Upcoming Courses

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  • 12/12/2022

    Assessments, Monitoring, and Evaluation (Pilot)

    23A (12-Dec-2022 to 16-Dec-2022)Enrollment Closed
    This 6 Module course is designed to enable the learner to evaluate the informational and human aspects of the target information environment to gain an understanding of current, emerging, and future conditions. The curriculum introduces students to the application of research methods including qualitative and quantitative analysis in order to assess, measure, and evaluate changes because of joint SOF operations. Students will gain an overview of research intent and design, data collection, and statistical and interpretive analysis. The focus of the course is not on mastery of statistics, rather the ability to apply research methods to evaluate SOF Operations in the Information Environment to provide insights to the staff and further inform a commander’s decision cycle.
  • 12/12/2022

    Special Operations Forces- Influence and Operations in the Information Environment (Pilot)

    23A (12-Dec-2022 to 16-Dec-2022)Enrollment Closed
    SOF-IOIE is the foundational course for the Strategic Influence and Information Advantage (SIIA) Integrated Program of Study (IPOS) nested within JSOU’s Learning Pathways in Action (LPIA) program. Designed primarily for personnel who are assigned to U.S. Special Operations Command, Service Components and Theater Special Operations Commands in operations and planning billets, this course provides the latest theory, strategy, and doctrine, for Theater-Strategic Influence methods and Operational Information Capability planning to gain Information Advantage (IA). The familiarization with theories and history of strategic influence coupled with terms and concepts of joint information advantage will provide the learner with the knowledge and ability to integrate into the process for creating the influence effects required to achieve mission success. The SOF-OIE pilot is available through a combination of virtual and in-person learning with JSOU. This pilot course requires no prerequisite learning. The virtual portion of the course is one-month long and the in-person resident sessions are 5-days. The course is comprised of ten modules that include strategic influence, fundamentals of information, joint force use of information, unity of effort, operational design and planning for theater-strategic effects, execution, operational assessment planning, operations in the information environment, SOF in the OIE, and a practicum.
  • 12/12/2022

    Special Operations Forces Interagency Collaboration Course - Virtual

    23A (12-Dec-2022 to 16-Dec-2022)Enrollment Closed
    The blended course teaches student to collaborate as part of a complex array of actors and environments involving IA national security efforts. Topics include synchronization of countering trans regional terrorist organizations (CTTO) and CVE efforts, key doctrine and policies, law enforcement and intelligence communities, organizational and cultural differences, and the developmental community.
  • 12/12/2022

    Special Operations Forces-Security Cooperation

    23A (12-Dec-2022 to 16-Dec-2022)Open
    This courses is presented in lecture format and is five days long. Topics addressed include security cooperation management, security cooperation organizations and responsibilities, the FMS process, finance, logistics, and training management.
  • 1/9/2023

    Understanding State Fragility and Institutional Resiliency (Pilot)

    23A (09-Jan-2023 to 13-Jan-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course provides information about these three themes: (a) the characteristics of the international system and the modern nation-state, (b) state fragility and institutional resiliency (c) state-sponsored resilience and resistance strategies. Students will receive an appreciation for the policies and practices utilized by governments and SOF. Instruction is structured within five (5) lessons across 24-hours of instruction. The first lesson will discuss the histories of Ukraine and Georgia as partially occupied states. The second lesson will explore the foundations of democracy and the 3rd wave of democratization. Lesson three in enlighten the students on Westphalia and the modern nation-state. In lesson four the students will discuss the models of state fragility. Concluding the instruction will be lesson five where the focus will be understanding institutional resilience. Students will complete readings, listen to podcasts, watch media, and participate in collaborative discussion boards in preparation for each class.
  • 1/9/2023

    Theater Special Operations Command Staff Preparation Course-Mobile

    23D (09-Jan-2023 to 13-Jan-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course educates new Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC) personnel on how a TSOC plans for and employs U.S. special operations capabilities in an era of Strategic Competition. Participants explore Special Operations Forces (SOF) core activities and how SOF uses their employment/funding authorities to achieve TSOC and Geographic Combatant Command’s operational and strategic theater goals while tying them to their priorities in support of national and defense security strategy in a Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational (JIIM) environment. The Theater Special Operations Command Staff Preparation Course-Mobile (TSPC-M) is a five-day in-residence educational event taught at the sponsoring TSOC Headquarters.
  • 1/16/2023

    Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Foundations Course

    23B (16-Jan-2023 to 27-Jan-2023)Open
    This course is designed for USSOCOM, TSOC, and component staff members who are new to the countering weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) problem set. The CWMD-F course provides an overview of USSOCOM’s roles in CWMD and recent Unified Command Plan (UCP) change; an understanding of weapons of mass destruction proliferation, nonproliferation, and counter proliferation; a review of DoD CWMD strategy and programs, and a discussion on CWMD and the interagency. These fundamentals enable students to align policies across the CWMD spectrum to USSOCOM capabilities in managing its Coordinating Authority position and what USSOCOM is currently doing to address CWMD operations.
  • 1/16/2023

    Special Operations Planning Course

    23B (16-Jan-2023 to 27-Jan-2023)Open
    The Special Operations Planning Course (SOPC) instructs students on the pathways to conduct operational-level, Special Operations Forces (SOF)-centric, Operational Design for development of a special operations crisis operation. Students follow Operational Design with instruction and application of detailed planning for a SOF-led operation through the Joint Planning Process. Each day students will be challenged to exercise critical thinking and problem-solving skills during multiple different virtual learning activities outlined on the agenda. These activities include: readings, analysis of prepared Power Point and DOCNET materials, completing online assignments, and synthesizing information found in online resources such as audio and video files. Collaborative interaction occurs through seminar discussions with a small group mentor, briefings to peers and a culminating brief to a senior SOF mentor (former TSOC, JSOTF/SOJTF Commander). Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between joint doctrine, SOF military strategy, and operational-level planning in order to better prepare them to serve in a Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC) or other special operations component or command. Using case study scenarios and collaborative exercises, students apply all phases of the military planning process, SOF focused, as they create a variety of analytical products. SOPC is a Joint-certified course, and students completing the course earn 1.5 credits towards full Joint Officer Qualification (JQO).
  • 1/23/2023

    Introduction to Special Operations Acquisition Course

    23B (23-Jan-2023 to 27-Jan-2023)Enrollment Closed
    ***NOTE: Students should be nominated by SOF AT&L before registering for this course. This course has two components, Distance and Residence Learning. Students complete pre residence distance learning requirements over a period of four weeks then complete 36 hours resident course over a five-days. This course focuses on the Special Operations (SO)-unique Program Agile Acquisition Cycle with emphasis on: special operations (SO) acquisition principles; SO acquisition process, methods, events, and products; and developing an acquisition strategy. Students receive foundational knowledge about USSOCOM Directive & Policy 70-1 and culminate their learning experience by presenting an Acquisition Strategy Brief to a Milestone Decision Authority.
  • 1/23/2023

    National Resistance Course

    23B (23-Jan-2023 to 27-Jan-2023)Open
    This course prepares CJSOTF, TSOC or GCC – level staff members to conceptualize, plan, and coordinate support-to-resistance operations, focusing on unconventional warfare for planning, management, and oversight of SOF activities at the operational and strategic levels.
  • 1/23/2023

    Special Operations Forces-Security Cooperation

    23B (23-Jan-2023 to 27-Jan-2023)Open
    This courses is presented in lecture format and is five days long. Topics addressed include security cooperation management, security cooperation organizations and responsibilities, the FMS process, finance, logistics, and training management.
  • 1/30/2023

    TSOC Cyber Planner Course (Pilot)

    23A (30-Jan-2023 to 03-Feb-2023)Open
    This course prepares staff officers for planning, management, and oversight of cyber-related activities at the Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC) level. The course examines the organizations, processes, and procedures involved in planning and conducting operations in the cyber domain in-support-of deployed forces and the TSOC staff. During the course, students will conduct two planning evolutions simulating the actions required to employ cyber effects.
  • 1/30/2023

