This NAVADMIN announces application procedures for the FY-18

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-18 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 George Washington University in Washington DC, with a required 2 year follow-on commitment as a company officer at USNA in Annapolis. Officers attend classes at George Washington University and the Naval Academy.

Additional information can be found on the USNA website at http://www.usna.edu/lead/lead-masters-program/.

Community specific eligible year groups (YG) and additional eligibility requirements follow:

  • Surface:
    • Eligible YG: YG14 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 YG13 surface warfare officers may be eligible depending on career timing and current shore duty assignment. Nuclear trained officers are also eligible for the LEAD Program. 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 YG13 and YG14 officers should contact their respective Surface Warfare Officer Assignment Division (PERS-41) junior officer detailer to determine their timeline to DH school.
    • 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.
    • A DH retention bonus contract must be submitted immediately upon selection for the LEAD program. DH school attendance and the successful completion of two department head tours as defined by PERS-41 is required following the completion of USNA assignment.
  • Submarine:
    • Eligible YG: YG13
    • Submarine and Nuclear Officer Assignment 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.
    • Eligible officers will compete for USNA LEAD nominations via the PERS-42 Talent Management Board. PERS-42 junior officer shore detailer 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.
    • A Nuclear Officer Incentive Pay contract must be submitted immediately upon selection for the LEAD program. SOAC attendance and the successful completion of a department head tour as defined by PERS-42 is required following the completion of USNA assignment.
  • Aviation:
    • Eligible YG: YG11-13 (eligible for first shore tour)
    • Satisfactory Aviation Officer Assignment Division (PERS-43) evaluation.
  • Special Warfare:
    • Eligible YG: No restriction
    • Completed SEAL Platoon Commander, signed the Naval Special Warfare Officer Continuation Pay, and satisfactorily screened by Special Warfare Distribution Branch (PERS-415).
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD):
    • Eligible YG: YG11-13
    • Completed EOD Department Head Qualification, signed the Lieutenant EOD Officer Retention Bonus, and satisfactorily screened by EOD Officer Assignment and Placement (PERS-416).
  • Interested officers must:
    • Complete an application and forward to respective detailer. A sample can be found at http://www.usna.edu/lead/lead-masters-program/. The application package must include:
      • Completed application page (PDF fillable version found at the website above).
      • Official photo (taken within the past 12 months).
      • 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.
      • Biography (following the format provided at the website above).
      • All higher education transcripts.
      • Copy of Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores taken within the last 5 years (or statement explaining why you are unable to take the GRE such as deployment or operational commitments).
      • Chain of command endorsement.
      • Copy of performance summary record, officer summary record and last five fitness reports.
      • Additional professional and academic letters of recommendation (desired, not required).
    • Provide additional original transcripts from all college and/or graduate education to:

    LEAD Masters Program Manager
    112 Cooper Road Mail Stop 7-C
    Annapolis Maryland 21402-1305

    • This is in addition to the transcripts required for the application.
      • 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.
    • Timeline:
      • 02 October 2017: application packages due to detailers.
      • 01 November 2017: nominees forwarded to USNA for selection/approval.
      • 01 December 2017: USNA selection board complete, results forwarded to Graduate Education and Training Placement Division (PERS-443).
      • 15 December 2017: no later than date for applicants informed of selection/non-selection.
      • 01 May 2018: report date for selected individuals. Classes begin mid-May 2018.
    • Points of contact are LCDR Ian Lopez who can be reached at (901) 874- 4067/DSN 882, fax at (901) 874-2676, or via e-mail at ian.lopez(at)navy.mil and LCDR Alex Dietrich who can be reached at (410) 293-6029/DSN 281 or via e- mail at adietric(at)usna.edu.
    • Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//

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