Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Joint Discretionary Points Update

JQS dual path, from JOM JQS

It has been a while since I've posted on Joint Discretionary Points, and after talking with some officers on a neighboring watchfloor, I realized it's probably long overdue.  First, the Joint Officer Management (JOM) office moved to the Pentagon after Joint Forces Command shut down.  They now have a nice website, located here:

https://wss.apan.org/s/JSOFUN/jom_jqs/SitePages/Home.aspx

Since it's APAN, I think it's easier for them to update it, because the site is very much up to date.  You can get an introduction to how the Joint Qualification System works here:

https://wss.apan.org/s/JSOFUN/jom_jqs/SitePages/JQS%20Paths.aspx

To submit for discretionary credit you do the following:

1. Log into this CAC-enabled website: https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/jmis/JQSindex.jsp

2. Update your profile with your current command address, email and other information.

3. Look at your experience and ensure it matches reality. If not, contact PERS-45J to get it fixed.

4. Take some distance classes to gain joint discretionary points. Currently (as of my 1/25/15 review) you can do the following classes from JKO:

J3OP-US026     Joint Special Operations University: Joint Special Operations Task Force
J4OP-US116     Joint Deployment Distribution Operations Center Course
J3OP-US112     Joint Fires Observer Familiarization Course
J3OP-US109     Link 16 Joint Interoperability Course
J3ST-US026      Joint Special Operations University: Joint Special Operations Task Force

You can also take the Cyber Operations Fundamentals Course. I previously posted here on how to register.

I have a decent powerpoint that explains how the Joint Discretionary Point System works that will hopefully cut through the bad gouge that exists:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B406g5-UTmXjeU5PbWYzMy0xZDg/view?usp=sharing

The biggest thing you can do for joint discretionary points is apply when you get experience. This will help you stay on top of the points and potentially get you to not have to take a JDAL billet, which gives you flexibility for your career.



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