JPME

Academic Year 2020-21 Naval War College Fleet Seminar Program (JPME I)

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Here’s the NAVADMIN for the Fleet Seminar Program discussed in our JPME I primer. Remember that there is an increased focus on education on fitreps:

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SUBJ/ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-2021 NAVAL WAR COLLEGE FLEET SEMINAR PROGRAM//

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), Joint Maritime Operations (JMO), 
offered at multiple locations. Each course normally requires one academic 
year to complete, which runs from September through the following May. 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 the students.

2.  Background:
    a.  The NWC FSP will be offered in nineteen regional locations in the 
United States for academic year 2020-2021.  Planned locations and courses 
are:
        (1)  Annapolis, MD (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
        (2)  Dahlgren, VA (JMO)
        (3)  Everett, WA (S and W)
        (4)  Fort Worth, TX (S and W)
        (5)  Great Lakes, IL (TSDM)
        (6)  Jacksonville, FL (TSDM and JMO)
        (7)  Kitsap, WA (TSDM)
        (8)  Mayport, FL (S and W)
        (9)  Millington, TN (S and W)
        (10) New Orleans, LA (JMO)
        (11) Newport, RI (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
        (12) Norfolk, VA (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
        (13) Patuxent River, MD (TSDM)
        (14) Pearl Harbor, HI (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
        (15) Pensacola, FL (Whiting Field) (TSDM and JMO)
        (16) Port Hueneme, CA (TSDM)
        (17) San Diego, CA (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
        (18) Washington, DC (S and W, TSDM and JMO)
        (19) Whidbey Island, WA (JMO)

    b.  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 2020 
and ending in May 2021. 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 with 
each other 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.

3.  Criteria:
    a.  NWC accepts program applications from commissioned officers (active 
and reserve) and civilian employees of the federal government, subject to the 
following eligibility requirements:
        (1)  Members of the sea services (Navy, Marine Corps and Coast
Guard) in the paygrade of O-3 or above, while officers from the other 
services must be in the paygrade 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.
        (2)  All applicants must have previously earned at least a 
baccalaureate degree.
    b.  Qualified individuals currently stationed in areas listed in 
paragraph two, or those who expect transfer to those sites prior to
1 September 2020 are encouraged to apply.

4.  Application Process:
    a.  More information is available and applications must be submitted at 
the NWC College of Distance Education FSP website at 
https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/training-education-qualifications (NWC 
Academic Programs link). The application period is currently open and will 
remain open until 14 June 2020.

5.  Selection Notifications:
    a.  NWC will make enrollment selections and accepted applicants will be 
advised of their enrollment selection status via email.

6.  Points of Contact:
    a.  Points of contact are Ms. Stephanie Accaputo who can be reached at 
(401) 841-7677/DSN 841 or via email at fsp(at)usnwc.edu, Ms.
Kelly Folger who can be reached at (401) 841-6520/DSN 841 or via email at 
fsp(at)usnwc.edu and Professor Ronald Oard who can be reached via email at 
oardr(at)usnwc.edu.

7.  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 site.

8.  This message will remain in effect until superseded or 14 June 2020, 
whichever occurs first.

9.  Released by Vice Admiral S. B. Munsch, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations 
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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.

The New Medical Corps Career Progression Slide – What Does It Mean to You?

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Navy Medicine has been undergoing a lot of change. We have a new Surgeon General, a new Corps Chief, and a renewed focus on readiness. With these changes come a new career progression and path for the Medical Corps (MC) Officer (PDF version, PPT version). Let’s take a look at the new model and discuss some of the ways it will impact you as your career progresses. We’ll start at the top of the slide and work our way down, translating it into action items for every MC Officer.

 

Intent and Expectations

What should a MC Officer note in this section? To be competitive for promotion, you need to have been operational AND clinical. The days of camping at Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) are over. Everyone needs to be operationally relevant, and this is consistent with the most recent changes in the O6 promotion board convening order. It can be with the Surface Force, Fleet Marine Force (FMF), Undersea, Air, Special Operations, Joint environment, Expeditionary Combat Command, or any other operational setting you find yourself in. It doesn’t matter how or in what setting, but everyone needs to be operationally relevant.

Action #1 – Deliberately develop your operational relevance.

 

Recommended Medical and Professional Development Path

Very simply, this spells out your educational pathway. Completing residency and becoming board certified is not a new concept or path for the MC Officer. What is new, though, is the expectation that everyone will serve in an operational setting by the time they are up for promotion to O5 and in a more senior operational role before they are up for O6. The concept of everyone becoming an Operational Medical Officer (OMO) is explained in detail at the bottom of the slide.

In addition to serving as an OMO, the expectation is that those who want to serve in more senior roles will complete Joint Professional Military Education Levels I and II (JPME I/II) and obtain formal management or leadership training, such as a Master’s in Business Administration or similar degree.

Action #2 – Start JPME I now if you haven’t already, and develop a strategy and timeline with your mentors to obtain more senior education.

 

High Reliability Organization Training

The new SG is a huge proponent of high reliability, and Navy Medicine is constantly striving to adopt the principles of a High Reliability Organization (HRO). Many of the classes mentioned on the career path slide are undergoing modifications and updates to incorporate high reliability education.

