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Leadership, Education, and Development (LEAD) Master's Program

 
The LEAD Master’s Program provides graduate education and preparation for talented, highly qualified URL officers to serve as company officers at the United States Naval Academy and for continued future service in the Navy.  Officers selected for this fully-funded Professional Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in leadership education and development will attend the Naval Postgraduate School with a required two-year follow-on commitment as a company officer at USNA. Officers will be stationed in Annapolis, Maryland for the duration of their tour, completing the PMBA via a blended learning approach consisting of distance learning courses, in-residence courses taught at USNA, and two accelerated one-week courses taught at NPS. There is also a requirement for 3 years of Active Duty service upon obtaining the PMBA.   Additional information on the LEAD Master’s Program can be found at https://www.usna.edu/LEAD/Lead-Masters-Program/index.php.
 
Interested Officers should submit:

-      A completed application, forwarded to your cognizant detailer.  A sample can be found at https://www.usna.edu/LEAD/Lead-Masters-Program/LEAD-Program-Application.php
-      A personal statement that specifically addresses the reason for your application to the LEAD program to include how the program fits into your career goals and your expectations with respect to the program.
-      An unofficial copy of all Undergraduate or Graduate transcripts.
-      Last 3 Fitness Reports.
-      Chain of Command endorsement.
-      Additional letters of recommendation (desired, not required; academic references encouraged).
-      A GRE is NOT required for this program but scores are an optional supplement to application materials.
 
Deadline: Applications for FY21 participants must be submitted to detailers no later than 30 October 2020.  All packages will be vetted by detailers to ensure your career timing aligns with the program.  Community specific eligible year groups (YG) and additional eligibility requirements are:
 
Surface
 
Eligible YG: YG 17 and select YG 16.
 
YG 17 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 are eligible. Select YG 16 Surface Warfare Officers may be eligible depending on career timing. Nuclear trained officers are also eligible for the LEAD Master’s program. Due to the specific nature of their career timing, it is understood that they will rotate earlier than 36 months for DH school. All YG 16 and 17 officers should contact their respective PERS-41 Junior Officer (JO) Detailer to determine their timeline to Department Head School.
 
Eligible officers would normally compete for USNA LEAD Master’s Program nominations via the PERS-41 Talent Management Board (TMB). However, the TMB is complete for FY21. If officers are interested, they should reach out to their detailers to determine if they are eligible for a nomination to the program. If nominated, a DH Retention Bonus (DHRB) contract must be received prior to an official application being submitted. PERS-41 JO Detailers will assist the officers with their submission of the package.
 
Submarine
 
Eligible YG:  YG16-18.
 
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 department head tour are required following completion of USNA assignment.
 
For this FY21 execution, officers should contact PERS-421C if they are interested in pursuing this program.
 
Following this FY21, Eligible officers will compete for nominations via the August PERS-42 Talent Management Board.  Submission requirements for the PERS-42 Talent Management Board should include the materials listed in this message and be IAW the instructions found on the PERS-42 website. The Junior Officer Shore Tour Detailer will work with each applicant to ensure all materials are included in the application package.
 
A Nuclear Officer Incentive Pay contract must be submitted immediately upon selection to the program.  SOAC attendance and the successful completion of a DH tour as defined by PERS-42 is required following the completion of USNA assignment.
 
Aviation
 
Eligible:  Aviators established in their first sea tour with PRDs from May 2021 to Dec 2021
 
Eligible officers will compete for USNA LEAD Master’s Program 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.
 
Special Warfare
 
Eligible YG:  No restriction.
 
Prospective applicants must first reach out to the NSW Junior Officer Detailer to confirm eligibility. They then must apply and receive an endorsement by the Naval Special Warfare Education Screening Panel. If eligible, a Naval Special Warfare Officer Continuation Pay contract for the maximum term length must be submitted immediately upon selection.  The successful completion of a Department Head tour as defined by PERS-415 is required following the completion of USNA assignment.
 
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
 
Eligible YG:  YG13-15.
 
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.
 
