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Leadership, Education, and Development (LEAD) Program

The LEAD 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 and Marine Corps. Officers selected for this fully-funded master's program in leadership education and development attend a top-tier DC/Baltimore area University with a required two-year follow-on commitment as a company officer at USNA. Additional information on the LEAD program can be found at https://www.usna.edu/LEAD/Lead-Masters-Program/index.php.
 
The LEAD program's availability is still being determined for 2020 starts.  Please ensure that you have up to date contact information on MyNavy Education to ensure that you receive announcements regarding future offerings of this program.
 
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.
 
Available disciplines and school options for the coming year are:
 
- 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 FY20 participants must be submitted to detailers no later than 01 November 2019.  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:  YG16 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 YG15 surface warfare officers may be eligible depending on career timing and current shore duty assignment.  Nuclear trained officers are also eligible for the GET 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 YG15 and 16 officers should contact their respective Surface Warfare Distribution Branch (PERS-41) junior officer detailer to determine their timeline to DH school.
Eligible officers will compete for USNA GET 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.
A DH retention bonus contract must be submitted immediately upon selection for the GET program.  DH school attendance and the successful completion of two DH tours as defined by PERS-41 is required following the completion of USNA assignment.
Submarine

Eligible YG:  YG15-16.

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 thePERS-42 Talent Management Board.  Application materials required for the Talent Management Board are those listed in this NAVADMIN.
A Nuclear Officer Incentive Pay contract must be submitted immediately upon selection.  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 YG:  YG13-15 (eligible for first shore tour).

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 be screened by the department head board and education panel and have signed the Naval Special Warfare Officer Continuation Pay.  Applicants meeting these criteria will compete for Naval Special Warfare Distribution Branch (PERS-415) nominations based on their performance, academic qualifications, and suitability for the program.
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.
 
 
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