    SOF Chaplaincy Ethical Leadership Advisement

    23A (30-Jan-2023 to 03-Feb-2023)Open
    This course has a Distance Learning component and a Residence Learning component. The Distance Learning component, four weeks in duration, is conducted asynchronously with 4 modules that introduces students to the course content. The Resident Learning component of 40 hours, one week in duration at JSOU, allows students to take a deep dive into the course content in an interactive graduate seminar format. Students will complete a research paper on a topic coordinated with the instructor. This advanced course will challenge students to contextualize their respective joint SOF RST (Religious Support Team) and SOF Warrior identity in order to create a spiritual ethical & moral leadership model, learn to perform ethical risk assessment, develop leadership-coaching practices, and write a SOF-specific research paper that supports the spiritual domain of their commander's POTFF program while providing ethical leadership advisement. *Note: Students MUST provide BOTH a personal email address AND either a .gov or .mil email address in order to be registered for the course.
  • 1/30/2023

    Special Operations Forces- Influence and Operations in the Information Environment (Pilot)

    23B (30-Jan-2023 to 03-Feb-2023)Enrollment Closed
    SOF-IOIE is the foundational course for the Strategic Influence and Information Advantage (SIIA) Integrated Program of Study (IPOS) nested within JSOU’s Learning Pathways in Action (LPIA) program. Designed primarily for personnel who are assigned to U.S. Special Operations Command, Service Components and Theater Special Operations Commands in operations and planning billets, this course provides the latest theory, strategy, and doctrine, for Theater-Strategic Influence methods and Operational Information Capability planning to gain Information Advantage (IA). The familiarization with theories and history of strategic influence coupled with terms and concepts of joint information advantage will provide the learner with the knowledge and ability to integrate into the process for creating the influence effects required to achieve mission success. The SOF-OIE pilot is available through a combination of virtual and in-person learning with JSOU. This pilot course requires no prerequisite learning. The virtual portion of the course is one-month long and the in-person resident sessions are 5-days. The course is comprised of ten modules that include strategic influence, fundamentals of information, joint force use of information, unity of effort, operational design and planning for theater-strategic effects, execution, operational assessment planning, operations in the information environment, SOF in the OIE, and a practicum.
  • 1/30/2023

    Theater Special Operations Command Staff Preparation Course-Mobile

    23C (30-Jan-2023 to 03-Feb-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course educates new Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC) personnel on how a TSOC plans for and employs U.S. special operations capabilities in an era of Strategic Competition. Participants explore Special Operations Forces (SOF) core activities and how SOF uses their employment/funding authorities to achieve TSOC and Geographic Combatant Command’s operational and strategic theater goals while tying them to their priorities in support of national and defense security strategy in a Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational (JIIM) environment. The Theater Special Operations Command Staff Preparation Course-Mobile (TSPC-M) is a five-day in-residence educational event taught at the sponsoring TSOC Headquarters.
  • 1/30/2023

    Topics in Intelligence (Pilot)

    23A (30-Jan-2023 to 10-Feb-2023)Canceled
    Topics in Intelligence (TII) is an Advanced course consisting of five modules: 1) Intelligence in Irregular Warfare (IW); 2) Understanding Allied & Partner Intelligence; 3) Understanding Adversary Intelligence; 4) Ethics and Intelligence; and 5) The Future of Intelligence. The focus of the course is for students to gain a greater appreciation of how intelligence influences/affects the strategic environment and to forecast/anticipate how current and future strategic environments will affect intelligence. The course will conclude with a practicum/group project where students will forecast a future security environment and recommend how intelligence should adapt based on their analysis.
  • 2/6/2023

    Combined/Joint Force Special Operations Component Commanders Course

    23A (06-Feb-2023 to 10-Feb-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course develops senior leaders’ understanding of the complexities of major joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational (JIIM) operations conducted by joint SOF to accomplish strategic objectives. Students will participate with senior executive service personnel from myriad of government agencies for theater-wide and operational-level combat leadership. This course is synchronous and conducted in-residence or by a combination of in-residence attendance and Secure Video Teleconference.
  • 2/6/2023

    SOF Design and Innovation Basic Course

    23B (06-Feb-2023 to 10-Feb-2023)Open
    Course is held in person over an one week (5 day) period, and held throughout USSOCOM, allied, and partner locations. Course provides foundational military design education for students interested in organizational change, innovation, creativity and disruptive thinking for SOF applications in complex emergent contexts. Students learn how to operate in design teams, use a wide range of multi-disciplinary design concepts in a flexible, adaptive methodology for fostering reflective practitioners and change agents across the SOCOM enterprise. Total time commitment: approx. 8.0 hours per day x 5 days for a total of 40 hours. Students are expected to complete 3 to 4 hours of pre course work prior to first day of class
  • 2/6/2023

    USSOCOM Staff Education Program - Foundations

    23B (06-Feb-2023 to 10-Feb-2023)Open
    This virtual course has two components. Students will complete a five-day asynchronous Blackboard session where they will read and study educational material on staff action officer responsibilities. Students will be required to write an Information Paper using all of the material provided and submit said paper for grading prior to the end of this asynchronous session. There will then be a four-day synchronous session that will be conducted via either ZoomGov or Wickr. The students will receive instruction from the CoS, CSEL, J-directorates, and on staff action officer responsibilities. The students will be required to write a position paper during this session and submit it for grading. These papers will be reviewed with the students and submitted to their leadership upon completion. There will be a short multiple choice exam at the conclusion of this session.
  • 2/6/2023

    Special Operations Forces Interagency Collaboration Course - Virtual

    23B (06-Feb-2023 to 10-Feb-2023)Open
    The blended course teaches student to collaborate as part of a complex array of actors and environments involving IA national security efforts. Topics include synchronization of countering trans regional terrorist organizations (CTTO) and CVE efforts, key doctrine and policies, law enforcement and intelligence communities, organizational and cultural differences, and the developmental community.
  • 2/6/2023

    Irregular Warfare Course

    23B (06-Feb-2023 to 10-Feb-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course provides students with tools and concepts to analyze IW theories and practices. Through case studies, multimedia, and selected readings, students will be better equipped to collaborate with partners as well as outthink and out innovate adversaries in a complex operating environment. This course has a four week distance learning requirement as well as the one week resident portion. Students should expect about 20 hours of readings and discussion posts required during the distance learning portion.
  • 1/9/2023

    SOF Creative Problem Solving – Fundamentals Online

    23B (09-Jan-2023 to 17-Feb-2023)Open
    This fully-online, semi-synchronous, faculty-guided course is designed to provide students with an orientation to the fundamentals of creativity and innovation, as well as an introduction to a 4-stage, deliberate creative problem-solving methodology for application in SOF-peculiar contexts. Students are provided a weekly module consisting of approx. 4-5 hrs of self-paced educational content (assigned articles, chapters, case-studies, videos, podcasts) and are expected to complete weekly check-on-learning assessments including, but not limited to: a) quizzes; b) writing assignments / discussion board posts; c) creative product development challenges; and d) .ppt / concept briefings. Important: this class format is designed for students who are working their day job but who also have an ability to participate in a weekly Zoom Gov meeting with faculty to review material and receive feedback on their work. Total time commitment: approx. 5 hrs per week
  • 1/9/2023

    JSOUs Design Fundamentals Online

    23B (09-Jan-2023 to 17-Feb-2023)Open
    This 6-module semi-synchronous and live-facilitated online course examines, explores, and curates to gain new knowledge and applications in Design lexicon, methods, models, and tools. During the 6-weeks, students are provided a weekly module consisting of 3-3.5- hrs. of self-paced and group learning and must attend a 1 – 1.5-hour live faculty facilitated discussion. (Total 4-5 hrs. per week)
  • 2/20/2023

    Theater Special Operations Command Staff Preparation Course-Mobile

    23E (20-Feb-2023 to 24-Feb-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course educates new Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC) personnel on how a TSOC plans for and employs U.S. special operations capabilities in an era of Strategic Competition. Participants explore Special Operations Forces (SOF) core activities and how SOF uses their employment/funding authorities to achieve TSOC and Geographic Combatant Command’s operational and strategic theater goals while tying them to their priorities in support of national and defense security strategy in a Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational (JIIM) environment. The Theater Special Operations Command Staff Preparation Course-Mobile (TSPC-M) is a five-day in-residence educational event taught at the sponsoring TSOC Headquarters.
  • 2/27/2023

    SOF Resource Management Course

    23A (27-Feb-2023 to 03-Mar-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This virtual course is composed of a five-day synchronous session (32 hours) that will be conducted via ZoomGov. The course provides a comprehension level overview of the fiscal laws, rules, and processes for Service-common base operating support, home station, and deployment area administrative and logistical support using Major Force Program 11 funds (MFP-11).
  • 1/9/2023

