JFSC Graduates First International Students from Online SEJPME Course
Mr. John R. Lipps Jr., (right), Program Manager, Senior Enlisted Leader Development at JFSC is pictured with Sergeant Major Bryan B. Battaglia, (left) USMC, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a March 20, 2013 engagement at JFSC. Photo credit: David McManaway
Soldiers from Canada and Slovakia have become the first two international students to graduate from the Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course (SEJPME) offered online by NDU’s Joint Forces Staff College.
The SEJPME course is a mandatory prerequisite for the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy. The Web-based course uses multimedia instruction to deliver curriculum on joint doctrine and service information. The 40-plus hours of instruction include courses on National Military Command Structure, Interagency Operations, Multinational Operations, and Service Roles and Mission.
John Lipps, JFSC's SEJPME program manager, said that he's been working to include international students since the online course launched in 2007, and that he hopes to increase the number.
"We would like to see more enrollments from our allies and partners working directly with U.S. forces, no matter where that interaction takes place, whether at combatant commands, joint task forces or NATO," Lipps said. He noted that today's complex global operating environment requires a solid network of senior enlisted leaders who can communicate with each other to accomplish the mission, share ideas, and learn lessons from one another.
For more information on course prerequisites, potential students can contact the Joint Forces Staff College's international military student office at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the JFSC website.