LIVINGIW wrote:I will take a different view than COMEVIL...
If you can get to NPS as a JO, take it. Get your technical Masters degree and complete JPME I.
Then as an O5, when you have some more time under your belt, get to NWC (or ICAF, Natl WC, other service WC, etc) for the senior course (w/ JPME II credit).
Best of both worlds... get your technical background while you need it... then get your bigger level thinking when you are ready to go on to other staff jobs....
But that said, if they only offer you NWC and not NPS, take it.
TomahawkChop wrote:Since I didn't see the registration links, I've got a blog post here with the links to register for the program:
I completed JPME Phase I while I was deployed to Bahrain. It took 8 months for me, and wasn't too bad. I definitely learned a lot, and the NWC course was very well structured and straight forward. I did the CD course, and it worked out well (JS7 was entered on my electronic record without me having to do anything).
I'm also in a distance EE masters program from NPS. I wish I would have started it sooner, mainly so I could extend it out over more than one tour. More than one class a semester is killer, so I recommend starting early. Definitely make a degree plan if you want to do the distance masters. It's possible, just a bigger project than other distance masters, since it's a fairly tough program.
Personally, I hate California, so I really didn't want to go to NPS, hence the distance degree. FYI, you get the 5300L subspecialty enroute if you complete one of the certificate course sets.
Tommy Boy wrote:I did the web enabled USMC Command and Staff Course for JPME Phase I and I recommend it. I took the USMC version to learn something new vice taking the Navy course. The course work has paid off, I'm currently wrapping up 10 months of in-residence work here at the Air War College completing JPME Phase II. I was ready to go when a seat in residence opened up for Phase II.
Cons: course work takes two years. You do have to buy 2 books during the course but they are inexpensive. The General's War and The American Way of War
Pros: I took the course while I was stationed in the UK and was the only sailor in a class full of Marines. The USMC assigned me to a seminar based in Hawaii so assignments were due by midnight Sunday Hawaii time so living in the UK I had extra time to complete the assignments. Small class size 8-10 students in seminar. All of the course materials are electronic so it makes studying much easier for me. No boxes of books shipped to your house.
Course follows regular class schedule so time off for Thanksgiving, Christmas.
Class starts on Mondays where you take a five question quiz and post responses to the questions of the week. Tuesdays-Wednesdays you respond to fellow classmates posts and instructor questions. Week starts over. Normally you write one paper per semester. My seminar was made up of Marines from all over the world, Australia, Germany, Nigeria, etc. Support from Hawaii was great! Super instructors who you spend the entire two years working with. USMC partnered with the University of Oklahoma to transfer 15 hours towards a Masters if you need one at the completion of the program. I took advantage of the Master's degree transfer option as well. Classes usually form up in late August.
Link for more info on the course.
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