    Joint Fundamentals Course

    Class #43 (09-Jan-2023 to 08-Mar-2023)Open
    *Note: Students MUST provide BOTH a personal email address AND either their .gov or .mil email address in order to be registered for the course. This course educates enlisted students for entry-level leadership careers in SOF. Students, from a tactical and operational perspective, will develop skills in communications, creative thinking, and ethical decision-making. Students will also analyze the history, unique function, and organization of the USSOCOM from the headquarters down to the subcomponent commands.
  • 1/9/2023

    Enterprise Management Course

    Class #41 (09-Jan-2023 to 08-Mar-2023)Open
    *Note: Students MUST provide BOTH a personal email address AND either their .gov or .mil email address in order to be registered for the course. The course educates and prepares enlisted special operators for mid-level leadership roles in SOF. Using a transformative approach, students will enhance their skills in critical thinking, organizational leadership, and management. Students will analyze the implications of U.S. national strategy on the execution of USSOCOM operations and strategy.
  • 1/9/2023

    Joint Fundamentals Course

    Class #43 (09-Jan-2023 to 08-Mar-2023)Enrollment Closed
    *Note: Students MUST provide BOTH a personal email address AND either their .gov or .mil email address in order to be registered for the course. This course educates enlisted students for entry-level leadership careers in SOF. Students, from a tactical and operational perspective, will develop skills in communications, creative thinking, and ethical decision-making. Students will also analyze the history, unique function, and organization of the USSOCOM from the headquarters down to the subcomponent commands.
  • 3/6/2023

    National Resistance Course

    23C (06-Mar-2023 to 09-Mar-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course prepares CJSOTF, TSOC or GCC – level staff members to conceptualize, plan, and coordinate support-to-resistance operations, focusing on unconventional warfare for planning, management, and oversight of SOF activities at the operational and strategic levels.
  • 3/6/2023

    Joint Special Operations Forces Pre-Command Course

    23A (06-Mar-2023 to 10-Mar-2023)Open
    The course prepares newly designated SOF leaders for command by providing a common understanding of the USSOCOM Commander’s priorities, command philosophy, and the responsibilities of joint SOF leaders. It also provides a venue for discussion of the current challenges and issues facing USSOCOM, TSOCs, and USSOCOM components.
  • 3/6/2023

    Historical Survey of SOF Support to Resistance and Resilience Across the 4 Ages of SOF (Pilot)

    23A (06-Mar-2023 to 10-Mar-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course provides information as a historical survey of SOF support to resistance and resilience across the four ages of SOF. Students will receive an understanding of irregular warfare and the origination of Special Operations. The first lesson will be an introduction to irregular warfare. The second lesson will explore the conception and emergence of Special Operations. Lesson three in enlighten the students on the promotion and expansion of Special Operations. In lesson four the students will discuss the regeneration and validation of Special Operations. Concluding the instruction will be lesson five where the focus will be rebalancing the renewal of Special Operations. Students will complete readings, listen to podcasts, watch media, and participate in collaborative discussion boards in preparation for each class.
  • 3/6/2023

    SOF Creative Problem Solving- Tools and Techniques

    23A (06-Mar-2023 to 10-Mar-2023)Enrollment Closed
    SOF professionals are persistently immersed in a stream of volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) compound security dilemmas which require the dynamic application of a flexible, creative thinking tool-set, skill-set and mind-set. Accordingly, this 5-day residential course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply the science of creative thinking via a 4-stage creative process methodology against a SOF-relevant problem set to gain experience translating theory into actionable outcomes. Furthermore, students will develop skills to facilitate team-based approaches to creative problem solving in the face of dynamic situations and SOF-peculiar scenarios that require the application of innovative thinking in order to create value in the form of novel strategies / concepts / effects, and/or to drive organizational adaptation and evolution. Total time commitment: 5-day residential course with pre-work (distance learning)
  • 3/13/2023

    SOF Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction Staff Course

    23A (13-Mar-2023 to 17-Mar-2023)Enrollment Closed
    SOF CWMD Staff Course illustrates the complexity of SOCOM’s CWMD Coordination Mission and summarizes the roles of members assigned to subordinate elements and TSOC’s, enabling graduates to contribute as CWMD OPT members. The Course consists of 2 phases: A. Phase 1: Distance Learning - students will review CWMD Foundational topics and gain understanding of CWMD authorities and permissions across whole of government. B. Phase 2: In-residence - students will learn to apply system tools for CWMD planning and work through four practical exercises, developing courses of action to influence the adversary's pathways.
  • 3/13/2023

    Assessments, Monitoring, and Evaluation (Pilot)

    23B (13-Mar-2023 to 17-Mar-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This 6 Module course is designed to enable the learner to evaluate the informational and human aspects of the target information environment to gain an understanding of current, emerging, and future conditions. The curriculum introduces students to the application of research methods including qualitative and quantitative analysis in order to assess, measure, and evaluate changes because of joint SOF operations. Students will gain an overview of research intent and design, data collection, and statistical and interpretive analysis. The focus of the course is not on mastery of statistics, rather the ability to apply research methods to evaluate SOF Operations in the Information Environment to provide insights to the staff and further inform a commander’s decision cycle.
  • 3/13/2023

    Cyberspace and Special Operations Forces

    23A (13-Mar-2023 to 24-Mar-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This graduate-level seminar course analyzes cyber policies and capabilities within the special operations forces (SOF) enterprise. Students examine the mechanics of cyber operations, question the applicability of cyber terms, and investigate SOF's role in the U.S. government's approach to cyber operations. Ultimately, students will question what SOF must do to expand its ability to operate in the cyberspace domain.
  • 3/20/2023

    Joint Special Operations Medical Orientation Course

    23A (20-Mar-2023 to 24-Mar-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course is composed of a five-day synchronous session (30 hours) conducted in residence at JSOU. This interactive course explains the SOF medical operations concepts and fundamentals of the USSOCOM mission, roles, and capabilities, with a focus on medical operations in a joint setting. The students will also examine operations/plans, current lessons learned, medical intelligence, medical force protection, operational risk assessment, health surveillance, and SOF-relevant clinical subjects.
  • 3/20/2023

    Theater Special Operations Command Staff Preparation Course-Mobile

    23F (20-Mar-2023 to 24-Mar-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course educates new Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC) personnel on how a TSOC plans for and employs U.S. special operations capabilities in an era of Strategic Competition. Participants explore Special Operations Forces (SOF) core activities and how SOF uses their employment/funding authorities to achieve TSOC and Geographic Combatant Command’s operational and strategic theater goals while tying them to their priorities in support of national and defense security strategy in a Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational (JIIM) environment. The Theater Special Operations Command Staff Preparation Course-Mobile (TSPC-M) is a five-day in-residence educational event taught at the sponsoring TSOC Headquarters.
  • 1/2/2023

    Leadership Foundations for Joint SOF Professionals (Pilot)

    23B (02-Jan-2023 to 31-Mar-2023)Open
    Created by SOF, for SOF! This course is the first course in the Joint SOF Leadership & SOF Professional Ethic Integrated Program of Study with Cornell University. It offers foundational SOF professional development and a SOF-specific leadership education. It transforms a SOF professional’s mindset from that of an individual, small-unit leader to an organizational, large-unit leader focused on executive actions that lead to positive strategic effects.  There are five online modules designed to transform individual military leadership experiences into highly effective organizational and strategic leadership skills essential for members of the joint SOF profession. For student planning purposes, Modules 1-4 are designed to be completed in 2 weeks (5.5 - 6.5 contact hours/week). Module 5 is designed to be completed in 1 week (16 contact hours). Module 1 must be completed first. Modules 2-4 may be taken in any order; recommend taking them sequentially if possible. Module 5 is the course assessment module and must be completed last. The course will be open and available for the quarter for the convenience of the students.
  • 3/27/2023

    SOF Chaplain Spiritual and Moral Resiliency

    23A (27-Mar-2023 to 31-Mar-2023)Open
    This course has a Distance Learning component and a Residence Learning component. The Distance Learning component, four weeks in duration, is conducted asynchronously with 4 modules that introduces students to the course content. The Resident Learning component of 40 hours, one week in duration at JSOU, allows students to take a deep dive into the course content in an interactive graduate seminar format. Students will complete a research paper on a topic coordinated with the instructor. This advanced course will challenge students to explore the place of spirituality in a holistic continuum of care and its fundamental role in contributing to the resiliency by challenging students to contextualize their theological world view within a pluralistic environment to evaluate the elements of spiritual readiness to create a holistic model of well-being with a particular focus to mitigate suicidality, PTSD, moral injury and other SOF peculiar stress related conditions encountered by U.S. Special Operations Command service members, and their families while creating a holistic, spiritual model of well-being for the SOF warrior. *Note: Students MUST provide BOTH a personal email address AND either a .gov or .mil email address in order to be registered for the course.
  • 3/27/2023

