Requirements for US Military Students in the JPME Masters Programs at Fort McNair

US Military Students are required to attend one of the Military Service In-Briefs.  

NOTE: US Military Students returning from overseas assignments may be approved to report early. The Military Service Chairs will approve requests on a case-by-case basis. If approved, check-in with MILPER upon arrival. Thereafter, report to your college daily until the Mass In-Processing day. Otherwise, if you arrive to the local area before the report date, you will remain in a leave status.

As an incoming student to National Defense University in 2024, you will be part of an important milestone: the implementation of our new student information system, NDU Connect. We’re excited to offer an improved student experience, but also expect some bumps along the way. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate the new system and processes together. 

This page applies to US Military Students in the following programs. See college-specific information at the links immediately below:   

See the University's Incoming Student Information page for a directory to other programs. 

NDU Connect Student Portal for US Military Students

You will be sent a welcome message from NDU Connect to the email address that was provided to us. Please ensure that your service provides us valid email address to which you have reliable access throughout the admissions and onboarding process; personal email addresses are preferred to ensure delivery of automated emails. Upon receipt of the welcome message, please follow the instructions to set your password for the NDU Connect Student Portal. After your initial login, access the student portal at using your username, which was provided in the welcome message, and the password you created. Do not reuse the link in your welcome message.

In the NDU Connect Student Portal, you are required to complete the following:

1. Confirmation of Admission Action

  • Start in the Application Center.
  • Select the link to your application (i.e., APP-XXXX) under the column header Application Name; do not select your name.
  • Select Accept to indicate that you will attend NDU as expected. If your situation has changed, please select Decline or Defer, and you will be contacted by an NDU registrar to coordinate your status with your service.
  • Below your admissions offer and acceptance options, you will see an application form on this page. Please disregard – you are not required to complete an application.

Upon your acceptance of the admissions offer, you will be taken to the My Tasks tab in the portal.

2. Onboarding Validation Wizard

The wizard appears at top of the My Tasks page. Note that information we already have about you will be pre-filled in the wizard. Page 1 of the wizard is Information Required for Cyber Compliance (see NDU's IT and Cybersecurity Requirements page); the information will be used to prepopulate REQUIRED forms, which will be delivered to you later via DocuSign. To complete page 1:

  • Correct any of the pre-filled information.
  • Complete any missing information, specifically:
    • At least one Phone number
    • Preferred phone number
    • DoD CAC Number (EDIPI)
    • Social Security Number
    • Security Officer Name
    • Security Officer Email

Page 2 of the wizard is Information Required to Customize your Educational Experience: Please complete all information on the form.

3. Program-Specific Tasks

  • Complete the tasks in the Open Tasks list provided.
  • To view instructions for the task, click the hyperlink in the Subject column of the list.
  • For tasks that instruct you to upload a file, please go to the My Profile page, click on the Related Tab, and scroll down to the Files area to upload. Please follow the file naming convention in the instructions, e.g. SmithJ_KeyPolicies, RiveraM_RecordsRelease.
  • As you finish each task, click the Mark Complete button and the task will disappear from your Open Tasks list.

NOTE:  Instructions are also provided in the portal for most of the onboarding steps. In addition to instructions, when you see the  symbol, hover over it to see more information.

If you need assistance, please contact

Contact Info for Military Service Representatives (MilReps) at Fort McNair

Military students should contact their MilRep if they have any questions or concerns. 




  MILPER Chief

  LTC Michael E. Warren

  MILPER Senior Enlisted Leader

  MSG Ashley Vega

  Air Force and Space Force

  MSgt Whitney C. Lewis 


  SSG Brandi Williams

 Sea Services (USN, USMC, USCG)

  PS1 Deshawn Williams

IT and Cybersecurity Requirements

All students should thoroughly read NDU's IT and Cybersecurity Requirements page. Completion of these requirements will be tracked in NDU Connect. You will have the opportunity during Student Orientation Week to troubleshoot technical issues both face-to-face and online with NDU Help Desk personnel.

Passing US Military Student Security Clearances to NDU

All security clearance information must be submitted to the NDU Security Office at least 30 days prior to the first day of class. Security Specialist POCs are Montez Winters, (202) 685-2134, and Cody Maxwell, (202) 685-7309. 