Action #3 – Attend or complete the listed HRO courses.

 

Example Assignments

The example assignments are divided into Fleet and Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command/Unit (NMRTC/U) positions. They are also stratified according to the typical ranks at which they would occur. These are general guidelines and variability will certainly occur, so be flexible. For example, we know that it takes a minimum of seven years to become a Neurosurgeon, so their path will vary. Other specialties that require longer training are in a similar situation. As a result of this, we are going to ask each Specialty Leader to take this generic career path and modify it for their own specialty.

Another takeaway from this portion of the slide is to alternate between operational assignments and NMRTC/U assignments where you are serving primarily in a clinical role, likely at an MTF. Time at the MTF will allow you to solidify your individual clinical skills and contribute to our Graduate Medical Education mission. After that tour, return to the operational setting in a more senior role. Rinse and repeat this pattern as your career progresses.

Action #4 – Print the career path slide and get a red and black pen. In black circle the jobs, roles, and courses you’ve already done. In red circle ones you’d like to do. When it is time for your next set of orders, jump from realm where you currently are (Fleet or NMRTC/U) to the other and aim for one of the positions to the right that you circled in red.

 

An Example – My Career Path

Just to visualize the way we are encouraging you to use the career path slide, let’s take a look at My Career Path. I circled the things I’ve done in black, and the things I’d like to do in red.

As a 19 year O6, I have a lot of black ink, but there are some red circles to the right indicating the things I’d like to do. As the Deputy Corps Chief, I am currently in a senior headquarters role toward the right end of the Fleet portion. Most likely, my next career move will be to obtain JPME II or enter Executive Medicine as an Executive Officer (XO) because completing an XO and Commanding Officer (CO) tour is mandatory before I can compete for the more senior leadership roles. Use a similar analysis of where you’ve been (black ink) and where you want to go (red ink) to come up with options for your next career move.

 

Summary

The new MC career path should serve as the basic framework around which you structure your career. A quick summary of the actions you should take include:

  • Deliberately develop your operational relevance.
  • Start JPME I now if you haven’t already, and develop a strategy and timeline with your mentors to obtain more senior education.
  • Attend or complete the listed HRO courses.
  • Circle the jobs, roles, and courses you’ve already done in black. Circle ones you’d like to do in red. When it is time for your next set of orders, jump from the realm where you currently are (Fleet or NMRTC/U) to the other and aim for one of the positions to the right that you circled in red.

Get JPME I! Application Period Opens for Fleet Seminar Program

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(There is a long wait list for the new on-line JPME I, but assuming COVID-19 has died down by SEPT you can get it with this program. This is how I did it and it was a great program.)
By Jeanette Steele, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) — The U.S. Naval War College will begin accepting applications April 1 for new and returning students in the Fleet Seminar Program for the academic year beginning in September 2020.

The program consists of the three core courses of the College of Naval Command and Staff offered through the College of Distance Education. The application window runs through May 31.

The program provides Joint Intermediate-Level Professional Military Education (JPME-I) in a seminar format at 19 naval and joint bases around the country in keeping with the efforts of the chief of naval personnel to foster a deliberate and flexible learning environment.

“The Fleet Seminar Program creates leaders that are operationally and strategically minded critical thinkers. The military needs leaders who are proficient in joint matters and prepared to meet the complex challenges of today and tomorrow,” said Professor Ron Oard, Fleet Seminar Program manager.

“Looking at the recently released Education for Seapower Strategy, the Navy has placed more emphasis on higher education as a critical warfighting enabler,” he said.

Each course runs from September through May, meeting one evening a week for three hours. The seminars are conducted at the graduate level and require appropriate initiative, research work, writing and class participation from each student.

After successfully completing their first course, students may apply for acceptance into the Naval War College’s Graduate Degree Program, in which, with additional elective coursework, they can earn a Master of Arts degree in defense and strategic studies.

Nearly 1,000 students are currently enrolled, and more than 900 have earned a master’s degree through the program in the past five years.

Enrollment is open to eligible active and reserve officers in the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard in the grade of O-3 and above. Active and reserve officers in other military services must be in the grade of O-4 and above to be eligible. Federal civilian employees in the grade of GS-11 and equivalent or above are also eligible.

Selected staff members in the federal executive, legislative, and judiciary branches are also eligible, through an agreement with the chief of naval operations. All applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree.

For more information on course locations and application procedures, visit the FSP website at https://usnwc.edu/college-of-distance-education/Fleet-Seminar-Program.

For more news from Naval War College, visit www.navy.mil/local/nwc/.

U.S. Naval War College Launches Streamlined Program for Earning JPME-I Credit

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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.

FY20 War College Cheat Sheet

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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:

FY20 War College Cheat Sheet (Final)

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.

Academic Year 2019-2020 Naval War College Fleet Seminar Program JPME I

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Here is the NAVADMIN. This is how I got my JPME I, and I’d highly recommend it:

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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
May.
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
degree.

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
https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/training-education-qualifications
(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.//

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