USNI 2019 Coast Guard Essay Contest

Below you will find the contents of ALCOAST 095/19. Hopefully there are some opinions among this blogs readership.

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R 271231 MAR 19
ALCOAST 095/19
A. Coast Guard External Affairs Manual, COMDTINST M5700.13 (series)

1. This ALCOAST announces the U.S. Naval Institute’s annual Coast Guard Essay Contest.

2. Overview. Located at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI), a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization, has provided an open forum for honest debate, informed discussion, and professional development for members of the Naval Services since 1873. The vision and mission of USNI is to give a voice to those who seek the finest Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard by providing an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak and write to advance the professional, literary and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to global security. USNI is noted for its flagship magazine Proceedings, and a variety of historical and professional books.

3. Coast Guard Essay Contest. This year’s annual Coast Guard Essay Contest challenges authors to advance new thinking about the U.S. Coast Guard’s critical role in the 21st century. Authors are encouraged to discuss the most compelling issues, ideas, and solutions. There is no restriction on topic. Those authors who choose to write about the Coast Guard are encouraged to constructively analyze and challenge conventional wisdom and current practices. In fact, USNI encourages authors to push the “dare” factor, and Coast Guard senior leaders encourage diversity of thought and respectful deliberation of difficult issues facing our Service.
a. Eligibility: Open to all contributors – active duty military, reservists, veterans, and
civilians – who are eligible for USNI membership. The essay must be original and not published or under consideration for publication elsewhere.
b. Length: 2,500 words maximum, excluding notes and sources.
c. Prizes: First prize – $5,000. Second prize – $2,500. Third prize – $1,500. The winning essays will be published in the August 2019 issue of Proceedings. Essays not awarded a prize may be selected for publication in one of the Naval Institute’s print or online properties.
d. Submission Deadline: 31 May 2019. Note: Essays are submitted directly to USNI and the Coast Guard plays no role in selecting the winning essays. Applicants shall ensure entries conform to Chapter 6, sections (A) through (C) of REF (A).
e. Additional details:

4. Other Essay Contests and Writing Opportunities.
a. Essay Contests. In addition to the Coast Guard Essay Contest, the Naval Institute sponsors other essay contests throughout the year including the General Prize, Cyber, Emerging and Disruptive Technology, Enlisted, Leadership, Marine Corps, Naval History, Naval Intelligence, Naval Mine Warfare, and Midshipman and Cadet essay contests. For details see:
b. Other Writing Opportunities. Authors can also submit articles year round for publication in Proceedings or Naval History magazines, Proceedings Today (online), and the Naval Institute Blog (online). For details see:

5. POCs:
a. For additional information on USNI, contact RDML Jack Vogt (, the Coast Guard’s representative to the U.S. Naval Institute.
b. For additional information on professional writing for USNI, including essay contests, contact CAPT Greg Stump (, CAPT Holly Harrison (, CDR Brian Smicklas (, or CDR Grant Thomas ( who currently serve or have served as elected members of the Naval Institute’s editorial board.

6. ADM Charles W. Ray, Vice Commandant, sends.

7. Internet release is authorized.

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