Current Essay Contests
2019 Naval and Maritime Photo Contest Banner

Naval and Maritime Photo Contest

After an eight-year hiatus, the Naval and Maritime Photo Contest returns. Open to all amateur and professional photographers.

Deadline: 30 September 2019

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2019 U.S. Naval Institute Leadership Essay Contest Banner

Leadership Essay Contest

The Challenge:

Leadership in the Sea Services: The Junior Officers’ Perspective

The 2019 Leadership Essay Contest focuses on the roles of leadership and character in America’s Sea Services. Junior officers (LCDR/Major and below) from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard are eligible to take part in the essay contest.

Deadline: 31 October 2019

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2019 Midshipmen and Cadets Essay Contest Promo

Midshipmen and Cadets Essay Contest

The Challenge:

This contest encourages Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard midshipmen, cadets, and officer candidates (Naval Academy, NROTC, Coast Guard Academy, Kings Point, and Officer Candidate Schools) to think and write about the challenges that face the Sea Services today and in the coming decade. Some questions to consider include: How can the different services partner in new ways to enhance national security? How will peer competition with China and Russia impact your Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine? What capabilities will tomorrow’s forces require that are not yet in the force? What could the Academies learn from NROTC or OCS and vice-versa? Are naval commissioning sources preparing future officers well for what lies ahead? And what lessons from the past should guide your futures?

Deadline: 31 October 2019

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