Leaders in Action: Ordinary People Doing the Extraordinary
The Essay Contest is aligned with the 2014 Naval History Conference and the conference’s specific Focus. The Conference will trace historical examples of heroism as well as modern accounts of courage, perseverance and drive. The Essay Contest will draw from history to inform the present and future. Entrants are invited to submit an essay, in essence a case study, on a leader in action, an individual now deceased from one of the Sea Services, an ordinary individual who did the extraordinary. The essay should address how that individual’s historical, heroic role served the Nation and, if appropriate, the international community, and how that individual’s role informs current and future leaders.
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 USNI’s Recognition ceremony during the Naval Institute's Annual Meeting, or a similar high profile event. We will also invite representatives of the William M. Wood Foundation to be present to assist in the award presentation.
Essay contests have been central to the work of the Naval Institute for well over one hundred 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.