In September 2000, under the leadership of then USSOCOM Commander, Army General Peter Schoomaker, JSOU was established as an institution of higher learning. Since its founding, JSOU has strived to provide the highest quality of joint SOF leadership education at both the operational and strategic levels. JSOU provides resident, mobile education team (MET), distance learning (DL), and PME courses to the joint SOF community. University faculty and staff members also support senior and intermediate-level PME programs and the emerging educational requirements of numerous U.S., interagency, and international organizations.
JSOU provides education to U.S. SOF and to the people who enable the SOF mission in a joint environment. In addition to the regular courses taught at MacDill Air Force Base (AFB), JSOU routinely conducts both regular and tailored off-station activities for SOF units worldwide by means of remote on-site instruction, DL courses, and via video teleinstruction (VTI).