O-4's hate me wrote:Anyone at Ft Meade working on JPME Phase 1? Any suggestions on how to get started or how long it takes would be appreciated.
Not sure if you've found the info you need, but I started the JPME Phase I curriculum at Ft. Meade. Classes last approx. 8 mos (Aug-May). There are 3 classes, but NWC will allow you to double up after taking the first class and doing well. The class requiring the most prep work between sessions is Strategy and War (used to be Strategy & Policy). It's a history class on steroids, so plan on reading a ton of stuff. I recommend you take this class first and then if you're ambitious take NSDM and JMO together the next year. I took 3 classes in 3 years and felt that was about my speed. Each class meets once per week. The material taught each week is synched nation-wide, so if you are TAD to a fleet concentration area, you may be able to take the class while away from home. I did this several times during my first class and it both saved me from missing valuable discussion/instruction, but also from the executive summaries (read "penalty papers") levied when a class is missed. Also, if you get deployed (depending on how long is left in your class), the instructors will work with you so you don't have to withdraw from the class. I was able to finish the end of two classes from deployment (Iraq and Westpac). One other thing. You have to apply to the program each year, but don't expect to get your approval/acceptance until almost before class begins. For all 3 classes, I didn't find out I got in until just a couple of weeks before class began. In one case, my letter got mailed to my home of record (parent's house) and I almost found out too late.
I highly recommend this program.