Joint Professional Military Education I Primer

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We know that we are increasingly emphasizing the completion of Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) at a time where there is a waiting list to get into the Navy’s on-line version, so CAPT Anthony Keller, the Medical Corps Career Planner, put together this 1-pager on how to get JPME I.

Bottom line – There is currently no wait for the Air Force on-line version, and it doesn’t matter which version you do. You don’t have to do the Navy version.

16 thoughts on “Joint Professional Military Education I Primer

    David Frey said:
    April 20, 2020 at 07:34

    Thank you for the update, sir. According to, the Air Force version does not meet requirements for JPME I.

    I understand that your guidance is probably more current. Do we know when or if this information can be updated on the site? It just sends mixed messages and considering that JPME is a significant time commitment, might cause hesitancy to jump into the Air Force version.

    Glad to hear they are beefing up their program support.

    LT Frey


      Joel Schofer, MD, MBA, CPE responded:
      April 20, 2020 at 08:09

      The site you refer to says, “Distance Learning through the Air University Air Command And Staff College (AU ACSC) is accredited for JPME I, however DISTANCE LEARNING THROUGH THE AIR WAR COLLEGE (the Air Force Senior College) IS NOT ACCREDITED FOR JPME I!!!” We are referring people to the first one (Air University) and the one that counts, not the 2nd one (Air War College).


        David Frey said:
        April 20, 2020 at 08:48

        My mistake! Thank you for clarifying, sir.

        LT Frey


        Joel Schofer, MD, MBA, CPE responded:
        April 20, 2020 at 08:54

        We’re double checking just to make sure, so thanks for pointing that out.


    Resident said:
    April 20, 2020 at 10:47

    I’ve heard (anecdotally) from line officers that Air Force vs. NWC JPME does matter and that NWC is preferred by promotion boards. So this doesn’t hold true for Medical Corps officers?


      Joel Schofer, MD, MBA, CPE responded:
      April 20, 2020 at 10:52

      I have been on multiple boards and I’ve never seen it matter. Navy JPME I = AF JPME I, in my opinion. That said, those that go the extra mile to get a Master’s degree in addition to their JPME I potentially have increased impact at a board. To my knowledge, you can’t get a Master’s from any online option. You have to do it in person in some fashion through the Fleet Seminar Program or by going to a service college full-time.


    Student said:
    April 20, 2020 at 19:46

    From my personal experience, it was very easy and fast to get a spot at the AU ACSC through the Air Force.

    The entire educational experience was quite good too. You have to read a lot, watch lectures on YouTube, take online multiple-choice tests, do some “game-like” exercises, participate in online discussions and write essays.

    For me, the biggest challenge was to complete their game-like simulators — the software is very old, buggy and at times it’s not very clear what to do. It takes time and a lot of patience to figure out how to complete those (especially, in Joint Forces / Planning / Air Operations modules).

    I’ve heard that they are switching to get everything done without Arizona State University (starting in AUG 2020?) — so hopefully, all these issues are going to get resolved.

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    LT Eisenhauer said:
    April 24, 2020 at 14:10


    Does the Online Masters Program (OLMP) through Air University — which claims to give JPME 1 credit when a concentration in joint warfare concentration is chosen — count towards Navy JPME? The website claims that it provides “IDE, JPME1, and a Masters in Military Operational Art and Science Degree.” It is associated with, but different than the normal AU form of JPME.

    Thanks for the clarification!
    LT Eisenhauer


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    CaptainPlanet said:
    May 27, 2020 at 09:38

    The Airforce version of JPME I (ACSC) is only open to O-4’s correct?


    CaptainPlanet said:
    May 27, 2020 at 09:48

    Roger thanks, yes O-4’s+. Just confirming there wasn’t other guidance.


    William said:
    April 27, 2021 at 14:33

    So if you do the Air Force JMPE what do you have to do to get it into your Navy Records once you finish?


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