Information for Prospective Students

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To register for JCWS-H, contact your Service Admissions POC. Each POC will have information concerning schedules and the RC-specific nominative process.

JCWS-H Admissions Service POC's


Com: (502) 613-9035
DSN: 983-9035


Com: (757) 322-6610
DSN: 262-6610


Com: (703) 607-7337
DSN: 327-7337


Com: (703) 601-7066
DSN: 327-7066

Com:(240) 612-8676
DSN: 612-8676

MSgt Kevin Colbert
Comm:  (240) 612-8141 (DSN 612)


Com: (478) 327-1291
DSN: 497-1291


USCG/USCGR                                                                          Com: (757) 377 3242


Com: (703) 784-0523
DSN: 278-0523



  1. U.S. Military Officers (grades 04 and above). Students must have completed JPME Phase I at an Intermediate/Senior Service School or an approved equivalent. JCWS-H is designed for officers in the grades O-4 to O-6. Historically, our graduates range from Warrant Officers through O-8 during periods where eligibility criteria differed from present requirements.
  2. Students must have a current Secret Clearance (more...)
  3. Students must be selected by their respective Service.
The following are NOT prerequisites and are provided to enable you to better understand the program:
  1. Component.
    JCWS-H primarily supports the Reserve Component but is open to government civilians and active duty officers when nominated by their agency or military service.  As of 2016, JCWS-H is a JPME-II credit granting program and qualifies military officers for JQO Level III.
  2. Grade. JCWS-H is designed for officers in the grades O-4 to O-6; however, there have been graduates as junior as Warrant Officer and as senior as O-8.
  3. Position. The target for the course is an RC officer serving in or destined to serve in a billet on a Joint Staff or Joint Task Force. The reality is nearly every RC officer could be destined to serve in a Joint billet and some of our graduates have reported they were selected for joint assignments based on completion of JCWS-H.
Prospective civilian students must first be nominated by 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.
If the nominee has not completed JPME Phase I, they will need to attend the prerequisite five-day Joint Transition Course (JTC), which is scheduled four times per year.
The standard time frame for submitting applications is NLT 90-days prior to class start date. Final admissions authority rests with the JFSC Commandant.
Please fax or mail nomination packages to Fax: (757) 443-6026 or address: Joint Forces Staff College, Attn: DAA-Registrar, 7800 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk VA 23511-1702.
If additional program information is needed, please contact JFSC's Student Administration and Registrar Office at Commercial (757) 443-6189; DSN 646-6189.


Civilian DoD and  Interagency students who have not completed JPME Phase I will be scheduled to
attend JTC ( However, JTC must be completed prior to the start of F2-F1. For JTC scheduling and coordination, please contact the Registrar Office at DSN: 646-6124 or Comm: (757) 443-6124.


The Joint Forces Staff College does NOT fund RC orders for student attendance.  You or your respective Component (RC, AC, or Agency) must make the appropriate travel arrangements and fund attendance at the in-residence (face-to-face) portions of the JCWS-H syllabus. For issues concerning your travel orders and/or funding, coordinate directly with your respective component or organizational POCs. We will collect a copy of your travel orders at in-processing.

You will receive more specific travel-specific information from your instructor.

NAVY STUDENTS: Block 5 on your orders must have one of the following locations in order to receive pay for your time here: PERSUPPDET NS NORFOLK; or, PERSUPPDET SEWELLS POINT. A copy of your PAGE 2 is required during in-processing.



All students will receive an officer evaluation report, PIM, or letter documenting course completion covering the 40 weeks of JCWS-H. USAR/ARNG students will receive a DA Form 1059, USAFR/ANG students will receive an AF Form 475. Navy and USMC students will receive a PIM. USCGR, DoD civilians and interagency civilians receive a letter documenting course completion.



For more information about the JCWS-H program please contact the JFSC Registrar at 757-443-6124 or <> .



JCWS-H students utilize Blackboard and O365 to access online course materials and to communicate with faculty and colleagues. Blackboard and O365 single sign-on is available at  Student Blackboard and O365 access will be set up by JFSC upon course enrollment.


Q. Who is eligible?
A. Detailed information on eligibility requirements is listed above.
Q. How do I apply?
A. Individuals must apply via their respective Service. JFSC cannot take direct applications for the program. Information on Service POCs can be found above at JCWS-H Student Application/Service POCS.
Q. What do I get out of this course once I've completed it?
A. Graduates are JPME Phase II qualified pursuant to DODI 1300.19 and considered eligible for Joint Duty Assignments.  Joint Duty credit is managed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  
Q. Can the requirement for U.S. Military to complete JPME Phase I be waived?
A. No.
Q. Is there civilian academic credit associated with JCWS-H?
A. Yes. JFSC is part of the National Defense University, which is nationally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The JCWS-H program has been granted up to 9 quarter hour credits toward a Master's degree. Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement exist with multiple universities.
Q. How much time will it take to complete the coursework?
A. The course typically takes an average of 8 to 10 hours per week.
Q. Are there any writing requirements?
A. Yes. There are formal writing assignments and numerous online assignments. Non-instructional weeks are scattered throughout the two DL phases to allow students research time.
Q. Must I be online at any specific time?

Typically students must complete assigned lessons during scheduled one- or two-week periods, working at times most convenient for them. There are, however, some synchronous events that require students to meet online at specific times. As students in a typical JCWS-H class are located in multiple time zones around the world, recordings are made available for those who cannot attend.

Q. Can I accelerate my pace in the course and complete it earlier?
A. No. Classes progress together from Weeks 1 to 40. The Hybrid environment requires timely student interaction to learn from the discussion threads and other interactions. Individual self-study would not support our academic outcomes.
Q. How do I get funding to attend the F2F periods?

Individuals must coordinate funding via their respective Service. Information on Service POCs can be found above at "JCWS-H Student Application".

Q. Where are the F2F sessions conducted?
A. They are conducted at JFSC in Norfolk, Virginia.
Q. How will I access the JCWS-H courseware?
A. JCWS-H students utilize Blackboard and O365 to access online course materials and to communicate with faculty and colleagues. Blackboard and O365 single sign-on is available at  Student Blackboard and O365 access will be set up by JFSC upon course enrollment.


Last Updated: 11 February 2020