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Naval Institute General Essay Contest For Inn

U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya

Naval Institute, NPS Foundation Seek Entries Into Essay Contest

By Javier Chagoya

The NPS Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Naval Institute, announced their annual NPSF/USNI Essay Contest open to all NPS students, faculty and staff. The jointly-sponsored contest, started in 2016, encourages the communication of critical thinking applied to issues of relevance to U.S. national security and the military profession.

NPS Foundation Executive Director Tim Callaham, whose organization already recognizes NPS student excellence through the Foundation’s sponsored awards program, says he knows there is a lot of competent, passionate writers on campus.

“We really want the call for essays to be a robust contest, and we can only have that when students submit papers. There are definitely enough military related issues out there to expound your thoughts about,” said Callaham.

For U.S. NPS students, the essays can be directly related to a thesis or recent operational experience. And for NPS faculty or staff members, the essays could address an issue of particular relevance to the military profession. All previously published essays are ineligible.

Only one winner from NPS will be selected to have his or her essay published in USNI’s prestigious Proceedings magazine, in addition to a $5,000 cash prize.

The contest deadline is March 31, 2018. For more information, check out the contest website.

By MC2 Brian H. Abel

U.S. Army Maj. Garrett Searle, middle left, holds the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) Essay Contest award received for his essay titled, "Beyond the Interagency Liaison: Integrated Campaigns Require Cross-Functional Teams." Searle was one of two NPS students recognized in the annual contest.

"I submitted an essay and was chosen as the second-place winner," said Searle. "The contest itself is jointly sponsored by JSOU, which is the Joint Special Operations University, and the National Defense Industrial Association, Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict Division, or NDIA/SOLIC."

Searle's essay was a narrative covering his time in a friendly West African nation, and how the U.S. cooperated with regional allies, providing assistance to overcome and defeat adversaries in modern political environments.

The theme of the 12th annual JSOU SOLIC essay contest was Special Operations Forces (SOF) requirements for coalition and interagency conflict/ operations. To be eligible for the essay contest, participants must be enrolled or have graduated from a Department of Defense sponsored Professional Military Education (PME) program or course within a year of the contest.

"The essays should be published within the next few months in a JSOU monograph," added Searle.