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Understanding the Permanent Military Professor Program

Posted on: September 17, 2013 08:00 EDT by MC3 Jonathan Correa

The Permanent Military Professor program is designed to establish military officers with both doctoral degrees and operational experience in permanent instructor billets at military academies until statutory retirement or until released from active duty.

PMP is used to strengthen military instructor presence at naval institutions and provide students with an understanding on how what they are learning in the classroom will be applied later in the fleet.

“The PMP program takes warfare-qualified officers selected for commander and allows them to become a permanent instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy, War College and Post Naval Grad School,” said Cmdr. William Swick, professor of oceanography.

Swick added that after being selected, commanders are sent back to school to complete their Ph.D and dissertation.

The PMP community comes with a 1230 designator, its own Naval manpower and personnel classification, and its own competitive promotion category.

“The agreement when you join the program is that you are going to be a PMP at the institute you are assigned to until your statutory retirement,” said Capt. William Schulz, chair of the Oceanography department at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Statutory retirement is determined by rank and indicates the maximum number of years military personnel can serve before being required to retire.

One benefit of the PMP program is that it allows officers to further in their research in their area of study – and pass that knowledge on to their students.

“I like to teach.” said Swick. “I enjoy the academics and the research side of it. It fits my personality and I think it is an important job because you can influence future naval officers.”

“You never really know if you understand a subject until you teach it,” said Schulz. “Having the opportunity to come here and actually see if you understand well enough to explain it to somebody, to see the light bulb come on in their head, that is the thrill of doing this.”

Through this program officers are able to dig deeper into their research and develop stronger professional relationships with others in their field.

“We are now able to start long term projects that may take two or three years to complete.” Schulz said. “You can also see a midshipman enter in on Induction Day and watch them graduate four years later.”

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