Tuesday, January 7, 2014

E-JDA points are probably a bad deal

There are two tracks to qualifying as a Joint Officer. One track involves serving in a JDAL billet, the traditional path. The other involves acquiring experience over time through experience, called E-JDA.

These discretionary points make sense on the outside. Rather than getting a "shot of joint" in one tour, you get joint experience over time, throughout your career. By the time you are an O-6, you would have over three years of experience and be eligible for JQO.

And yet, this doesn't work.

Go here for the results of the discretionary points boards:


Perusing these files, it's obvious that you have very little chance actually getting E-JDA credit unless you happen to be an O-5 or O-6.

Just using the active duty numbers from October 2013, I get the following:

Points Granted: 23.9
Points Denied: 264
Selection Percentage: 8.3%

Points Granted: 37.5
Points Denied: 295.9
Selection Percentage: 11.2%

Points Granted: 36.1
Points Denied: 92.5
Selection Percentage: 28.1%

Perusing the other months, I'm seeing similar results. Sadly, there isn't any really good guidance on submissions. I read the Joint Matters and wrote my two submissions accordingly, but both were denied.

My advice: don't plan on getting E-JDA credit as an O-3 or O-4 without contacting your detailer first and having a backup plan.


  1. Great breakout, this helps me understand why my submission was denied. Frustrating to say the least.

  2. First, the Quarterly Joint Qual Report for 1st Qtr/FY14 was released today: https://wss.apan.org/s/JSOFUN/jom_jqs/Shared%20Documents/Joint_Qualification_Report_Current.pdf

    Second, you're wrong about E-JDA track. Approx. 230 Navy Reserve Component officers have qualified via the experience track (including myself.) There is a comparative dearth of Navy RC billets on the JDAL and therefore the E-JDA track is the primary route for reservists to qualify.

    I suspect the boards may have rejected the majority of the self-nominations because Joint Matters is focused on strategic-level processes involving strategic-level decision making. Even when JOs are supporting strategic-level organizations, their contributions frequently are not themselves strategic. (I've been there.)

    Also, your statistics have several omissions -- you forgot at least one approved CDR/O-5 experience (worth 39+ points) and then entirely omitted the Fast Track Results for all paygrades.

    Include the fast track data and take another look at how it plays out.