By Jeanette Steele, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) — U.S. Naval War College’s College of Distance Education has launched a streamlined version of its online program for delivering professional military education coursework required by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The new Online Naval Command and Staff Program allows students to finish the intermediate joint professional military education requirement, known as JPME-I, in 10 months. The previous framework, called the Web-Enabled Program, usually took 18 months to two years to complete.
“The closure of the college’s CD-ROM Program necessitated the development of a pathway to JPME-I certification in less than 12 months to satisfy the Navy’s requirement for the joint education of its officer corps,” said Dean of the College of Distance Education Walt Wildemann.
Officials said they were able to condense the time frame without sacrificing quality by doing away with administrative pauses and some redundancies in the coursework of the legacy Web-Enabled Program.
“The goal was to deliver JPME-I education in a shorter period of time while maintaining the graduate-level standards and professional military education career requirements,” said Tim Garrold, deputy dean of the College of Distance Education.
Adding to the efficiency, students will now only register once for the program, instead of having to register three times – once for each core course – in the past. The new design is a single program made up of five blocks.
The first eight seminars in the new program started Nov. 15, and similar numbers will follow each quarter. The seminars, which accommodate 20 students each, are moderated by full-time and adjunct faculty members.
The online program is intended for Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard officers whose career commitments make them unable to complete the certification in residence at the War College or in the face-to-face classroom model of other College of Distance Education programs.
Eligible Navy unrestricted line officers, Marine Corps and Coast Guard officers receive the highest enrollment priority, followed by those services’ staff corps officers. Based on availability, the program is also open to Navy Reservists, officers from other U.S. military branches, Coast Guard officers, federal civilian employees grades GS-11 and higher and U.S. Public Health Service officers.
Unlike the Naval War College’s 10-month resident program and the non-resident Fleet Seminar Program, the online program is not accredited to award the Master of Arts degree in defense and strategic studies. However, the program fully covers the concepts and skills required for the award of JPME-I credit.
The program engages students in the complexities of the national security and theater security arenas and develops their critical-thinking skills.
Successful students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of U.S. national security policy and military strategy – and appreciate the relationships between the two. Students will also learn to plan and conduct military operations that achieve national-level goals and objectives.
The program also introduces students to the role of both political and military leaders in the formulation of policy, the planning of joint and combined military operations and the conduct of war.
Students who completed College of Distance Education core courses through the Fleet Seminar Program, the former Web-Enabled Program or the former CD-ROM Program will receive credit for the appropriate blocks of the new online program.
To submit an application for the Online Naval Command and Staff Program, or for more information, go to https://usnwc.edu/college-of-distance-education/Online-Program.
Everyone should try to get Joint Professional Military Education (JPME), especially in our new operationally focused environment. To assist you, here is the FY20 War College Cheat Sheet:
I also added it to the Useful Documents page.
If you want more info about JPME, you can go to this page at Navy Personnel Command.
Here is the NAVADMIN. This is how I got my JPME I, and I’d highly recommend it:
R 241349Z APR 19
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
PASS TO OFFICE CODES:
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//
SUBJ/ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020 NAVAL WAR COLLEGE FLEET SEMINAR PROGRAM//
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/APR//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the Naval War College (NWC) Fleet Seminar
Program (FSP) which offers intermediate level Joint Professional Military
Education (JPME-I) through a set of three courses: Strategy and War (S and
W), Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM), and Joint Maritime Operations
(JMO), offered at multiple locations. Each course normally requires one
academic year to complete, which runs from September through the following
All three courses are not offered simultaneously at all locations.
There is no tuition fee and course materials are provided on a loan basis at
no cost to students.
2. The NWC FSP will be offered in 19 regional locations in the United States
for academic year 2019-2020. Planned locations and courses are:
a. Annapolis, MD (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
b. Dahlgren, VA (TSDM)
c. Everett, WA (TSDM)
d. Fort Worth, TX (TSDM)
e. Great Lakes, IL (JMO)
f. Jacksonville, FL (TSDM and JMO)
g. Kitsap, WA (JMO)
h. Mayport, FL (S and W)
i. Millington, TN (JMO)
j. New Orleans, LA (TSDM)
k. Newport, RI (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
l. Norfolk, VA (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
m. Patuxent River, MD (JMO)
n. Pearl Harbor, HI (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
o. Pensacola, FL (Whiting Field) (S and W)
p. Port Hueneme, CA (JMO)
q. San Diego, CA (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
r. Washington, DC (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
s. Whidbey Island, WA (S&W)
3. FSP courses are similar in content and delivery methodology to the
intermediate level program of study offered by the resident College of Naval
Command and Staff in Newport, RI. Seminars for each course meet once a week
in the evening for approximately 34 weeks, commencing in early September 2019
and ending in May 2020.
