Enlisted Essay Contest Second Place Winner, Sponsored by a Grant from Booz Allen Hamilton
In this era of blurred lines between enlisted and officer, it is time to unify the education of Sailors regardless of rank or grade. Toward this end, the U.S. Naval Academy must be the real Navy college for every Sailor. The precedent has been set. The examples are limited, but they are high profile. Enlisted personnel can succeed and excel in an academic environment previously reserved for officers. For example, the Naval War College counts among its alumni the current Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. It is possible for enlisted personnel to take distance- learning courses in both the Naval Postgraduate School to earn a certificate and attend the Naval War College to earn credit toward a master's degree in national security studies.
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