The first path is the standard joint duty assignment (S-JDA); the other path is the Experience-Joint Duty Assignment (E-JDA), or the two can be combined.
The S-JDA path requires an officer (O-4 & above) to complete a three (3) year assignment in a full-time JDAL position or six (6) years in a part-time JDAL position*. These types of positions are currently located in COCOM HQs, JS, OSD, and Defense Agencies Headquarters. The officer must also complete Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I & II, or Advanced Joint Professional Military Education (AJPME). Once the time and education requisites are complete, the officer may be nominated by their service for the award of the JQO designation. OSD is the approving authority for JQO designations.
The E-JDA path to a JQO allows officers (O-1 & above) to accumulate joint experience points by completing shorter joint assignments, exercises or training. In the new JQS, a member may start gaining joint experience points upon completion of basic officer education. Once an officer (O-4 & above) has accrued 36 joint experience points and completed JPME Phase I & II or AJPME, they may be nominated by their service for the award of the JQO designation.
- Level I JQO is earned after completion of OBC for Army Officers and SOS for AF Officers.
- Level II JQO is achieved by completing OBC or SOS, JPME I, earning 18 experience points, nomination for Level II JQO and approval by OSD.
- Level III JQO is achieved by completion of OBC/SOS, JPME Phase I & II or AJPME, 36 experience points, nomination for Level III JQO and approval by OSD.
Until September 30, 2010 (AC) or September 30, 2013 (RC), officers may be designated as a LEVEL III JQO without previously being designated as LEVEL II joint qualified as long as the officer has completed JPME Phase I and II or AJPME. Joint experience points are determined by dividing the number of days served by 30.4 and applying the appropriate intensity factor. For example, if an officer served 90 days in a joint combat experience his points would be calculated as 90/30.4*3 which equals 8.8 points. Points are not rounded up.
Joint Experience Points = Days ÷ 30.4 x Intensity Factor Intensity Factor = Combat: 3, Non-Combat Contingency: 2, Steady-state: 1 *Minimum participation is 48 drill periods, 12 annual days, 30 additional days each year in any status.