered.  The e-mail address is or contact by e-mail at, or by 
calling commercial 401-841-2010.

18.  Released by VADM A. L. Lewis, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for 
Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5)//