Joint Information Operations Planners’ Course (JIOPC)

The Joint Information Operations Orientation Course (JIOOC) is a prerequisite to the Joint Information Operations Planner’s Course (JIOPC).


Course Mission

The mission of the Joint Information Operations Planners Course (JIOPC) is to establish a common understanding for information planners and information capability specialists who will serve in joint operational-level billets. This course is for personnel assigned to the Joint information career force.

Course Objectives

The primary objective of the JIOPC is to educate and train military students and DoD civilian equivalents to plan, integrate, and synchronize information into joint operational-level plans and orders. This course accomplishes this through a combination of in-residence class presentations, guest lectures, case studies, and practical exercises in a joint seminar environment to orient you to information planning using information capabilities and activities to conduct operations in the information environment (OIE).. Specifically, the course focuses on the following six (6) learning areas:

Module 1: Information in Joint Operations

Module 2: Information Environment

Module 3: Information Operations Planning

Module 4: OPSEC Planning

Module 5: MILDEC Planning (only given in-residence)

Module 6: Integration and Synchronization

Throughout this course, the students execute joint planning from an information perspective. The course is based upon joint doctrine that is reinforced and, when necessary, by various tactics, techniques, and procedures from throughout the Department of Defense.

The JIOPC is only taught at the Joint Forces Staff College and are in-residence. On a case-by-case basis, we offer MTTs to joint commands.


Course Description

Students will be assigned to a working group of approximately eight to ten individuals led by a faculty mentor. The group faculty mentor will appoint a student group leader. Each student is expected to participate in the group work as directed by the student group leader and the faculty mentor. Each group will conduct their planning in parallel on the same problem. Students will be required to contribute to developing written products and briefings.


Course Length

The course is four (4) weeks (approximately 150 hours).

Graduation Criteria

All students must actively participate in the practical exercise, discussions, and presentations to complete the course. The faculty formally evaluate the practical exercises and student participation. Students will attend all classes while in residence to obtain the certificate of completion. If students need to conduct other business while TDY to the college, they must plan those activities outside of class hours or extend their time in the area.


Security Clearance Requirements

All students enrolled in the JIOPC must possess a final U.S. Top Secret/Special Compartmented Information (TS/SCI). (more...)

For additional security clearance information, please contact the JFSC SSO at 757-443-6324/26 or at
No Waiver will be granted for students who do not possess a current TS/SCI. Students with Interim SCI are authorized to attend; interim clearance must be obtained by owning command prior to the start of class.


Quota Information

The Joint Information School is a high-demand course. Our charter is the first to support the joint force. The faculty must prioritize applicants and award seats to each class under the following prioritization.

Prioritization: Categories and Tiers

To preserve the joint environment unique to these courses, the faculty award each service one seat in each class. The faculty will award a seat in each class to the highest category and tiered applicant from each Service.

Category 1:

Priority for JIPC are military, government Civilian (or contracted) personnel assigned to a Joint Command on the JDAL. This includes those on orders conducting TDY en route during a permanent change of station move that assigns them to a tier 1 HQ. This does not include those in a deployed status or any other command relationship supporting this command type. Individuals must occupy or will occupy a Joint Staff authorized joint billet within the command. Preference in all tiers goes to these joint billets within a J39.

Tier A: Combatant Commands with an AOR according to the Unified Campaign Plan (UCP)

Tier B: Other combatant commands

Tier C: SECDEF-approved Joint Task Forces with JDAL

Tier D: Theater Special Operations Commands or SOCOM Sub-unified Commands


Tier F: Joint Staff, OSD Staff, and other DoD Agencies

Tier G: Other joint commands.

Tier H: Inter-agency partners

Category 2:

Personnel not assigned to Joint Commands within Tier 1 who:

Tier A: are currently deployed and OPCON to a Tier 1 command HQ above.

NOTE: Within 24 hours of applying, students must provide a memorandum for record (MFR) signed by a minimum of an  O5 level commander or O5 level Joint HQ staff division chief from the sponsoring supported unit. The MFR must validate the OPCON status of the individual and confirm that the signatory authorizes, and has the authority to approve, the requisite time required for the student to complete the course requirements while in a deployed status.

Tier B: is on deployment orders conducting pre-mission training to support an element within Tier 1 and will be OPCON to one of the Category 1 tiers command HQ.

NOTE: Priority within CAT 2 Tier B will be in the order of the CAT 1 Tiers. Within 24hrs of applying, students must send an MFR signed by their O5 commander. This MFR must: validate the deployment dates (+/-60 day estimation is acceptable); identifies the command the individual will be OPCON to while deployed; the signatory will authorize the required time during the duty day for students to complete course requirements without interference from pre-mission training.

Tier C: are assigned to Service-Component Command staff or information force units and/or elements that formally provide direct support to combatant commands in a non-expeditionary manner (E.g., Service Component Commands, Service-retained Cyber Mission Force Units, etc,)

Category 3:

Tier A: Personnel qualified in a service's information capability and currently assigned to an information force unit as outlined in JP 3-04.

Tier B: Personnel qualified in a service's information capability.

Tier C: Intelligence personnel assigned to service units in a Title X capacity do not qualify for category 1 or 2.

Tier D: All other servicemembers, DoD civilians, and contractors.


Rank Requirement

Per CJCSI 3210.01C (14 February 2014), the Joint Information Operations Force (JIOF) consists of IO units and staff elements within the Joint Staff, CCMD, and JTF/JFC headquarters population of commissioned officers in grades O-4 through O-9 and noncommissioned officers (NCOs) in grades E-6 through E-9 drawn from the Active and Reserve Components, as well as DoD civilians, who conduct IO.

Other students will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be required to obtain a letter of recommendation from their leadership.


Registration Instructions

To register for JIOPC follow the following instructions:
1.  Complete the JIOPC Application Form at (recommend using Internet Explorer)

2.  Send your completed 2875 and IA cert to the registrar office and SSO VIA email

3.  Student will have their clearance transmitted to the JFSC SSO at least two weeks prior to arriving. Your SSO may forward your clearance via DISS using SMO code 617203 for SCI, and 617206 for collateral. Our back channel message PLA is SSO JSFCOL. FAX number (757) 443-6053.


1.  The IA cert must be obtained on the JKO website only.

2.  Student must possess a TS/SCI clearance.

3.  As previously stated, JIOOC is a prerequisite for JIOPC! You must complete JIOOC before attending JIOPC!

4.  Orders from your service do not constitute course approval for JIOOC or JIOPC. All students must apply for JIOOC and JIOPC through JEMIS, as described above.

Contact Information

JIOPC Director: (757)-443-6343
Email: for IO all course Directors and Instructors

Last Update: 3 Jan 2023