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Joint Professional Military Education

JPME Phase I is required for an officer to take O-5 command for which the command at sea insignia is authorized, as outlined in MILPERSMAN 1210-070.  NAVADMIN 247/19.

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 War College  
Newport, RI   
AUG (10 mos)     NOV (12 mos)     MAR (12 mos) 

USMC Command and Staff  
Quantico, VA    
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:

Annapolis, MD  Bangor, WA Dahlgren, VA
Everett, WA Fort Meade, MD  Great Lakes, IL  
Jacksonville, FL Mayport, FL  Millington, TN  
New Orleans, LA  Newport, RI   Norfolk, VA
Pax River, MD  Pearl Harbor, HI Pensacola, FL
Port Hueneme, CA San Diego, CA Washington, DC
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.  
Joint Maritime Operations (34 wks)
Theater Security and Decision Making (21 wks)
Strategy and War (17 wks)
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.   Phone: (334) 953-7901 DSN493 or (800) 316-7042.


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