Prerequisites for JCWS

Prerequisites for JCWS1:

  • Commissioned officer, Grade O-4 and above or Senior enlisted (grades E7-9)2 or U.S. Government civilian3 personnel of equivalent rating
  • Have credit for Phase I from an Intermediate Service School or an approved equivalent4
  • Selected by individual Service, country, or non-DOD agency
  • Current Secret clearance (more...)
  • Completed Bachelor’s Degree

Interested Service members should contact their service POC.

Air Force:

Contact your J1 or functional manager for nomination information

Army:

COMM: (502) 613-6439/6441

DSN: 983

Coast Guard:

COMM: (202) 372-3001

Marine Corps:

COMM: (703) 784-9212

DSN: 378

Navy:

COMM: (901) 874-3459/2925

DSN: 882

Note 1: JCWS Programs.  Requirements for attending JCWS apply to both the resident and satellite programs. 

The JCWS Satellite Program was originally authorized by Congress in the 2012 NDAA as a five-year test, which was conducted in Tampa in support of USCENTCOM and USSOCOM.  That test was successful and Congress authorized expansion of the program in the 2016 NDAA. 

Satellite classes run concurrently with the resident schedule and the schedule is posted here: http://jfsc.ndu.edu/Students/CourseSchedules.aspx.

Students are nominated by the CCMDs and approved by the Services. The CCMDs will typically start soliciting interest in satellite classes 90 prior to class start.  Contact your J-1 if you are interested in a satellite class.

If you have questions about the JCWS Satellite Program, contact the program manager .

Note 2: U.S. Senior Enlisted.  A change to the NDU Size and Composition of JPME courses approved by the Director, J7, authorizes select senior enlisted members to participate in JCWS and AJPME. Senior enlisted prerequisites for JCWS and AJPME are as follows:

  • Senior enlisted (grades E7-E9) - "Functional area specialists" consistent with joint planning groups (occupational specialties: operations; intelligence; communications; logistics; etc.  JPG: see JP 5-0 and/or JP 1-02);
  • In the first year of (365 days), or en route to, a joint assignment or equivalent;
  • Bachelor’s degree (accredited);
  • Service professional military education (PME) complete for pay grade;
  • JPME I credit from an Intermediate Service School (or attend Joint Transition Course one week prior to JCWS at JFSC in Norfolk, VA);
  • SEJPME Course (distance education course offered by JKO) completed;
  • Current secret clearance;
  • Submit a nomination package that includes the following:

–      Nomination letter from the first Flag/General/SES officer in their chain-of-command;

–      A one-page student biography or resume to include education and career history;

–      An undergraduate transcript; and

–      A copy of the SEJPME course completion certificate or JPME I certificate from an Intermediate Service School;

Nomination package must be submitted 90 days prior to class date to JFSC Dean Academic Affairs (DAA).  Final admissions authority rests with the JFSC Commandant.

Please FAX or MAIL nomination packages to:

Fax: (757) 443-6026

Mailing Address:

National Defense University - Joint Forces Staff College

Office of the Registrar, C-108

Normandy Hall, Bldg SC-1

7800 Hampton Blvd.

Norfolk, VA 23511

Note 3: Civilians Students. Civilians must be nominated by first Flag/General/SES Officer in their chain-of-command; include this nomination memo in package along with a one-page student biography or resume to include education and career history and their undergraduate transcript. If the nominee has not completed JPME Phase 1, they must attend the prerequisite five-day Joint Transition Course (JTC) the week prior to JCWS start date at JFSC in Norfolk, VA. Submit applications NLT 90 days prior to the class start date. Final admissions authority rests with the JFSC Commandant.

Please FAX or MAIL nomination packages to:

Fax: (757) 443-6026

Mailing Address:

National Defense University - Joint Forces Staff College

Office of the Registrar, C108

Normandy Hall, Bldg SC-1

7800 Hampton Blvd.

Norfolk, VA 23511

Note 4: JPME I. On rare occasions, the JPME 1 completion requirement can be waived via Direct Entry Waiver per CJCSI 1800.01E, Officer Professional Military Education Policy (OPMEP).  The waiver must be submitted with a nomination package to the Service JPME II POC and waivers must be approved before enrollment. Officers on a Direct Entry Waiver must complete the preparatory Joint Transition Course (JTC) the week prior to JCWS start date at JFSC in Norfolk, VA.

If additional program information is needed, please contact JFSC Registrar's office at registrar2@NDU.edu or DSN 646-6124 or COMM (757) 443-6124.