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The Fleet Seminar Program is one of several avenues for officers to complete Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officers in the grade of O-3 and above and officers from other services in the grade of O-4 and above are eligible. Federal civilian employees in the paygrade of GS-11 or equivalent or above are also eligible. Beginning in early September and continuing through the following May, seminars are one night per week for three hours per night. Derived from the ten-month NWC intermediate resident core curriculum, the students are taught three courses: strategy and war, joint maritime operations, and national security decision making. Each core course is completed during one academic year and completing all three courses in this program satisfies JPME Phase I requirements, a critical career milestone. The Fleet Seminar Program curriculum is also accredited toward completion of the Naval War College Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies. For Fleet Seminar Program students who choose to pursue the NWC Master’s degree, the Naval War College Graduate Degree Program is available through a separate selection process. This program requires completion of the three-core courses through the Fleet Seminar Program as well as an additional nine graduate credit hours in a specified area of study.
As a result of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense for FY 2004 and the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2004, several temporary enhancements have been made to health care services for Reserve Component members and family members. Why the term “temporary”? Because, many of the enhancements are only valid through 31 December 2004, unless extended by law. This information is of importance to those anticipating mobilization orders or contemplating going on active duty for more than 30 days. Additionally, those being demobilized should review coverage under the Transitional Assistance Medical Program.
TRICARE and TRICARE for Life (TFL) are distinct Department of Defense (DOD) health care programs. As a Reserve military retiree, you will be covered by both but at different stages (ages) in your retirement. In simple terms, TRICARE will become your primary health care payer normally at age 60. TFL will become the second payer, behind Medicare, normally upon enrollment at age 65. This article highlight and centralize key information that is not commonly found in general literature.
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