    Joint SOF Logistics Course

    23B (27-Mar-2023 to 31-Mar-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This virtual course is conducted synchronously over a five-day period via ZoomGov and will focus on enhancing and reinforcing baseline Joint logistics knowledge and skills through instruction on Special Operations Forces (SOF) unique and Service Component Operational-Level/Theater-specific logistics capabilities and resources to enable and support global SOF operations.
  • 3/27/2023

    National Resistance Course

    23D (27-Mar-2023 to 31-Mar-2023)Canceled
    This course prepares CJSOTF, TSOC or GCC – level staff members to conceptualize, plan, and coordinate support-to-resistance operations, focusing on unconventional warfare for planning, management, and oversight of SOF activities at the operational and strategic levels.
  • 4/10/2023

    Historical and Modern Approaches to Grey Zone Warfare (Pilot)

    23A (10-Apr-2023 to 14-Apr-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course provides information about grey zone activities of five belligerents, as spelled out in the 2022 National Defense Strategy, include: (a) China, (b) Russia, (c) Iran, (d) North Korea, and (3) violent extremist organizations. Students will receive a higher appreciation for the historical factors, cultural and religious beliefs, and ambitions of these actors. Broken up into five one-day increments, this module consists of Russia’s actions in the grey zone (particularly in Ukraine); Chinese aggression in the South China Sea and its periphery; Iranian activities to sponsor proxies worldwide; North Korea’s illicit activities and intimidation; and the persistent and expanding threat of violent extremist organizations as they cause destabilization in nations vulnerable to internal security threats. This information will serve later, as students learn about integrated deterrence, allies, and partnerships in countering these five threats. Students will complete readings, listen to podcasts, watch media, and participate in collaborative discussion boards in preparation for each class.
  • 4/10/2023

    Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Foundations Course

    23C (10-Apr-2023 to 21-Apr-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course is designed for USSOCOM, TSOC, and component staff members who are new to the countering weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) problem set. The CWMD-F course provides an overview of USSOCOM’s roles in CWMD and recent Unified Command Plan (UCP) change; an understanding of weapons of mass destruction proliferation, nonproliferation, and counter proliferation; a review of DoD CWMD strategy and programs, and a discussion on CWMD and the interagency. These fundamentals enable students to align policies across the CWMD spectrum to USSOCOM capabilities in managing its Coordinating Authority position and what USSOCOM is currently doing to address CWMD operations.
  • 4/17/2023

    Theater Special Operations Command Staff Preparation Course-Mobile

    23F (17-Apr-2023 to 21-Apr-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course educates new Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC) personnel on how a TSOC plans for and employs U.S. special operations capabilities in an era of Strategic Competition. Participants explore Special Operations Forces (SOF) core activities and how SOF uses their employment/funding authorities to achieve TSOC and Geographic Combatant Command’s operational and strategic theater goals while tying them to their priorities in support of national and defense security strategy in a Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational (JIIM) environment. The Theater Special Operations Command Staff Preparation Course-Mobile (TSPC-M) is a five-day in-residence educational event taught at the sponsoring TSOC Headquarters.
  • 4/17/2023

    Special Operations Forces-Security Cooperation

    23C (17-Apr-2023 to 21-Apr-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This courses is presented in lecture format and is five days long. Topics addressed include security cooperation management, security cooperation organizations and responsibilities, the FMS process, finance, logistics, and training management.
  • 4/17/2023

    Special Operations Intelligence Course

    23A (17-Apr-2023 to 28-Apr-2023)Enrollment Closed
    *Note: Students will be enrolled between 45 days and NLT 30 days prior to the course start date. Those not selected will be rejected or placed on a standby list for the first available seat. The Course Manager will provide a welcome email to students prior to the course start date. This course is designed to prepare Intelligence personnel for duty on Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC), Combined/Joint Special Operations Task Forces (CJSOTF), and/or Special Operations Joint Task Force (SOJTF) Intelligence staffs. It examines SOCOM missions, Intelligence Community (IC) support to SOF, SOCOM J2 staff, SOF intelligence systems capabilities, intelligence support to Irregular Warfare (IW), evolution of intelligence and International Relations concepts.
  • 4/24/2023

    National Resistance Course

    23E (24-Apr-2023 to 28-Apr-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course prepares CJSOTF, TSOC or GCC – level staff members to conceptualize, plan, and coordinate support-to-resistance operations, focusing on unconventional warfare for planning, management, and oversight of SOF activities at the operational and strategic levels.
  • 5/1/2023

    Joint Special Operations Forces Pre-Command Course

    23B (01-May-2023 to 05-May-2023)Enrollment Closed
    The course prepares newly designated SOF leaders for command by providing a common understanding of the USSOCOM Commander’s priorities, command philosophy, and the responsibilities of joint SOF leaders. It also provides a venue for discussion of the current challenges and issues facing USSOCOM, TSOCs, and USSOCOM components.
  • 5/1/2023

    SOF Support to Integrated Deterrence (Pilot)

    23A (01-May-2023 to 05-May-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course exposes students to varying theories and concepts regarding deterrence strategies. This is a 16-hour module consisting of three (3) lessons. First, the coursework introduces the general and classical idea of deterrence. Classical deterrence theory argues that the threat of repercussion can negate aggression from other state opponents. The module then discusses modern deterrence in the post-World War II era. Modern deterrence theory argues that nuclear weapons and the likelihood of mutually assured destruction decreases the likelihood of total war. Finally, the emerging concept of integrated deterrence is examined, as well as SOF’s role in that national strategy. Integrated deterrence is a framework for working across warfighting domains, theaters and the spectrum of conflict, in collaboration with all instruments of national power, as well as with U.S. allies and our partners.
  • 5/1/2023

    Special Operations Religious Support Team Orientation

    23B (01-May-2023 to 05-May-2023)Enrollment Closed
    The course provides an overview of SOF religious support (RS) programs and issues in each SOF components and commands, as well as SOF-specific supportive care and counseling skills education. The curriculum also covers best practices, unique funding issues and role on the interdisciplinary team, and the Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF) team. The course is executed through a Resident Learning component of 40 hours, one week in duration at JSOU, allows students to take the course content in an interactive in-Person format.
  • 2/20/2023

    Summit

    Class #20 (20-Feb-2023 to 12-May-2023)Enrollment Closed
    The course educates students for nominative-level leadership roles in SOF. Students will learn mission-oriented leadership and strategic thinking skills to prepare them to effectively advise, lead, and mentor at the strategic leader level. Students will also analyze and evaluate the impact strategic thinking, U.S. national policy, and global security has on USSOCOM.
  • 2/20/2023

    Summit

    Class #20 (20-Feb-2023 to 12-May-2023)Enrollment Closed
    The course educates students for nominative-level leadership roles in SOF. Students will learn mission-oriented leadership and strategic thinking skills to prepare them to effectively advise, lead, and mentor at the strategic leader level. Students will also analyze and evaluate the impact strategic thinking, U.S. national policy, and global security has on USSOCOM.
  • 4/3/2023

    SOF Creative Problem Solving – Fundamentals Online

    23C (03-Apr-2023 to 12-May-2023)Open
    This fully-online, semi-synchronous, faculty-guided course is designed to provide students with an orientation to the fundamentals of creativity and innovation, as well as an introduction to a 4-stage, deliberate creative problem-solving methodology for application in SOF-peculiar contexts. Students are provided a weekly module consisting of approx. 4-5 hrs of self-paced educational content (assigned articles, chapters, case-studies, videos, podcasts) and are expected to complete weekly check-on-learning assessments including, but not limited to: a) quizzes; b) writing assignments / discussion board posts; c) creative product development challenges; and d) .ppt / concept briefings. Important: this class format is designed for students who are working their day job but who also have an ability to participate in a weekly Zoom Gov meeting with faculty to review material and receive feedback on their work. Total time commitment: approx. 5 hrs per week
  • 4/3/2023

