In 2007, Joint Forces Command established a process through which officers can submit joint training and experiences for points toward the 36 needed to earn the Joint Qualified Officer (JQO) designation. But after an intensive effort to accomplish this, I have concluded the Navy has missed the boat on this initiative.
Of more than 500 on the list of approved courses for Joint Knowledge Online (JKO), only 12 are Navy, both online and in the classroom. Yet the material covered in U.S. Navy courses such as Joint Maritime Tactics, Global Command and Control Operations, and Commanding Officer’s Anti-Terrorism is nearly identical to that of other services’ offerings that are on the list. I reviewed classes I had taken in the standard surface warfare officer pipeline and discovered that at least four were potentially applicable for joint credit, but they were not on the approved list, so no credit could be given.