Description: This course prepares students to conduct operational-level planning in the joint environment. The curriculum focuses on the links between national security guidance and strategy with operational planning in the joint environment as well as joint operational planning principles and processes. Using the Joint Planning Process (JPP), students work in joint planning groups to analyze and recommend operational solutions to an operational problem.
Audience: Special operations military officers (O3-O5), warrant officers (W1-W4), senior noncommissioned officers (E7-E9), and government civilians (GS11 and up) as well as non-SOF military and civilians who are preparing for, are en route to, or are serving in a joint special operations assignment (TSOC, JTF, JSOTF, GCC SOF billet USSOCOM, or component HQ) that may involve joint staff planning.
Prerequisites: The following is a list of courses you must complete prior to the resident portion of the course:
Introduction to Special Operations Forces - Distance Learning (Pilot)
Doctrine for the Armed Forces of the US
Joint Operational Planning
Crisis Action Planning Vignette
Joint Task Force: From the Commanders Perspective
The total time to complete all the prerequisite courses is approximately 12 hours. Upon completion of each course, you must print each certificate and submit them during in-processing. There is no certificate for the Crisis Action Planning Vignette. If you are familiar with a subject, you may proceed directly to the test. These courses are accredited and may be transferred through the American Military University or American Public University. These courses, except for Introduction to Special Operations Forces Course, are provided by the Doctrine Networked Education and Training (DOCNET) the courses are located in the capstone, operations, and planning tabs on the left side of the page.
Text and Material: The instructor of record will email students any required text or materials.
Accreditation: JSOU is currently an accredited educational institution accredited through the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) - a national accrediting agency recognized by the Department of Education.