Officers MAY NOT be awarded Discretionary Points for "Joint Training" or "Joint Exercises" while serving in a Standard Joint Duty Assignment (S-JDA, aka JDAL billet) or during any period for which the officer is awarded Experienced-Based Joint Duty Assignment (E-JDA, aka self-nomination) points. Officers may be awarded Discretionary Points for approved "Joint Education" completed through distance learning while serving in an S-JDA, or during periods where E-JDA points are awarded.
Discretionary points are defined by the DoDI 1300.19 as "Points earned in excess of the minimum education and experience requirement through exercises, education other than JPME, collective joint training, or individual joint training." Discretionary points may be derived from joint training, exercises, and other education which enhances an officer’s knowledge and understanding of joint matters. A maximum of 6 points may be awarded for JQS level II and JQS level III. Only approved exercises after 11 September 2001 will be considered for discretionary credit. The DoD Joint Qualification System Implementation Plan does not authorize the awarding of discretionary points for any course with a completion date prior to the plan's implementation date of 1 October 2007. Moreover, only courses completed while the course is certified will be considered for discretionary credit. The joint education, training and exercises must be on the Joint Staff (J7) approved list, within the specified timeframe; otherwise it will not be approved for discretionary points. Moreover, for education, only the Joint Qualification Report covering the timeframe of course completion will be used for determining eligibility for discretionary credit.
In order to receive discretionary points, officers are required to submit a completed Discretionary Points Worksheet to their respective component JQS Service Manager (see below for email address). The submission should clearly state whether the officer is submitting for exercise, education or training credit.
Supporting documents must be provided to substantiate your request. Examples include FITREPs, awards, Exercise Manning List, Course Completion Certificate, course roster, etc. The joint education, training or exercise must be clearly indicated and highlighted in the respective support document. Once verified and assigned, the points will be reflected in the "View Joint Officer History" link on the E-JDA Self Nomination website: https://milconnect.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/
JQS (AC) Action Officer PERS 451
Com: (901) 874-3493
Reserve Component JQS Service Manager
Com: (901) 874-4229