Here is a chance to stretch your intellectual muscles and expand your CV.

The 2021 CNO Essay contest is now underway.  Members of the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Merchant Marine are eligible to submit papers.

The CNO’s intent is to 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.

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.

There is also a cash prize (courtesy of USNI). (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).

More information about the contest can be found below.  Please let me know if you have any questions about it.

If you require more information, please contact K. Denise Rucker Krepp Director, Director’s Action Group (DAG), Naval History and Heritage Command at

Very Respectfully,
SM Harris, RADM USN Retired
President, NNOA