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Frequently Asked Questions

Will the non-observed fitness reports hurt my career?
No, this is a common fear, but the actual statistics from all communities show that earning a Master's Degree in resident graduate programs is never a detriment with respect to promotion rates. In many communities, it's a significant plus.

What is it like to be a student at NPS?
For starters, there's no duty, and you wear your uniform about once per week. Other than that, it's “business casual.” The course of study is quite challenging. Expect to spend a few hours in the evenings and on weekends. Monterey is a small town with temperate weather and wonderful natural beauty.

What skills will I develop in this curriculum?
You will learn concepts in advanced courses to help you:

recognize and understand the critical technical aspects of weapon systems.
understand the tactical limitations of weapon systems.
effectively evaluate design trade-offs in terms of cost, reliability, and performance.
distinguish promising leads from dead-end ideas.
recognize design flaws.
envision creative uses of technology.