Joint Professional Military Education
JPME Phase I is required for an officer to take command as a commander.
JPME Phase I is no longer required to screen for command. NAVADMIN 136/10.
Officers should strive to achieve full Joint Service Officer (JSO) status, which requires completion of JPME Phases I and II, as well as a minimum 24-month tour in a JCS-approved Joint Duty Assignment.
U.S. War Colleges and selected foreign war colleges award completion of JPME Phase I. Some programs also offer accredited Masters Degrees. For more information on Service Colleges, Foreign Service Colleges, Fellowship opportunities, and Joint Officer information, visit the Joint Officer page.
Naval Command and Staff
AUG (10 mos) NOV (12 mos) MAR (12 mos)
USMC Command and Staff
AUG (10 mos)
Army Command and Staff
FT Leavenworth, KS
JAN (12 mos) JUN (12 mos)
Air Command and Staff
Maxwell AFB, AL
JUL (12 mos)
Naval Postgraduate School offers four courses comprising a joint education curriculum leading to JPME Phase I certification.
Non-Residence JPME Phase I
Naval War College
a. Fleet Seminar (classroom seminars at designated remote sites) – Consists of three courses (Strategy and War, Theater Security Decision Making, Joint Maritime Operations), each with 34 weekly three-hour evening sessions from August to May. Open to O-3s and above. Training locations include:
||Fort Meade, MD
||Great Lakes, IL |
||Millington, TN |
|New Orleans, LA
|Pax River, MD
||Pearl Harbor, HI
|Port Hueneme, CA
||San Diego, CA
|Whidbey Island, WA
||Fort Worth, TX
b. Web-enabled correspondence (online group seminars) – Designed to be completed in 15-18 months, and closely aligned with the Naval Command and Staff College in-residence and Fleet Seminar curriculums for O-3s and above. Enrollment constitutes a commitment to a minimum of four to eight hours each week. In order to graduate in June, students must complete all course requirements by 30 April. NAVADMIN 175/99 refers.
Joint Maritime Operations (34 wks)
Theater Security and Decision Making (21 wks)
Strategy and War (17 wks)
c. CD-ROM Based Correspondence (O-3 and above only) – Designed to be completed in less than 12 months, and closely aligned with the Naval Command and Staff College in-residence and Fleet Seminar curriculums. Enrollment constitutes a commitment to a minimum of four to six hours each week. In order to graduate in June, students must complete all course requirements by 30 April. Online applications should be filled out at least one month prior to course start date. NAVADMIN 225/05 refers. Details on all Naval War College non-residence JPME courses are at https://www.usnwc.edu/Academics/College-of-Distance-Education.aspx
Air Force Command and Staff College
Offers a CD-ROM and Internet based JPME Phase I correspondence course, which can be completed in 6-18 months. The College will send books, a CD-ROM, and instructions for accessing lectures via the School’s web site. Applicants must be O-4 select or above to be eligible. The College is very supportive of Navy students but does have a quota limit. Be careful to not confuse this course with a similar Air War College course, which does not offer JPME Phase I credit. http://wwwacsc.au.af.mil/distance-learning.asp Phone: (334) 953-7901 DSN493 or (800) 316-7042.