Leadership in the Sea Services: The Junior Officers' Perspective
The contest will focus on leadership and character and their roles in America's naval service, from the Revolution forward.
Leadership is a much discussed topic, hence this contest will address it from an unusual slant, first by confining itself to the views of junior officers, second by encouraging authors to answer questions along the following lines:
Call for Essays: The U.S. Naval Institute is calling for essays on the subject of leadership and character as described above under "The Challenge." Call for essays to appear in the September Proceedings, and online August 8.
Eligibility: Only junior officers, O-4 (LCDR/MAJOR) and below, from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard will be eligible to take part in the essay contest.
Deadline for Submission of Essays: October 31, 2014.
Length of Essays: Maximum 3,000 words.
Submission Process: Email essays by October 31, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review Process: A joint panel composed of Editorial Board members, outside subject experts, and Proceedings editorial staff members shall judge essays and choose winners.
Announcement of Winners: Winners will be selected before November 1 and announced online.
Publication of Winning Essay: December Proceedings and online December 3, 2014.
1st Prize: $5,000 and one year membership in USNI
2nd Prize: $2,500 and one year membership in USNI
3rd Prize: $1,500 and one year membership in USNI
Prize winners are honored as part of a recognition ceremony during the Naval Institute's Annual Meeting in April 2015 in Washington, D.C. We will also invite representatives of CACI and Dr. J.P. (Jack London) to be present to assist in the award presentations.
Essay contests have been central to the work of the Naval Institute for more than 130 years. They directly fulfill the Institute's educational mission by encouraging writing on issues of concern to the Sea Services. They provide thought-provoking articles that spur ongoing discussion of these same issues, not only in Naval Institute media, print and digital, but also in other leading defense and national security forums.