*NOTE: If selected to the LEAD Master’s Program and servicemember opts to accept orders, it will incur a term of obligated service (OBLISERV) to remain on active duty for three years following completion of the educational portion of the LEAD program. The service obligation is discharged concurrently with any other service obligation already incurred. The specific terms should be confirmed with your community detailer and will be explicitly outlined in the details of your written PCS orders.
 
 
For program application questions, please contact your detailer or PERS-443.

 
Graduate Education Plus Teaching (GE+T) Program
 
The GET program provides approximately 12 months of graduate education directly followed by a two-academic-year teaching assignment at USNA as an officer-instructor, resulting in a 36-month combined tour.

Potential disciplines and school options for the coming year include:
     - Electrical or computer engineering (NPS preferred; University of Maryland; University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
     - Mechanical Engineering (NPS preferred; University of Maryland)
     - Computer Science (NPS preferred; University of Maryland; University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
     - Cyber Science, Cyber Operations, or computer networks (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
     - Chemistry (University of Maryland)
     - Mathematics, statistics, or operations research (NPS preferred; George Mason University)
     - Physics (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
     - English (University of Maryland; St. John's College)
     - History (George Mason University; St. John's College)

Interested officers must:
     - Complete an application and forward to your cognizant detailer (see additional community guidance below).  A sample can be found at http://www.usna.edu/Academics/Faculty-Information/Faculty-Officer-Opportunities.php.  The application package must include:
     - Completed application page (fillable version found at the website above).
     - Official photo (taken within the past 12 months).
     - Personal statement that specifically addresses the reason for the Personal statement that specifically addresses the reason for the application to the GET program, how the program fits into your career goals, and your expectations with respect to the program.
     - Biography (follow the format provided on the website above).
     - All higher education transcripts.
     - Chain of command endorsement.
     - Copy of performance summary record, officer summary record and last five fitness reports.
     - Additional letters of recommendation (desired, not required).
Applications for FY21 participants must be submitted to detailers no later than 02 October 2020.  All packages will be vetted by detailers to ensure your career timing aligns with the program.  Community specific eligible year groups (YG) and additional eligibility requirements are:
 
Surface

Eligible YG: YG 17 and select YG 16.

YG 17 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 are eligible. Select YG 16 Surface Warfare Officers may be eligible depending on career timing. Nuclear trained officers are also eligible for the GE+T program. Due to the specific nature of their career timing, it is understood that they will rotate earlier than 36 months for DH school. All YG 16 and 17 officers should contact their respective PERS-41 Junior Officer (JO) Detailer to determine their timeline to Department Head School.
Eligible officers will compete for USNA GET nominations via the PERS-41 Talent Management Board (TMB). If nominated through the TMB, a DH Retention Bonus (DHRB) contract must be received prior to an official online application being submitted. PERS-41 JO Detailers will assist the officers with their submission of the online nomination package.

Submarine

Eligible YG:  YG16-17.

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 department head tour are required following completion of USNA assignment.
Eligible officers will compete for nominations via the PERS-42 Talent Management Board.  Submission requirements for the PERS-42 Talent Management Board should include the materials listed in this message and be IAW the instructions found on the PERS-42 website. The Junior Officer Shore Tour Detailer will work with each applicant to ensure all materials are included in the application package.

A Nuclear Officer Incentive Pay contract must be submitted immediately upon selection to the program.  SOAC attendance and the successful completion of a DH tour as defined by PERS-42 is required following the completion of USNA assignment.

Aviation

Eligible:  Aviators established in their first sea tour with PRDs from May 2021 to Dec 2021

Eligible officers will compete for USNA GE+T 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.

Special Warfare

Eligible YG:  No restriction.

Prospective applicants must receive an endorsement by the Naval Special Warfare Education Screening Panel. If eligible, a Naval Special Warfare Officer Continuation Pay contract for the maximum term length must be submitted immediately upon selection.  The successful completion of a Department Head tour as defined by PERS-415 is required following the completion of USNA assignment.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)

Eligible YG:  YG14-15.

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.
 
For program application questions, please contact your detailer or PERS-443.
 
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