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UNDERSEA WARFARE MASTERS DEGREE OPPORTUNITY AT NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL FOR NAVY EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL (EOD) OPERATORS


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SUBJ/UNDERSEA WARFARE MASTERS DEGREE OPPORTUNITY AT NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL 
FOR NAVY EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL (EOD) OPERATORS// 
 
REF/A/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N7/051641ZMAY21// 
REF/B/DOC/OPNAV/17JAN20// 
REF/C/DOC/COMNAVPERSCOM/4MAY19// 
 
NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 089/21, FY-22 NAVY STRATEGIC EDUCATION ALIGNMENT 
PLAN.   
REF B IS OPNAVINST 1520.37B, GRADUATE EDUCATION VOUCHER PROGRAM.   
REF C IS MILPERSMAN ARTICLE 1306-106, TIME ON STATION (TOS) AND RETAINABILITY 
OBLIGATED SERVICE (OBLISERV)// 
 
RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN solicits enlisted Sailor applications for 
enrollment into the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) 24-month Master 
of Science in Undersea Warfare Program.  In line with references (a) 
and (b), this opportunity is one of many efforts to increase 
Explosive Ordnance Disposals Undersea Warfare capabilities for the 
Navy, while building professional senior leaders in the underwater 
domain.  The Undersea program offers students the opportunity to 
study the fundamental principles which apply to the design, 
performance, and employment of sensors, unmanned vehicles, and 
tactics in the undersea environment.  The program combines 
electrical and mechanical engineering, mathematics, oceanography, 
physics, and operations research into a multi-disciplinary program 
of study. 
 
2.  Selectee will be assigned to NPS as a full-time student under 
permanent change of station (PCS) orders to Monterey, CA, with a 
September 2023 start.  As a full-time student, the Sailor will be 
required to carry a full academic load year-round.  Degree 
requirements should be completed in 24 months. 
 
3.  At this time, the program is only available to Active-Duty 
Sailors in the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician 
rating who meet the following criteria: 
    a.  Must possess a baccalaureate degree from an institutionally 
accredited school.  Your undergraduate degree program must include a 
calculus sequence and a calculus-based physics sequence.  Sailors 
not meeting the academic requirements for direct input may enter the 
program early for a one or two quarter refresher of math and/or 
physics as required. 
    b.  Must be an EOD Technician, a senior chief petty officer (E8) 
or above, company and/or troop leading chief petty officer milestone 
complete, and eligible for contiguous United States/shore assignment 
no later than August 2023 for the September 2023 start.  E8 with no 
more than 20 years of service (YOS), or a master chief petty officer 
with no more than 24 YOS. 
    c.  Selected Sailors must complete active obligated service 
(OBLISERV) requirements in line with reference (c).  OBLISERV is 
computed from the NPS class convening date.  Prior to receiving PCS 
orders to NPS, selected Sailors must OBLISERV for a period of 72 
months (6 years).  If reenlistment and/or obtainment of OBLISERV 
prior to transfer will cause potential monetary loss, the Sailor may 
qualify for the following OBLISERV option:  NAVPERS 1070/613, 
Administrative Remarks, entry in lieu of hard OBLISERV in line with 
reference (c). 
    d.  Must be within physical fitness assessment (PFA) standards 
with no PFA failures within the last 3 years. 
    e.  Must have no evaluation marks below 3.0 within the last 5 
years. 
    f.  Must hold or be eligible for a secret clearance.  Applicants 
without a current secret clearance should work with their special 
security office to initiate the clearance request.  Orders to NPS 
will not be issued until secret clearance is finalized. 
    g.  Must possess a conditional letter of acceptance from NPS. 
Sailors must contact the EOD Enlisted Community Manager (ECM) or EOD 
Technical Advisor listed in paragraph 11 to have access granted to 
the NPS website.  Once access is granted, Sailors must apply for a 
conditional letter of acceptance to NPS at 
https://nps.edu/web/admissions/apply and select Undersea Warfare, 
curriculum number 525.  Upon application submission, Sailors must 
arrange for submission of an official transcript to the NPS 
admissions office from each institution attended for all 
undergraduate and graduate education, as well as all Sailor/Marine 
American Council on Education Registry Transcripts, or Joint Service 
transcripts.  NPS applications must be submitted to NPS no later 
than 1 January 2023 for the September 2023 start.  Applicants will 
be notified by NPS via e-mail regarding their conditional 
acceptance.  Prior application submissions to this program do not 
disqualify an applicant. 
 
