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Navy Supply Corps joint qualification primer.

The following is the first in a two-part article on joint qualification. Part one provides history and background to the Joint Qualification Officer (JQO) while part two presents the stepby- step self-nomination process for joint credit.

The typical Supply Corps officer career will follow a path charted by many years of experienced Supply Corps leadership. In addition to the Basic Qualification Course, it will likely include operational duty both afloat and ashore, shorebased assignments, graduate education, and a joint assignment. While the foundation is laid for you, it is essential you take an active part in managing the actual progression of your career through thoughtful planning and communication with mentors.

This primer provides a closer look at the joint qualification process and focus areas for joint billets, assignments and qualifications. This article also details the steps involved with successfully completing your Experience Joint Duty Assignment (E-JDA) self-nomination package and shares helpful hints to prepare your submission and improve chances of approval by the Joint Qualification System (JQS) Panel. Becoming a Level III Joint Qualified Officer (JQO) is a key milestone for Supply Corps Officers. Qualification as a Level III JQO requires you to complete Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) phases one and two, and a joint tour or Experience-Joint Duty Assignment (E-JDA) points equivalent (normally 36 points).

Joint Qualified Officers

Joint Qualified Officers (JQO) were borne out of the Goldwater- Nichols Act of 1986. Further direction was provided in the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2007 where it stated, "The Secretary of Defense shall establish different levels of joint qualification, as well as the criteria for qualification at each level; each level shall, as a minimum, have both joint education criteria and joint experience criteria; and the purpose of establishing such qualification levels is to ensure a systematic, progressive, careerlong development of officers in joint matters and to ensure that officers serving as general and flag officers have the requisite experience and education to be highly proficient in joint matters."

Based upon the preceding passage it is clear that joint qualification and experience are extremely important in the development of your career. For the Navy Supply Corps to remain relevant in the future, Supply Corps Officers must have the training and experience to operate and excel within the joint environment. In building a successful career, one must consider joint qualification as an important milestone. This primer is to serve as a guide in professional and career development.

Joint Qualification System (JQS)

The JQS provides active and Reserve component officers an opportunity to earn joint qualifications upon completion of the requisite joint professional military education and completion of a full tour of duty in a joint assignment. Joint assignment credit can be awarded via the standard path (S-JDA): serving either in a Joint Duty Assignment List (JDAL) position, or the experience path (E-JDA): service in a non-JDAL position for which an officer may request the experience be considered for award of joint experience points.

The JQS offers four levels of joint qualification [Level I, Level II, Level III (aka Joint Qualified Officer (JQO), and Level IV] (Figure 1.1) to recognize the career-long accumulation of joint knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Standard Joint Duty Assignment (S-JDA)

Assignment to a position listed on the JDAL is considered to be the "standard" path to earning joint qualification. JDAL positions are detailed based on screening by the services and the joint organizations. Generally, officers serving in a JDAL position are O-4 and above.

Except for assignments terminated by joint duty tour length waivers or for one of the reasons listed in Enclosure 7 of DoDI 1300.19, Active Component and full-time Reserve Component (RC) officers in grades O-6 and below must complete at least three years and G/FOs must complete at least two years in order to earn "full" joint duty credit.

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The tour length for RC officers who perform duty periodically in a JDAL position is set at six cumulative years for O-6s and below (initial assignment not less than three years) and four cumulative years for G/ FOs (initial assignment not less than two years). DoDI 1300.19, Enclosure 13 details the RC joint qualification program.

A tour of duty in which an officer serves in more than one joint duty assignment without a break between such assignments shall be considered to be a single tour of duty in a joint duty assignment.

Experience Joint Duty Assignment (E-JDA)

As of September 2010, Officers in the grades of O-1 through O-6 may self-nominate their experiences and request award of "joint experience points". This process can be found at, https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/jmis/JQSindex.jsp

The current global environment has placed Supply Corps officers in high demand. Individual Augmentee Manpower Management (IAMM) and Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Support Assignment (GSA) programs are just two of the many requirements Supply Corps officers are summoned to support. It should be noted that "joint experience points" for these IA assignments can be credited up to a ratio of three for one. That is three months credit for one month served!

Submissions are first screened and vetted by the Service Joint Officer Management (for Navy this is PERS-45J) and Personnel/Human Resource staffs before being forwarded to the Joint Staff for evaluation by a Joint Experience Review Panel.

The Joint Experience Review Panel is chaired by DJ-1 and composed of senior officers representing the services.

The Panel may: 1) validate the experience as meeting the standard and determine the intensity factor to be applied, 2) recommend disapproval of the experience as clearly not having met the standard; this package may be resubmitted one additional time for the same experience. If disapproved a second time, the officer will not be able to receive joint credit for that billet, or 3) take no action, the package is simply returned to the applicant without negatively impacting the application. The "no action" event means the board either: a) isn't familiar with the position and doesn't understand the position description in the application, or b) doesn't have enough information to make an informed decision on the package. In either event, the returned package is treated as though it never made it to the board.

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The Panel forwards their recommendations, approvals and disapprovals, to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Vice Director, Joint Staff, has been delegated approval authority on behalf of the Chairman.

Officers in the grades of O-7 (or O-7 select) should contact their Service General or Flag Officer Matters office for details on how to self-nominate experiences.

JOINT: It Does "MATTER"

Joint matters are the foundation of joint credit. Whether validating a position for placement on the Joint Duty Assignment List (JDAL) or validating individual experience, the criteria that must be met is the statutory definition of "Joint Matters".

Part two of the article will provide detailed insight into the E-JDA (self-nomination) process.

Contributors: LCDR Bruce Begley, SC, USN; Catherine Alexander; and Michael Rutten
Supply Corps Officer Strength

As of November 2010

       Selected                     LDO/WO
       Regular   Reserve  Active    FTS    Total

FLAG         13        6       0       0     19
CAPT        179       77       2       8    266
CDR         372      193       8      25    598
LCDR        509      176      25      44    754
LT          695      169      62      21    947
LTJG        313      177      49       6    515
ENS         304      153      15       1    473
CWO           0        3      76       0     79
TOTAL      2385      954     207     105   3651


By Rear Adm. Kurt Kunkle and Capt. Harry Thetford
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Date:Jan 1, 2011
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