    JSOUs Design Fundamentals Online

    23C (03-Apr-2023 to 12-May-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This 6-module semi-synchronous and live-facilitated online course examines, explores, and curates to gain new knowledge and applications in Design lexicon, methods, models, and tools. During the 6-weeks, students are provided a weekly module consisting of 3-3.5- hrs. of self-paced and group learning and must attend a 1 – 1.5-hour live faculty facilitated discussion. (Total 4-5 hrs. per week)
  • 3/20/2023

    Joint Fundamentals Course

    Class #44 (20-Mar-2023 to 17-May-2023)Enrollment Closed
    *Note: Students MUST provide BOTH a personal email address AND either their .gov or .mil email address in order to be registered for the course. This course educates enlisted students for entry-level leadership careers in SOF. Students, from a tactical and operational perspective, will develop skills in communications, creative thinking, and ethical decision-making. Students will also analyze the history, unique function, and organization of the USSOCOM from the headquarters down to the subcomponent commands.
  • 3/20/2023

    Enterprise Management Course

    Class #42 (20-Mar-2023 to 17-May-2023)Enrollment Closed
    *Note: Students MUST provide BOTH a personal email address AND either their .gov or .mil email address in order to be registered for the course. The course educates and prepares enlisted special operators for mid-level leadership roles in SOF. Using a transformative approach, students will enhance their skills in critical thinking, organizational leadership, and management. Students will analyze the implications of U.S. national strategy on the execution of USSOCOM operations and strategy.
  • 3/20/2023

    Joint Fundamentals Course

    Class #44 (20-Mar-2023 to 17-May-2023)Enrollment Closed
    *Note: Students MUST provide BOTH a personal email address AND either their .gov or .mil email address in order to be registered for the course. This course educates enlisted students for entry-level leadership careers in SOF. Students, from a tactical and operational perspective, will develop skills in communications, creative thinking, and ethical decision-making. Students will also analyze the history, unique function, and organization of the USSOCOM from the headquarters down to the subcomponent commands.
  • 5/8/2023

    Intelligence and Technology (Pilot)

    23A (08-May-2023 to 19-May-2023)Enrollment Closed
    The Intelligence and Technology Course is designed to familiarize intelligence and SOF personnel with macro levels trends in technology, their potential impacts to the field of intelligence, and the challenges and opportunities for U.S. intelligence and special operations communities in adapting to those changes. It also examines the concept of a revolution in military affairs and posits whether the current changes amount to a revolution in intelligence affairs. Key factors in institutional adaptability are addressed and case studies of failures and successes will be considered.
  • 5/22/2023

    Special Operations Forces - Information Advantage and Intelligence Integration (Pilot)

    23B (22-May-2023 to 26-May-2023)Enrollment Closed
    SOF-IAII Pilot is the advanced-applied course for the JSOU Strategic Influence and Information Advantage (SIIA) Integrated Program of Study (IPOS) nested within the JSOU Learning Pathways in Action (LPIA) program. Designed primarily for personnel who are assigned to Special Operations Command Components and Theater Commands in operations and planning billets. It applies the application of theory, strategy and doctrine, of national Strategic Influence methods and Operational Information Capability planning gained in the basic course to gain information advantage and intelligence integration intelligence (IAII). Combining the theories and history of strategic influence, terms and applying the concepts of joint information advantage procedures will provide the learner with the skills required to integrate information and intelligence to create the influence effects to achieve mission success. The SOF-IAII pilot is available through a combination of virtual and in-person learning with JSOU. This pilot course requires the prerequisite basic course of the SOF-IOIE. The virtual portion of the course is two-week and the in-person course is 4 days long. There are four modules within the resident course that include; Information Advantage Intelligence Integration, Human Aspects of the Information Environment, IAII Disciplines, and a practicum. There are daily practical exercises and activities that facilitate the production of deliverable products required during the practicum that are due on Thursday during class. The student must obtain a passing assessment to complete the course. Completion of this advanced course is required to continue on to the elective courses in the SIIA IPOS.
  • 6/5/2023

    Introduction to Special Operations Acquisition Course

    23C (05-Jun-2023 to 09-Jun-2023)Enrollment Closed
    ***NOTE: Students should be nominated by SOF AT&L before registering for this course. This course has two components, Distance and Residence Learning. Students complete pre residence distance learning requirements over a period of four weeks then complete 36 hours resident course over a five-days. This course focuses on the Special Operations (SO)-unique Program Agile Acquisition Cycle with emphasis on: special operations (SO) acquisition principles; SO acquisition process, methods, events, and products; and developing an acquisition strategy. Students receive foundational knowledge about USSOCOM Directive & Policy 70-1 and culminate their learning experience by presenting an Acquisition Strategy Brief to a Milestone Decision Authority.
  • 6/5/2023

    Special Operations Chaplaincy Crisis Care and Counseling

    23B (05-Jun-2023 to 09-Jun-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course has a Distance Learning component and a Residence Learning component. The Distance Learning component, four weeks in duration, is conducted asynchronously with 4 modules that introduces students to the course content. The Resident Learning component of 40 hours, one week in duration at JSOU, allows students to take a deep dive into the course content in an interactive graduate seminar format. This advanced course is aimed at the advanced development and implementation joint SOF-specific the psycho/social, theological, and existential issues of crisis and care. Students will complete a research paper on a topic coordinated with the instructor. This course challenges students to develop a framework that will enhance their ability to respond to a variety of SOF peculiar situations and issues encountered by U.S. Special Operations Command service members and their families with special emphasis on prevention, intervention, treatment, & post-intervention. The course expands on the theology of suffering, the crisis trauma continuum, and integrated religious crisis treatments for special operations warriors’ issues. *Note: Students MUST provide BOTH a personal email address AND either a .gov or .mil email address in order to be registered for the course.
  • 6/5/2023

    Interagency and Allied Responses to Grey Zone Challenges in the context of strategic competition (Historical and Contemporary) (Pilot)

    23A (05-Jun-2023 to 09-Jun-2023)Enrollment Closed
    Students in this course will consider the approach taken by interagency and allied partners in addressing similar security risks. Understanding and analysis of interagency and potential partners provides students the ability to consider opportunities for future collaboration, or even leveraging existing capabilities and influence. This 24-hour module consists of three (3) lessons. Lesson one discusses current U.S. doctrine and academic concepts adopted or in consideration by the United States to address belligerents. This includes the introduction of conflict paradigms concerning irregular warfare, competition, and deterrence. Lesson two provides students an opportunity to understand, analyze, and evaluate the approaches taken by interagency partners in addressing sources of instability and competition. Lesson three introduces how allies and partners address security threats and their historical and emergent relationships with the United States and special operations. Students will complete readings, listen to podcasts, watch media, and participate in collaborative discussion boards in preparation for each class.
  • 6/5/2023

    SOF Design and Innovation Basic Course

    23C (05-Jun-2023 to 09-Jun-2023)Enrollment Closed
    Course is held in person over an one week (5 day) period, and held throughout USSOCOM, allied, and partner locations. Course provides foundational military design education for students interested in organizational change, innovation, creativity and disruptive thinking for SOF applications in complex emergent contexts. Students learn how to operate in design teams, use a wide range of multi-disciplinary design concepts in a flexible, adaptive methodology for fostering reflective practitioners and change agents across the SOCOM enterprise. Total time commitment: approx. 8.0 hours per day x 5 days for a total of 40 hours. Students are expected to complete 3 to 4 hours of pre course work prior to first day of class
  • 6/12/2023

    Joint SOF Logistics Course

    23C (12-Jun-2023 to 16-Jun-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This virtual course is conducted synchronously over a five-day period via ZoomGov and will focus on enhancing and reinforcing baseline Joint logistics knowledge and skills through instruction on Special Operations Forces (SOF) unique and Service Component Operational-Level/Theater-specific logistics capabilities and resources to enable and support global SOF operations.
  • 6/12/2023

    Special Operations Forces-Security Cooperation

    23D (12-Jun-2023 to 16-Jun-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This courses is presented in lecture format and is five days long. Topics addressed include security cooperation management, security cooperation organizations and responsibilities, the FMS process, finance, logistics, and training management.
  • 6/12/2023