4.  Prospective applicants should contact their detailer immediately 
to discuss implications for their current assignments.  Failure to 
do so may result in the withdrawal of selection. 
 
5.  Applicants in receipt of a letter of conditional acceptance from 
NPS should forward a written request via their commanding officer, 
using the below format: 
From:  (Rate, Full Name, Last 4 digits of SSN) 
To:    Explosive Ordnance Disposal Senior Enlisted Advisory Group 
Via:   (Commanding Officer) 
Subj:  APPLICATION FOR ENLISTED UNDERSEA WARFARE MASTERS DEGREE 
       OPPORTUNITY AT THE NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL 
Ref:  (a) (cite this NAVADMIN) 
Encl: (1) Copies of all undergraduate transcripts 
      (2) Certified copies of the last five performance evaluations 
      (3) Command financial screening for assignment to a high cost 
of living area without barracks and dedicated housing for bachelors 
or geographic bachelors 
      (4) Sailors single page statement of preparedness and 
motivation to earn a masters degree, and future goals 
      (5) Naval Postgraduate School conditional letter of acceptance 
 
1.  I request selection to earn a Master of Science in Undersea 
Warfare at the Naval Postgraduate School for a September 2023 start 
date:  I meet all eligibility requirements specified in paragraph 
(3) of ref (a).  Enclosures (1) through (5) are submitted to support 
my request. 
 
2.  I understand if selected for this opportunity, I will incur a 
72-month active-duty service obligation starting from the NPS class 
convening date.  If I fail to complete the required service 
(voluntary or due to misconduct), I agree to reimburse the United 
States Navy for the cost of the graduate education received prorated 
for the obligated time served. 
 
3.  Upon completion of degree requirements, I understand I will be 
assigned based upon the needs of the Navy and EOD community. 
 
4.  I can be contacted at (provide phone, personal and work email, 
and mailing address). 
FI. MI. LAST NAME 
 
6.  Commanding officers endorsement should address Service Members 
preparedness for this significant academic opportunity, ability to 
work independently, communication skills, potential for increased 
responsibilities, and any special considerations. 
 
7.  Endorsed applications can be sent via encrypted e-mail to EOD 
ECM, EOD Technical Advisor listed in paragraph 11, or mailed via 
USPS to: 
MILITARY COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT (BUPERS-3) 
ATTN BUPERS-329F BLDG 453 (RM: 337) 
5720 INTEGRITY DRIVE 
MILLINGTON, TN 38055-0003 
 
8.  Endorsed applications must arrive to EOD ECM/EOD Technical 
Advisor no later than 1 February 2023 for the September 2023 class 
start. 
 
9.  Selectee will be notified by their chain of command.  Due to the 
highly competitive nature of this program, selectee must accept or 
rescind within 5 working days following notification. 
 
10.  General information about NPS can be found at https://www.nps.edu/.
 
11.  Points of contact are: 
    a.  LT Zachary Krueger, EOD ECM, at (901) 874-4433 or via e-mail 
at zachary.m.krueger.mil(at)us.navy.mil 
    b.  EODCM Tim Mendenhall, Enlisted Technical Advisor, at (901) 
874-2827 or via e-mail at timmy.j.mendenhall.mil(at)us.navy.mil 
 
12.  This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or  
1 September 2023, whichever occurs first. 
 
13.  Released by Vice Admiral Richard J. Cheeseman, Jr., N1.// 
 
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