Successful completion of all three courses results in the award of a College
of Naval Command and Staff diploma, as well as credit for JPME-I. The FSP
seminars at all locations are conducted in-step each week so it is possible
for a student who is transferring to or assigned temporary additional duty at
another seminar location to attend class at that location.
4. NWC accepts program applications from commissioned officers (active and
reserve) and civilian employees of the federal government, subject to the
following eligibility requirements
a. Members of the sea services (Navy, Marine Corps and Coast
Guard) in the pay grade of O-3 or above, while officers from the other
services must be in the pay grade of O-4 or above. Civilian employees of the
federal government in the grade of GS-11 and above, or equivalent, are also
eligible for enrollment.
b. All applicants must have previously earned at least a baccalaureate
5. Qualified individuals currently stationed in areas listed in paragraph
two, or those who expect transfer to those sites prior to 1 September 2019
are encouraged to apply.
6. NWC will make enrollment selections and accepted applicants will be
advised of their enrollment status via email.
7. More information is available and applications must be submitted on the
NWC College of Distance Education FSP website available at
(NWC Academic Programs link). The application period will close on
31 May 2019.
8. Request widest dissemination of the above information. Regional
coordinators at the sites listed in paragraph two are requested to pass this
information to all Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard units and
all reserve units located within safe-driving distance of an FSP seminar.
9. Points of contact are Ms. Stephanie Accaputo who can be reached at (401)
841-7677/DSN 841 or via e-mail at fsp(at)usnwc.edu, Ms. Kelly Folger who can
be reached at (401) 841-6520/DSN 841 or via e- mail at fsp(at)usnwc.edu and
Professor Ronald Oard who can be reached via e-mail at oardr(at)usnwc.edu.
10. This message will remain in effect until superseded or 31 May 2019,
whichever occurs first.
11. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//
This is how I did two of the three courses to get Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) I. Here’s a link to the article:
BLUF: Command Surgeon wanted for National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, DC. During the 2nd year you attend the senior service school.
Qualifications requested include:
- Have confirmation from the Detailer that they could PCS and start in June 2019.
- Interested docs should be candidates for executive medicine in the future.
- They also should expect to do a utilization tour after attending NDU.
Here is the Memorandum of Agreement that provides some details.
All applications need to be submitted to CDR Melissa Austin at BUMED NLT than 22 FEB. Her e-mail is in the global.
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) — U.S. Naval War College (NWC) will accept online applications April 1 through May 31 for NWC’s College of Distance Education’s 2018-2019 Fleet Seminar Program (FSP).
NWC’s FSP offers intermediate level joint professional military education (JPME-I) through a set of three courses: Strategy and War, Theater Security Decision Making and Joint Maritime Operations. Each of these courses are available at multiple locations across the U.S. in keeping with efforts of the Chief of Naval Personnel to foster a deliberate and flexible learning environment.
Applications from active and reserve commissioned officers and civilian employees of the federal government are accepted. There are no tuition fees and course materials are provided on a loan basis. All applicants must have previously earned at least a baccalaureate degree.
To be eligible for FSP, applicants must either be: Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard O-3 and above; Army or Air Force O-4 and above; or federal civilian employees in the grade of GS-11 or equivalent and above. Selected staff members serving in the federal Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary branches are also eligible for enrollment.
For academic year 2018-2019, the program’s planned 19 regional locations are: Annapolis, Maryland; Dahlgreen, Norfolk, and Pax River, Virginia; Everett, Kitsap and Whidbey Island, Washington; Fort Worth, Texas; Great Lakes, Illinois; Jacksonville and Pensacola, Florida; Millington, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; Newport, Rhode Island; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and Port Hueneme and San Diego, California.
The FSP courses are similar in content and delivery methodology to the intermediate level program of study offered by the resident NWC’s College of Naval Command and Staff. Coursework is conducted by NWC in unison at all FSP locations. This provides students a unique opportunity to attend class at multiple FSP locations while completing mission-essential transfers and temporary assignments.
Qualified individuals currently stationed at FSP locations and those who expect to transfer to a FSP location, prior to Sept. 1, 2018, are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is May 31, 2018, and all applicants will be advised of their enrollment status by mid-June 2018.
All FSP students are led by adjunct and visiting NWC faculty and meet as a seminar of no more than 18 students, one evening per week, starting in early September and ending in May.
Successful completion of all three courses results in the award of a NWC College of Naval Command and Staff diploma, as well as credit for intermediate JPME Phase I.
For more information read NAVADMIN 066/18 and visit NWC’s College of Distance Education FSP website at www.usnwc.edu/college-of-distance-education/fleet-seminar.