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NEWPORT, R.I. (Dec. 2012) Professor Eric Shaw, Joint Military Operations department, leads a seminar discussion for the reserve Joint Maritime Operations course at the U.S. Naval War College. (Photo by Lt. John Ripley) Professor Eric Shaw, Joint Military Operations department, leads a seminar discussion for the reserve Joint Maritime Operations course at the U.S. Naval War College. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. John Ripley)

From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
Dec. 14, 2012

NEWPORT, R.I. – Seventy-one reserve officers completed a two-week Joint Maritime Operations course at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) Dec. 14 that will bring them a step closer to earning their joint professional military education (JPME).

Offered by the NWC Operational Support Office, College of Distance Education (CDE) and the Joint Military Operations (JMO) department, the executive development course was designed to educate reserve officers on JMO requirements required for JPME Phase I qualifications.

This qualification is required for Navy officers to take command. All Navy officers are encouraged to achieve full Joint Service Officer (JSO) status, which requires completion of JPME Phases I and II, as well as a minimum 24-month tour in a JCS-approved Joint Duty Assignment. This class contributed to the completion of the joint maritime operations portion, or one-third, of JPME Phase I qualifications.

“We offer three core courses every year and they are all very popular with reserve officers of all the military services,” said NWC’s operational support officer, Lt. Cmdr. Dom Pastorin. “The course features both lectures and seminar sessions dealing with a wide range of disciplines such as political science, leadership, psychology, management and anthropology.”

Of the 71 students, 58 were Navy reservists, 10 were Coast Guard reservists, two were Marine Corps reservists, and one Army reservist.

During this session’s JMO course, students focused primarily on operational art and joint force planning, said Ivan Luke, an associate professor with NWC’s Joint Military Operations department.

The reserve officers, he said, bring a wealth of life experience to the classroom, including operational tours of duty in combat zones.

“We've been very much impressed with the students,” Luke said. “They are highly motivated and bring a lot of relevant experience to the mix.  They are obviously representative of a highly professional reserve component that has been fully engaged and vital to our operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  We're very glad we can give them this educational opportunity.”

Before arriving on campus for the in-residency course, students received nearly 400 pages of reading materials and a CD containing lectures, and had to complete an exam. While on campus, students attended seminars and lectures, and played the role of planners at the operational level of war to plan a joint operation in response to a fictional crisis scenario.

Reserve officers from any of the military services can enroll in the program to attain their JPME Phase I qualifications. According to Pastorin, the qualification can be more challenging given a reserve officer’s career demands. Reserve officers can learn more about NWC’s JPME opportunities by calling the Operational Support Office at (401) 841-4068. Information about NWC’s distance education offering for active duty, reserve, and federal agency employees can be found online at: http://www.usnwc.edu/cde.
Posted by Cmdr. Carla M. McCarthy