    Cyberspace and Special Operations Forces

    23B (12-Jun-2023 to 23-Jun-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This graduate-level seminar course analyzes cyber policies and capabilities within the special operations forces (SOF) enterprise. Students examine the mechanics of cyber operations, question the applicability of cyber terms, and investigate SOF's role in the U.S. government's approach to cyber operations. Ultimately, students will question what SOF must do to expand its ability to operate in the cyberspace domain.
  • 6/12/2023

    Special Operations Planning Course

    23C (12-Jun-2023 to 23-Jun-2023)Enrollment Closed
    The Special Operations Planning Course (SOPC) instructs students on the pathways to conduct operational-level, Special Operations Forces (SOF)-centric, Operational Design for development of a special operations crisis operation. Students follow Operational Design with instruction and application of detailed planning for a SOF-led operation through the Joint Planning Process. Each day students will be challenged to exercise critical thinking and problem-solving skills during multiple different virtual learning activities outlined on the agenda. These activities include: readings, analysis of prepared Power Point and DOCNET materials, completing online assignments, and synthesizing information found in online resources such as audio and video files. Collaborative interaction occurs through seminar discussions with a small group mentor, briefings to peers and a culminating brief to a senior SOF mentor (former TSOC, JSOTF/SOJTF Commander). Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between joint doctrine, SOF military strategy, and operational-level planning in order to better prepare them to serve in a Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC) or other special operations component or command. Using case study scenarios and collaborative exercises, students apply all phases of the military planning process, SOF focused, as they create a variety of analytical products. SOPC is a Joint-certified course, and students completing the course earn 1.5 credits towards full Joint Officer Qualification (JQO).
  • 6/19/2023

    National Resistance Course

    23F (19-Jun-2023 to 23-Jun-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course prepares CJSOTF, TSOC or GCC – level staff members to conceptualize, plan, and coordinate support-to-resistance operations, focusing on unconventional warfare for planning, management, and oversight of SOF activities at the operational and strategic levels.
  • 4/3/2023

    Leadership Foundations for Joint SOF Professionals (Pilot)

    23C (03-Apr-2023 to 30-Jun-2023)Enrollment Closed
    Created by SOF, for SOF! This course is the first course in the Joint SOF Leadership & SOF Professional Ethic Integrated Program of Study with Cornell University. It offers foundational SOF professional development and a SOF-specific leadership education. It transforms a SOF professional’s mindset from that of an individual, small-unit leader to an organizational, large-unit leader focused on executive actions that lead to positive strategic effects.  There are five online modules designed to transform individual military leadership experiences into highly effective organizational and strategic leadership skills essential for members of the joint SOF profession. For student planning purposes, Modules 1-4 are designed to be completed in 2 weeks (5.5 - 6.5 contact hours/week). Module 5 is designed to be completed in 1 week (16 contact hours). Module 1 must be completed first. Modules 2-4 may be taken in any order; recommend taking them sequentially if possible. Module 5 is the course assessment module and must be completed last. The course will be open and available for the quarter for the convenience of the students.
  • 7/10/2023

    SOF Creative Problem Solving- Tools and Techniques

    23B (10-Jul-2023 to 14-Jul-2023)Enrollment Closed
    SOF professionals are persistently immersed in a stream of volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) compound security dilemmas which require the dynamic application of a flexible, creative thinking tool-set, skill-set and mind-set. Accordingly, this 5-day residential course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply the science of creative thinking via a 4-stage creative process methodology against a SOF-relevant problem set to gain experience translating theory into actionable outcomes. Furthermore, students will develop skills to facilitate team-based approaches to creative problem solving in the face of dynamic situations and SOF-peculiar scenarios that require the application of innovative thinking in order to create value in the form of novel strategies / concepts / effects, and/or to drive organizational adaptation and evolution. Total time commitment: 5-day residential course with pre-work (distance learning)
  • 7/10/2023

    Special Operations Forces-Security Cooperation

    23E (10-Jul-2023 to 14-Jul-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This courses is presented in lecture format and is five days long. Topics addressed include security cooperation management, security cooperation organizations and responsibilities, the FMS process, finance, logistics, and training management.
  • 5/22/2023

    Joint Fundamentals Course

    Class #45 (22-May-2023 to 21-Jul-2023)Enrollment Closed
    *Note: Students MUST provide BOTH a personal email address AND either their .gov or .mil email address in order to be registered for the course. This course educates enlisted students for entry-level leadership careers in SOF. Students, from a tactical and operational perspective, will develop skills in communications, creative thinking, and ethical decision-making. Students will also analyze the history, unique function, and organization of the USSOCOM from the headquarters down to the subcomponent commands.
  • 5/22/2023

    Enterprise Management Course

    Class #43 (22-May-2023 to 21-Jul-2023)Enrollment Closed
    *Note: Students MUST provide BOTH a personal email address AND either their .gov or .mil email address in order to be registered for the course. The course educates and prepares enlisted special operators for mid-level leadership roles in SOF. Using a transformative approach, students will enhance their skills in critical thinking, organizational leadership, and management. Students will analyze the implications of U.S. national strategy on the execution of USSOCOM operations and strategy.
  • 6/12/2023

    SOF Creative Problem Solving – Fundamentals Online

    23D (12-Jun-2023 to 21-Jul-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This fully-online, semi-synchronous, faculty-guided course is designed to provide students with an orientation to the fundamentals of creativity and innovation, as well as an introduction to a 4-stage, deliberate creative problem-solving methodology for application in SOF-peculiar contexts. Students are provided a weekly module consisting of approx. 4-5 hrs of self-paced educational content (assigned articles, chapters, case-studies, videos, podcasts) and are expected to complete weekly check-on-learning assessments including, but not limited to: a) quizzes; b) writing assignments / discussion board posts; c) creative product development challenges; and d) .ppt / concept briefings. Important: this class format is designed for students who are working their day job but who also have an ability to participate in a weekly Zoom Gov meeting with faculty to review material and receive feedback on their work. Total time commitment: approx. 5 hrs per week
  • 7/10/2023

    Special Operations Intelligence Course

    23B (10-Jul-2023 to 21-Jul-2023)Enrollment Closed
    *Note: Students will be enrolled between 45 days and NLT 30 days prior to the course start date. Those not selected will be rejected or placed on a standby list for the first available seat. The Course Manager will provide a welcome email to students prior to the course start date. This course is designed to prepare Intelligence personnel for duty on Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC), Combined/Joint Special Operations Task Forces (CJSOTF), and/or Special Operations Joint Task Force (SOJTF) Intelligence staffs. It examines SOCOM missions, Intelligence Community (IC) support to SOF, SOCOM J2 staff, SOF intelligence systems capabilities, intelligence support to Irregular Warfare (IW), evolution of intelligence and International Relations concepts.
  • 7/17/2023

    USSOCOM Staff Education Program - Foundations

    23C (17-Jul-2023 to 21-Jul-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This virtual course has two components. Students will complete a five-day asynchronous Blackboard session where they will read and study educational material on staff action officer responsibilities. Students will be required to write an Information Paper using all of the material provided and submit said paper for grading prior to the end of this asynchronous session. There will then be a four-day synchronous session that will be conducted via either ZoomGov or Wickr. The students will receive instruction from the CoS, CSEL, J-directorates, and on staff action officer responsibilities. The students will be required to write a position paper during this session and submit it for grading. These papers will be reviewed with the students and submitted to their leadership upon completion. There will be a short multiple choice exam at the conclusion of this session.
  • 7/17/2023

    Understanding State Fragility and Institutional Resiliency (Pilot)

    23B (17-Jul-2023 to 21-Jul-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course provides information about these three themes: (a) the characteristics of the international system and the modern nation-state, (b) state fragility and institutional resiliency (c) state-sponsored resilience and resistance strategies. Students will receive an appreciation for the policies and practices utilized by governments and SOF. Instruction is structured within five (5) lessons across 24-hours of instruction. The first lesson will discuss the histories of Ukraine and Georgia as partially occupied states. The second lesson will explore the foundations of democracy and the 3rd wave of democratization. Lesson three in enlighten the students on Westphalia and the modern nation-state. In lesson four the students will discuss the models of state fragility. Concluding the instruction will be lesson five where the focus will be understanding institutional resilience. Students will complete readings, listen to podcasts, watch media, and participate in collaborative discussion boards in preparation for each class.
  • 7/10/2023

    Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Foundations Course

    23D (10-Jul-2023 to 28-Jul-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course is designed for USSOCOM, TSOC, and component staff members who are new to the countering weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) problem set. The CWMD-F course provides an overview of USSOCOM’s roles in CWMD and recent Unified Command Plan (UCP) change; an understanding of weapons of mass destruction proliferation, nonproliferation, and counter proliferation; a review of DoD CWMD strategy and programs, and a discussion on CWMD and the interagency. These fundamentals enable students to align policies across the CWMD spectrum to USSOCOM capabilities in managing its Coordinating Authority position and what USSOCOM is currently doing to address CWMD operations.
  • 7/24/2023

    SOF Resource Management Course

    23B (24-Jul-2023 to 28-Jul-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This virtual course is composed of a five-day synchronous session (32 hours) that will be conducted via ZoomGov. The course provides a comprehension level overview of the fiscal laws, rules, and processes for Service-common base operating support, home station, and deployment area administrative and logistical support using Major Force Program 11 funds (MFP-11).
  • 7/24/2023

    National Resistance Course

    23G (24-Jul-2023 to 28-Jul-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course prepares CJSOTF, TSOC or GCC – level staff members to conceptualize, plan, and coordinate support-to-resistance operations, focusing on unconventional warfare for planning, management, and oversight of SOF activities at the operational and strategic levels.
  • 7/31/2023

    Special Operations Forces - Information Advantage and Intelligence Integration (Pilot)

    23C (31-Jul-2023 to 04-Aug-2023)Enrollment Closed
    SOF-IAII Pilot is the advanced-applied course for the JSOU Strategic Influence and Information Advantage (SIIA) Integrated Program of Study (IPOS) nested within the JSOU Learning Pathways in Action (LPIA) program. Designed primarily for personnel who are assigned to Special Operations Command Components and Theater Commands in operations and planning billets. It applies the application of theory, strategy and doctrine, of national Strategic Influence methods and Operational Information Capability planning gained in the basic course to gain information advantage and intelligence integration intelligence (IAII). Combining the theories and history of strategic influence, terms and applying the concepts of joint information advantage procedures will provide the learner with the skills required to integrate information and intelligence to create the influence effects to achieve mission success. The SOF-IAII pilot is available through a combination of virtual and in-person learning with JSOU. This pilot course requires the prerequisite basic course of the SOF-IOIE. The virtual portion of the course is two-week and the in-person course is 4 days long. There are four modules within the resident course that include; Information Advantage Intelligence Integration, Human Aspects of the Information Environment, IAII Disciplines, and a practicum. There are daily practical exercises and activities that facilitate the production of deliverable products required during the practicum that are due on Thursday during class. The student must obtain a passing assessment to complete the course. Completion of this advanced course is required to continue on to the elective courses in the SIIA IPOS.
  • 8/7/2023

    TSOC Cyber Planner Course (Pilot)

    23B (07-Aug-2023 to 11-Aug-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course prepares staff officers for planning, management, and oversight of cyber-related activities at the Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC) level. The course examines the organizations, processes, and procedures involved in planning and conducting operations in the cyber domain in-support-of deployed forces and the TSOC staff. During the course, students will conduct two planning evolutions simulating the actions required to employ cyber effects.
  • 8/7/2023

    Special Operations Planning Course

    23D (07-Aug-2023 to 18-Aug-2023)Enrollment Closed
    The Special Operations Planning Course (SOPC) instructs students on the pathways to conduct operational-level, Special Operations Forces (SOF)-centric, Operational Design for development of a special operations crisis operation. Students follow Operational Design with instruction and application of detailed planning for a SOF-led operation through the Joint Planning Process. Each day students will be challenged to exercise critical thinking and problem-solving skills during multiple different virtual learning activities outlined on the agenda. These activities include: readings, analysis of prepared Power Point and DOCNET materials, completing online assignments, and synthesizing information found in online resources such as audio and video files. Collaborative interaction occurs through seminar discussions with a small group mentor, briefings to peers and a culminating brief to a senior SOF mentor (former TSOC, JSOTF/SOJTF Commander). Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between joint doctrine, SOF military strategy, and operational-level planning in order to better prepare them to serve in a Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC) or other special operations component or command. Using case study scenarios and collaborative exercises, students apply all phases of the military planning process, SOF focused, as they create a variety of analytical products. SOPC is a Joint-certified course, and students completing the course earn 1.5 credits towards full Joint Officer Qualification (JQO).
  • 8/14/2023

    Theater Special Operations Command Staff Preparation Course-Mobile

    23G (14-Aug-2023 to 18-Aug-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course educates new Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC) personnel on how a TSOC plans for and employs U.S. special operations capabilities in an era of Strategic Competition. Participants explore Special Operations Forces (SOF) core activities and how SOF uses their employment/funding authorities to achieve TSOC and Geographic Combatant Command’s operational and strategic theater goals while tying them to their priorities in support of national and defense security strategy in a Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational (JIIM) environment. The Theater Special Operations Command Staff Preparation Course-Mobile (TSPC-M) is a five-day in-residence educational event taught at the sponsoring TSOC Headquarters.
  • 1/2/2023

    Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy

    Class #51 (02-Jan-2023 to 25-Aug-2023)Enrollment Closed
    JSOFSEA enhances the critical thinking of senior enlisted leaders (SEL) as they grow their knowledge base in the strategic and operational realm. Students gain valuable knowledge and experience to successfully lead in the joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational (JIIM) environment. This course develops students for operational and strategic level positions across a broad range of joint and special operations assignments.
  • 1/3/2023

    Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy

    Class #51 (03-Jan-2023 to 25-Aug-2023)Open
    JSOFSEA enhances the critical thinking of senior enlisted leaders (SEL) as they grow their knowledge base in the strategic and operational realm. Students gain valuable knowledge and experience to successfully lead in the joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational (JIIM) environment. This course develops students for operational and strategic level positions across a broad range of joint and special operations assignments.
  • 7/10/2023

    Partner-Force Leadership for Joint SOF Professionals (Pilot)

    23A (10-Jul-2023 to 25-Aug-2023)Enrollment Closed
    Created by SOF, for SOF! This course is the second course in the Joint SOF Leadership & SOF Professional Ethic Integrated Program of Study with Cornell University. It builds on the foundational principles of leadership from the SOF Leadership Foundations Course. This course delivers a SOF-specific educational theory of partner-force leadership (PFL) oriented toward relational, cross-cultural, and indirect leadership styles that enhance the critical thinking and ethical decision-making of SOF formations deployed in developing countries where SOF forces are perpetually engaged in global operations. The course leverages non-traditional leadership theories that include relational, cross-cultural, and indirect leadership styles for building connectedness in highly complex and hazardous SOF environments where leading partner forces and associated populations is critical for strategic success in the compounded security environment. For student planning purposes, the course is nine weeks long. Students will convene via Zoom once a week for two hours each class session. The one week between classroom sessions gives students time to read, reflect, and complete assigned tasks per lesson.
  • 8/21/2023

    National Resistance Course

    23H (21-Aug-2023 to 25-Aug-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course prepares CJSOTF, TSOC or GCC – level staff members to conceptualize, plan, and coordinate support-to-resistance operations, focusing on unconventional warfare for planning, management, and oversight of SOF activities at the operational and strategic levels.
  • 8/23/2023

    Theater Special Operations Command Staff Preparation Course-Mobile

    23H (23-Aug-2023 to 31-Aug-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course educates new Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC) personnel on how a TSOC plans for and employs U.S. special operations capabilities in an era of Strategic Competition. Participants explore Special Operations Forces (SOF) core activities and how SOF uses their employment/funding authorities to achieve TSOC and Geographic Combatant Command’s operational and strategic theater goals while tying them to their priorities in support of national and defense security strategy in a Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational (JIIM) environment. The Theater Special Operations Command Staff Preparation Course-Mobile (TSPC-M) is a five-day in-residence educational event taught at the sponsoring TSOC Headquarters.
  • 7/24/2023

    SOF Creative Problem Solving – Fundamentals Online

    23E (24-Jul-2023 to 01-Sep-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This fully-online, semi-synchronous, faculty-guided course is designed to provide students with an orientation to the fundamentals of creativity and innovation, as well as an introduction to a 4-stage, deliberate creative problem-solving methodology for application in SOF-peculiar contexts. Students are provided a weekly module consisting of approx. 4-5 hrs of self-paced educational content (assigned articles, chapters, case-studies, videos, podcasts) and are expected to complete weekly check-on-learning assessments including, but not limited to: a) quizzes; b) writing assignments / discussion board posts; c) creative product development challenges; and d) .ppt / concept briefings. Important: this class format is designed for students who are working their day job but who also have an ability to participate in a weekly Zoom Gov meeting with faculty to review material and receive feedback on their work. Total time commitment: approx. 5 hrs per week
  • 7/24/2023

