How will the Naval Reserve respond to the challenges created by the cuts in the Defense Department's budget? What kinds of things is the Naval Reserve doing now that are not well understood or appreciated? In what ways can the Naval Reserve do more to contribute to the Navy's mission?

To help commemorate the Naval Reserve's 75th Anniversary and stimulate thinking to answer these and other questions facing the Naval Reserve, the U. S. Naval Institute is sponsoring an essay contest.

The Naval Institute will award cash prizes of $1,000, $750, and $500 to the authors of the top three essays. If you don't have 3,500 words, write a 1,000–2,000 word opinion piece or professional note.

Contest Rules

  1. Essays must be original and no longer than 3,500 words.
  2. All entries should be directed to Editor-in-Chief, Proceedings (Naval Reserve Contest), U. S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland 21402.
  3. Essays must be postmarked by 15 March 1990.
  4. Letters notifying the three award winners will be mailed on or about 1 May 1990.
  5. All essays should be typewritten, double-spaced, on 81/2" x 11" paper. Please include address, phone number, biographical sketch, and social security number with entries.
  6. The Naval Institute will publish the winning essays in Proceedings. The Editorial Board may select other entries not awarded prizes for publication. The authors of these pieces will be compensated at regular rates.
  7. The Naval Institute Editorial Board will judge the competition.

Selected Submissions

Commander John M. Kirby, U.S. Naval Reserve
First Honorable Mention
Commander Gretchen G. Grover, U.S. Naval Reserve
Second Honorable Mention
Captain Harlan B. Miller, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
Sponsored by
the U.S. Naval Institute

Previous Winners