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Joint Officer Management (JOM) - Joint Qualification System (JQS)


This site is a one stop shop for joint staff officer information, resources, training, and joint qualifications.

 Joint Qualification System (JQS) Paths


Joint qualifications can be obtained through three paths:


 Standard Path


Standard-Joint Duty Assignment (S-JDA) Traditional Path

Through which the majority of officers will continue to complete a joint duty assignment (JDA).  S-JDAs refer to positions on the Joint Duty Assignment List (JDAL) for the standard tour length as defined by 10, U.S.C, 664.
  • Active Component (AC) and Reserve Component (RC) officers must be assigned to a JDAL position to receive joint duty credit under the “traditional” JDA path. 
  • Assignment to different JDAL positions with no break in time may be counted as one continuous tour of duty to meet minimum tour length requirements.
  • Active Component and full-time RC officers must serve a minimum of three years to receive full joint duty credit, unless waived by the Military Personnel Policy (USD(MPP)), or meet the requirements for early release as outlined in enclosure h of reference (c).  Officers who serve in a S-JDA less than the duration needed to qualify for full joint duty credit may receive accrued credit for time served in the S-JDA.    
  • Officers in the grade of O-3 assigned to S-JDAs may receive joint duty credit; all joint duty provisions apply, including tour length and early release requirements.  Officers in grades O-1 and O-2 may not be assigned to S-JDAs.

 Experience Path


Experience-Joint Duty Assignment (E-JDA) - Experience Path

Through which an officer accumulates an equivalent level of joint experience.  Discretionary points, to include joint exercises, joint training, and other education that contributes on an officer’s expertise in joint matters, may be combined with E-JDA points to achieve the minimum points required for each qualification level.
  • This is a non-JDAL assignment or experience that demonstrates an officer’s mastery of knowledge, skills, and ability in joint matters. 
  • Officers nominate via the self-nomination web-based application found at <https//>.  
  • Officers submit their self-nominated joint experience to their respective Military Service Personnel Center for processing within 1 year of completing their joint experience.  Refer to reference (c) for additional information.
  • Submissions are first screened and vetted by the Service Joint Officer Management and Personnel/Human Resource staffs before being forwarded to the Joint Staff for evaluation by a Joint Experience Review Panel.
  • Officers in the grade of O-7 (or O-7 select) should contact their Service General or Flag Officer Matters office for details on how to self-nominate experiences
  • The Joint Experience Review Panels will consider and adjudicate self-nominated experiences, unless addressed specifically in the Joint Staff, J1, JQS experience review guidance.  The Joint Staff, J1/JOM, schedules panel dates, request Service nominations for panel membership and sets self-nomination experience submission suspense dates prior to the panel review. The Joint Staff J1, will serve as the panel chair for O-6 panels; conversely, an O-6 from the Joint Staff J1, will serve as the panel chair for O-5 and below.
    • The Panel may:  (1) recommend disapproval of the experience as clearly not having met the standard; (2) validate the experience as meeting the standard and determine the intensity factor to be applied.  Intensity factor is based on location of experience.  If experience is gained in a hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay area (determined by OSD) then that experiences receives an intensity factor multiplier of 3.  All others are intensity factor 1.  CJCS may award intensity factor 2 for rare experiences, such as Katrina disaster relief; or (3) take no action.
    • The Panel forwards a recommendation that officers with validated joint experiences be awarded joint experience points by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; recommendations for disapproval are also forwarded.  The Vice Director, Joint Staff, has been delegated approval authority on behalf of the Chairman.

 Combination of S-JDA and E-JDA

Combination of S-JDA and E-JDA
A combination of S-JDA time served and E-JDA joint experiences (to include experience and discretionary points as noted above) that are combined to meet the minimum 36 months/points requirement, although over 36 months/points may be required due to the 12-month recency requirements.
  • Part-time officers obtain full joint duty credit in a part-time JDAL position upon completion of one of the three different paths.  To earn full tour credit in part-time JDAL position, an officer must complete all participation requirements in a part-time S-JDA positon and the required number of E-JDA points.  See table below.
Years in S-JDA
+ Experience Points
Minimum Annual Participation in S-JDA (days a year)
O-6 and Below
6-Year S-JDA Credit
3-Year S-JDA/E-JDA
2-Year S-JDA/E-JDA
O-7 and Above
Full G/FO S-JDA Credit

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