U.S. Naval War College offers distance education

Located  in Newport, Rhode Island, the U.S. Naval War College offers long distance education courses for military officers and federal employees. And recently, it has also started a pilot program offering courses to military spouses.

“Not everybody can physically come to the Naval War College and attend in residence,” said Timothy Garrold, deputy director of the College of Distant Education (CDE). Understanding the situation of having many qualified students in Newport and a very finite number of seats available, CDE greatly expands the opportunity for people to get this education, and share the NWC experience.

The College of Distant Education at the war college offers three main courses, which includes Strategy and War, Theater Security Decision Making, and Joint Maritime Operations. Upon completion of these courses you will be eligible for a diploma degree.

A multitude of ways for students to complete coursework is provided at the War College, while recognizing the diversity of technical fields and global deployments of its student body. The Fleet Seminar Program, which are mostly faculty led at various U.S. installations, uses CD-ROM or web based applications to teach students. The students can attend these sessions or attend courses at the Navy Post Graduate School in Monterey, California.

The CDE has been majorly beneficial to students who are working as well as studying. “The resident course is great, but CDE allows me to do my job as a lawyer and still better my education,” Capt. Todd Gaston, a Marine Corps officer said.

Recently, The Naval War college has also started a pilot program, offering select lectures for the spouses of military service members, faculty, and staff.

The series of lectures titled as “Issues in National Security,” was developed with the interest expressed by the spouses, partners and significant others of the institution’s student body. What instigate them to start with these lectures, is the student’s concerning relatives wanted to get a better understanding of what his or her student was experiencing at college. The topics included in the lecture series are Iran nuclear deal, U.S. naval power in the Pacific, civil-military relations, ISIS, also the conflict in the Middle East.

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