    JSOUs Design Fundamentals Online

    23D (24-Jul-2023 to 01-Sep-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This 6-module semi-synchronous and live-facilitated online course examines, explores, and curates to gain new knowledge and applications in Design lexicon, methods, models, and tools. During the 6-weeks, students are provided a weekly module consisting of 3-3.5- hrs. of self-paced and group learning and must attend a 1 – 1.5-hour live faculty facilitated discussion. (Total 4-5 hrs. per week)
  • 9/11/2023

    Joint SOF Logistics Course

    23D (11-Sep-2023 to 15-Sep-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This virtual course is conducted synchronously over a five-day period via ZoomGov and will focus on enhancing and reinforcing baseline Joint logistics knowledge and skills through instruction on Special Operations Forces (SOF) unique and Service Component Operational-Level/Theater-specific logistics capabilities and resources to enable and support global SOF operations.
  • 9/11/2023

    Joint Special Operations Medical Orientation Course

    23B (11-Sep-2023 to 15-Sep-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course is composed of a five-day synchronous session (30 hours) conducted in residence at JSOU. This interactive course explains the SOF medical operations concepts and fundamentals of the USSOCOM mission, roles, and capabilities, with a focus on medical operations in a joint setting. The students will also examine operations/plans, current lessons learned, medical intelligence, medical force protection, operational risk assessment, health surveillance, and SOF-relevant clinical subjects.
  • 9/11/2023

    Historical Survey of SOF Support to Resistance and Resilience Across the 4 Ages of SOF (Pilot)

    23B (11-Sep-2023 to 15-Sep-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This course provides information as a historical survey of SOF support to resistance and resilience across the four ages of SOF. Students will receive an understanding of irregular warfare and the origination of Special Operations. The first lesson will be an introduction to irregular warfare. The second lesson will explore the conception and emergence of Special Operations. Lesson three in enlighten the students on the promotion and expansion of Special Operations. In lesson four the students will discuss the regeneration and validation of Special Operations. Concluding the instruction will be lesson five where the focus will be rebalancing the renewal of Special Operations. Students will complete readings, listen to podcasts, watch media, and participate in collaborative discussion boards in preparation for each class.
  • 9/11/2023

    Special Operations Planning Course

    23E (11-Sep-2023 to 22-Sep-2023)Enrollment Closed
    The Special Operations Planning Course (SOPC) instructs students on the pathways to conduct operational-level, Special Operations Forces (SOF)-centric, Operational Design for development of a special operations crisis operation. Students follow Operational Design with instruction and application of detailed planning for a SOF-led operation through the Joint Planning Process. Each day students will be challenged to exercise critical thinking and problem-solving skills during multiple different virtual learning activities outlined on the agenda. These activities include: readings, analysis of prepared Power Point and DOCNET materials, completing online assignments, and synthesizing information found in online resources such as audio and video files. Collaborative interaction occurs through seminar discussions with a small group mentor, briefings to peers and a culminating brief to a senior SOF mentor (former TSOC, JSOTF/SOJTF Commander). Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between joint doctrine, SOF military strategy, and operational-level planning in order to better prepare them to serve in a Theater Special Operations Command (TSOC) or other special operations component or command. Using case study scenarios and collaborative exercises, students apply all phases of the military planning process, SOF focused, as they create a variety of analytical products. SOPC is a Joint-certified course, and students completing the course earn 1.5 credits towards full Joint Officer Qualification (JQO).
  • 9/18/2023

    USSOCOM Staff Education Program - Foundations

    23D (18-Sep-2023 to 22-Sep-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This virtual course has two components. Students will complete a five-day asynchronous Blackboard session where they will read and study educational material on staff action officer responsibilities. Students will be required to write an Information Paper using all of the material provided and submit said paper for grading prior to the end of this asynchronous session. There will then be a four-day synchronous session that will be conducted via either ZoomGov or Wickr. The students will receive instruction from the CoS, CSEL, J-directorates, and on staff action officer responsibilities. The students will be required to write a position paper during this session and submit it for grading. These papers will be reviewed with the students and submitted to their leadership upon completion. There will be a short multiple choice exam at the conclusion of this session.
  • 9/25/2023

    Special Operations Forces-Security Cooperation

    23F (25-Sep-2023 to 29-Sep-2023)Enrollment Closed
    This courses is presented in lecture format and is five days long. Topics addressed include security cooperation management, security cooperation organizations and responsibilities, the FMS process, finance, logistics, and training management.
  • 8/7/2023

    Joint Fundamentals Course

    Class #46 (07-Aug-2023 to 06-Oct-2023)Enrollment Closed
    *Note: Students MUST provide BOTH a personal email address AND either their .gov or .mil email address in order to be registered for the course. This course educates enlisted students for entry-level leadership careers in SOF. Students, from a tactical and operational perspective, will develop skills in communications, creative thinking, and ethical decision-making. Students will also analyze the history, unique function, and organization of the USSOCOM from the headquarters down to the subcomponent commands.
  • 8/7/2023

    Enterprise Management Course

    Class #44 (07-Aug-2023 to 06-Oct-2023)Enrollment Closed
    *Note: Students MUST provide BOTH a personal email address AND either their .gov or .mil email address in order to be registered for the course. The course educates and prepares enlisted special operators for mid-level leadership roles in SOF. Using a transformative approach, students will enhance their skills in critical thinking, organizational leadership, and management. Students will analyze the implications of U.S. national strategy on the execution of USSOCOM operations and strategy.
  • 8/14/2023

    Summit

    Class #21 (14-Aug-2023 to 03-Nov-2023)Enrollment Closed
    The course educates students for nominative-level leadership roles in SOF. Students will learn mission-oriented leadership and strategic thinking skills to prepare them to effectively advise, lead, and mentor at the strategic leader level. Students will also analyze and evaluate the impact strategic thinking, U.S. national policy, and global security has on USSOCOM.
  • 4/3/2023

    Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy

    Class #52 (03-Apr-2023 to 21-Nov-2023)Enrollment Closed
    JSOFSEA enhances the critical thinking of senior enlisted leaders (SEL) as they grow their knowledge base in the strategic and operational realm. Students gain valuable knowledge and experience to successfully lead in the joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational (JIIM) environment. This course develops students for operational and strategic level positions across a broad range of joint and special operations assignments.
  • 4/3/2023

    Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy

    Class #52 (03-Apr-2023 to 22-Nov-2023)Enrollment Closed
    JSOFSEA enhances the critical thinking of senior enlisted leaders (SEL) as they grow their knowledge base in the strategic and operational realm. Students gain valuable knowledge and experience to successfully lead in the joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational (JIIM) environment. This course develops students for operational and strategic level positions across a broad range of joint and special operations assignments.
  • 10/16/2023

    Enterprise Management Course

    Class #45 (16-Oct-2023 to 15-Dec-2023)Enrollment Closed
    *Note: Students MUST provide BOTH a personal email address AND either their .gov or .mil email address in order to be registered for the course. The course educates and prepares enlisted special operators for mid-level leadership roles in SOF. Using a transformative approach, students will enhance their skills in critical thinking, organizational leadership, and management. Students will analyze the implications of U.S. national strategy on the execution of USSOCOM operations and strategy.
  • 7/5/2023

    Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy

    Class #53 (05-Jul-2023 to 29-Feb-2024)Enrollment Closed
    JSOFSEA enhances the critical thinking of senior enlisted leaders (SEL) as they grow their knowledge base in the strategic and operational realm. Students gain valuable knowledge and experience to successfully lead in the joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational (JIIM) environment. This course develops students for operational and strategic level positions across a broad range of joint and special operations assignments.
  • 1/8/2024

    Joint Fundamentals Course

    Class #47 (08-Jan-2024 to 08-Mar-2024)Enrollment Closed
    *Note: Students MUST provide BOTH a personal email address AND either their .gov or .mil email address in order to be registered for the course. This course educates enlisted students for entry-level leadership careers in SOF. Students, from a tactical and operational perspective, will develop skills in communications, creative thinking, and ethical decision-making. Students will also analyze the history, unique function, and organization of the USSOCOM from the headquarters down to the subcomponent commands.