OPMEPOfficer Professional Military Education Policy
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These programs of instruction generally are fully committed to existing OPMEP requirements, and efforts to introduce new content often meet resistance from administrators and faculty.
The OPMEP guidance for the other war colleges does not preclude the teaching of civil-military relations, but it does not specifically require it.
The OPMEP addresses this tension by tasking the various senior-level PME schools with different missions and focus areas.
The USAWC created the Analytical Cultural Framework for Strategy and Policy to fulfill OPMEP requirements and deliberately designed it for the strategic level.
Although not specifically required for certification through the OPMEP Process of Accreditation of Joint Education (PAJE), the service colleges are expected to provide leadership education to their students.
However, they were all implemented for the same reasons: the Nation was at war in both Iraq and Afghanistan and needed some temporary relief from peacetime OPMEP and PAJE requirements.
The OPMEP is pretty clear regarding the way the senior service colleges have approached teaching the subject covering the nature, character, and conduct of war.
The focus of the OPMEP is clear regarding the goals of Service SLC education: "To prepare students for positions of strategic leadership and advisement; senior education focuses on national security strategy, theater strategy and campaigning, joint planning processes and systems, and joint interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational capabilities and integration." (5)
(2) Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) Instruction 1800.01D (CH 1), "Officer Professional Military Education Policy (OPMEP)," September 15, 2011, available at <http://dtic.mil/doctrine/education/officer_JPME/cjcsi1800_01d.pdf>.
The CJCS provides joint PME guidance to the Services through various policy documents, including the December 2011 Officer Professional Military Education Policy (OPMEP) (4) and the recent CJCS white paper on joint education.
JPME program guidance is provided by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Officer Professional Military Education Policy (OPMEP).
Mandatory curricular requirements are set for the colleges by the Officer Professional Military Education Policy (OPMEP), which prescribes the topics that have to be taught for the school to be accredited by the Joint Staff.