2018 CNO NAVAL HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST
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RMKS/1. The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) is announcing the 2018
CNO Naval History Essay Contest and calling for submission of papers
by 30 June 2018. The Director, Naval History and Heritage Command
(NHHC) will serve as the Navy’s lead for the contest with the
support of the United States Naval Institute (USNI) which has
executed essay contests since 1879, and with additional assistance
from the Superintendent, United States Naval Academy (USNA),
President, Naval War College (NWC), and President, Naval
Postgraduate School (NPS).
2. The Challenge: The Sea Services have a rich history. History
informs our modern understanding on multiple fronts to
include: people, battles, strategy, tactics, leadership, values,
and traditions. The CNO invites you to write on a naval history
topic of your choice that relates a lesson(s) from history that
applies to establishing and maintaining maritime superiority in
today’s environment as discussed in reference (a).
3. CNO’s Intent: Inspire, insight, and dialog from across the
widest spectrum of academic, operational, military, and civilian
personnel both from within the Sea Services and among those with a
sincere interest in the history of the Sea Services.
4. Two categories of entrants may participate in the CNO Naval
History Essay Contests:
a. Professional Category: History curators, history archivists,
historians, history professors, and persons with history-related
b. Rising Category: U.S. Sea-Service active, reserve, retired,
and civilian personnel not included in the above criteria.
5. The following requirements apply to 2018 CNO Naval History Essay
a. Word count: 3,500-word maximum (excludes footnotes/endnotes
b. Submit essays via email to: cnoessaycontest(AT)usni.org
c. Submission deadline: 30 June 2018
d. Include your essay’s title in the subject line of email.
e. All essays will be judged in the blind. Include word count
on title page of essay, but do not include your name on title page
or within essay.
f. Provide a separate attachment that includes biography, phone
number, and mailing address.
g. For more details about this contest, please visit
6. Six winners (first, second, and third place from both categories)
will be selected and receive the following:
a. Hosted travel orders to meet the CNO and present their papers
to CNO, Director, Navy Staff, and other Senior Flag Officers at an
b. Cash Prizes provided by the U.S. Naval Institute:
(1) First Prize – $5,000
(2) Second Prize – $2500
(3) Third Prize – $1500
c. Prize Winners will be published in Proceedings, Naval History
magazine and/or on the NHHC website. Other essays may also be
selected for publication.
d. A piece of copper plating from USS CONSTITUTION.
e. Recognition on NHHC’s website.
f. A one-year membership in the USNI and a one-year subscription
to Naval History magazine.
a. Director, NHHC is assigned overall responsibility for the
planning and coordination of the 2018 CNO Naval History Essay
b. Director, NHHC will coordinate the following with the U.S.
(1) Develop judging criteria.
(2) Coordinate judging panel which will include judges from
the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations staff, Naval Institute’s
History Advisory Board, USNA, NWC, and NPS.
(3) Receive and acknowledge each entry.
(4) Forward all essays to the judging panel.
(5) Coordinate announcing the six winners.
(6) Coordinate for an appropriate prize presentation.
(7) Publish selected essays.
(8) Capture lessons learned.
c. Superintendent, USNA, shall provide two senior staff members
to serve on the judging panels.
d. President, NWC, shall provide two senior staff members to
serve on the judging panels.
e. President, NPS, shall provide two senior staff members to
serve on the judging panels.
8. For questions pertaining to this message and the execution of the
2018 CNO Naval History Essay Contest, please contact Ms. Meghan
Cunningham via phone: (202) 433-2331 or email:
meghan.cunningham(AT)navy.mil. For advice and guidance on writing
essays, contact Ms. Jaci Day via email: jday(AT)usni.org.
9.Released by Vice Admiral K. M. Donegan, Director, Navy Staff.//
Good Luck to all!!