Although the Goldwater-Nichols Act and subsequent Congressional action outlined the process and procedures for delivering joint education to Reserve Component members, there have been no concurrent statutory guidelines for Reserve Component Joint Officer Management. Requirements for Joint Specialty Officers (JSO) as outlined in Title 10, were specifically designated for active component (AC) officers and prevented RC officers from being designated as JSOs. In September 2002, the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs (ASD/RA) issued DOD Instruction 1215.20, Reserve Component Joint Officer Management, to provide these guidelines for RC officers. Among other things, DODI 1215.20 defined a new concept, the Fully Joint Qualified Officer as the RC parallel to the JSO.
In October 2007, DODI 1300.19, DOD Joint Officer Management Program, was signed. This DODI took a Total Force perspective and superseded DODI 1215.20. While there is a wealth of valuable information in that instruction, it contains a few key points for the RCJPME:
DODI 1300.19 officially recognized RCJPME as equivalent to JPME Phase II for RC officers. As of 30 June 2016, CJCSI 1800.01E Chg1 adds JCWS-H course as a JPME-II credit graduating program.
DODI 1300.19 establishes that it is DOD policy to "designate as JQOs sufficient numbers of quality officers who have completed Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase II (or in the case of RC officers, Joint and Combined Warfighting School – H (JCWS-H))," and to "establish, to the maximum extent practicable, similar policies emphasizing education and experience in joint matters for officers [in the Reserve Component]."
The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, under the USD (P&R) is assigned responsibility for monitoring "RC compliance with the DOD JQS program with the goal of increasing the pool of RC joint qualified officers."
View the current DODI 1300.19 (dated 3 April 2018).
Additional information about the JQO qualification and self-nomination process can be found in The Joint Qualification Handbook [pdf].