  • Active Duty Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Military Students: Security clearances will be verified through the Defense Information System for Security (DISS) by the NDU Security Office. Minimum required clearance is SECRET, SCI is not a requirement to attend. This verification process will begin 5 Jul 2024
  • DoD Military Reservists and National Guard Members: Security clearances must be passed to the NDU Security Office by the student's Reserve/Guard command via DISS. The Security Management Office (SMO) code to pass SECRET, TOP SECRET, and SCI clearances through DISS to NDU is DJJNDU3/JFSC is DJJNDU7. The name of the student's college (CIC, CISA, ES, NWC or course of instruction JCWS, JAWS) must be entered into the POC section of the visit request for the clearance to be identified properly by NDU Security Specialists. This verification process will begin 5 Jul 2024. You will be required to report the completion of this task in NDU Connect.
  • Coast Guard Military Students: A Visit Request must be submitted to NDU's Security Office on official letterhead via FAX to (202) 685-3765. TS and SCI Clearances must be submitted separately via FAX. Students attending at JFSC send FAX to (757) 443-6046. This verification process will begin on 5 Jul 2024. You will be required to report the completion of this task in NDU Connect.

Common Access Card (CAC) Reissuing to US Military Students at Fort McNair via RAPIDS

CAC processing is available to US military students who need a CAC reissued to them. The NDU Security Office highly recommends that you complete the CAC reissuing process as soon as possible to ensure base access and a smooth in-processing. Obtain an appointment for CAC reissuing through the NDU Security office. For appointment scheduling, please reach out to NDU Security.

US Military Student Travel Requirements

To ensure eligibility to participate in the program travel requirements, students should review the instructions and complete the necessary documents and tasks as explained below. Students will complete either #1 or #2 depending on whether they already have a DoD Government Travel Card (GTC). All students should complete #3 and #4.

  1. DoD GTC Transfer Authorization Form *For students who already have a DoD GTC. Download, complete, and upload the signed form into your NDU Connect Student Profile with filename: LastNameFirstInitial_GTCTransfer You will report completion of this task on the GTC Status question on your My Profile page.
  2. NDU GTC Instructions *For students who need to apply for a DoD GTC. Please follow these instructions to apply for a card. You will report completion of this task on the GTC Status question on your My Profile page.
  3. DoD GTC Statement of Understanding *For all students. Please download, complete, and upload the signed form into your NDU Connect Student Profile with the filename: LastNameFirstInitial_GTCUnderstanding
  4. In the NDU Connect Student Portal, complete the following fields in the My Profile page. 
    • Birthdate
    • Passport Information
    • DTS Account Status
    • DoD GTC Status
    • Last 8 Digits of DoD GTC (if applicable)

If your card has expired or you have lost your card, please call Citibank at 800-200-7056. If your direct deposit information has changed, you will be responsible for updating it in your DTS profile.

All US Military Students must hold a US military personnel passport that has an expiration date AFTER 15 Jun 2025. You will be required to report your passport information in NDU Connect.

Medical Readiness for US Military Students at Fort McNair

US Military Students must complete their Personal Health Assessment Part 1 in their respective service medical readiness portal (i.e., MEDPROS) prior to in-processing. Military students must also verify that their Medical Readiness is up-to-date, including their annual PHA (Periodic Health Assessment), annual Dental Exam, and biannual HIV. As a reminder, all military students must meet their services’ weight and/or fitness standards. For information concerning the Tricare East Region please call (800) 444-5445, or visit their website at will be required to report the completion of these tasks in NDU Connect.

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Base Guide

The JBMHH guide page is intended to introduce newcomers to the National Capital Region's joint military environment, and to familiarize them with JBMHH services and facilities.

Housing Information for US Military Students at Fort McNair

For family housing information within the Military District of Washington (MDW) area please contact the military installations below. There are also helpful resources on the Military OneSource Moving & PCS website and at HOMES.MIL, a DOD resources designed to connect service members and their families with community housing rental listings located near U.S. military bases.




 Fort Myer, VA

 (703) 696-7007 / 3558 / 3559   

 Fort Belvoir, VA

 (703) 619-3877 or 1 (888) 740-9851

 Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, DC

 (202) 987-6000 / 1 (888) 294-8334

 Joint Base Andrews, MD

 Community Housing: (866) 944-7504 or (301) 981-5518 or

 DSN (312) 858-5518; Privatized Housing: (301) 736-8082 


 NNMC Bethesda, MD

 (301) 295-6564 / 1138 / 0798 or DSN (312) 295-1138

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