Joint Information Planners Course (JIPC) Phase I

Joint Information Planner’s Course Phase I is a prerequisite to Joint Information Planner’s Course (JIPC) Phase II.

This course was formerly called the Joint Information Operations Orientation Course (JIOOC).

Course Mission

The JIPC Phase I is a distant learning course for military members and DOD civilians, who would like a basic understanding of the joint operations, information joint function, and operations in the information environment.

Course Objectives

This course consists of several modules and assignments designed to orient you to information planning and the information capabilities and activities.  The lessons will provide a brief introduction to the following topics:

Introduction to joint warfighting and joint operations

Introduction to information in joint operations

Information theory and the information environment

Legality as it relates to information

Information capabilities and activities

Introduction to joint planning and joint targeting

The overall goal is to assist you in preparation for future combatant command level information planning.  We focus on the operational level of war.

The method we use is the Socratic method of learning.  This method depends upon reflection and effective questioning to be successful so we encourage you to challenge the material, discussion questions, instructors, your fellow students and your own assumptions. 

Course Description

This asynchronous Distance Learning course is presented in a weekly self-paced manner. 

JIPC Phase I is conducted on the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) and can be accessed 24/7 from any computer or mobile device once your account is established.

Course Length

The course is four (4) weeks.  The lessons will require approximately 34 hours to complete, excluding writing assignments.  Time to complete writing assignments vary for each student.

Graduation Criteria

Each student is expected to contribute to the course learning environment each week.  Students are evaluated on their overall effectiveness while contributing to online discussions according to a rubric.

In addition to online discussions, students complete a written case study assignment and take several exams.  Students must obtain a minimum 80% overall grade to receive credit.

Security Clearance Requirements

There is no clearance requirement for students.  However, all students must complete the Cyber Cybersecurity Compliance requirements to officially become an NDU/JFSC student.

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

This is a two-step process:  registering in JEMIS and enrolling in NDU by completing Cyber Cybersecurity Compliance requirements.

The JEMIS website can be found here:

NDU Cybersecurity Compliance requirements can be found here:

Note:  access to NDU information systems is predicated on user compliance with DoD/NDU cybersecurity regulations.  No student will receive access to any NDU system until the student has accurately, fully and verifiably completed all mandatory DoD/NDU cybersecurity requirements.

Contact Information

JIPC Phase I Lead Instructor:  (757) 443-6320
Email: for JIS all - course lead instructors and Director


Last Update: 30 Aug 2023