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JECC Planners Course


JECC Planners Course is an "in-house" course designed to ensure JECC personnel have a common baseline of joint planning knowledge as they transition into their joint operational billets and conduct follow-on individual and collective training. The course is required training for new JECC personnel and is the foundational training requirement for personnel deploy-ability.

JECC personnel are trained as members of a joint planning group to apply operational art, operational design and the joint planning process (JPP) in order to create a joint task force-level operation order with annex A.

JECC PC provides training grounded in joint doctrine. Its curriculum is organized around the seven steps of the JPP and provides an overview of JTF operations and organization, an understanding of how strategic guidance shapes JTF planning, creating an operational approach, a practical experience of joint planning at the operational level and an appreciation of incorporating all national power elements in accomplishing a mission.

The course emphasizes working within a joint task force, interorganizational coordination and understanding communication synchronization through a Commander's Communication Strategy. The emphasis on these topics requires participants to break from their "military-only" paradigm and be inclusive of the non-DOD contributions to mission accomplishment.

JECC PC is offered quarterly and consists of 10 training days (8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.) spanning a two-week period. The first five days focus on operational design methodology and JPP steps 1 & 2: Planning Initiation and Mission Analysis. The second week covers JPP steps 3-7: Course of Action Development, COA Analysis and Wargaming, COA Comparison, COA Approval, and Plan and Order Development. Over two-thirds of the course is spent applying operational art, operational design and the JPP to a practical exercise based on a foreign humanitarian-assistance scenario.

Although JECC PC is primarily designed as an internal training course for JECC personnel, students from other commands and interagency partners are welcome to attend on a "space-available" basis via a standby list. As it gets closer to the execution of each course, we give any remaining seats not filled by JECC personnel to people on the standby list (we contact "standbys" three weeks out). There is no cost to attend JECC PC as a guest; however, your parent command is responsible for any associated travel, per diem and lodging costs. All classroom materials are provided by JECC.

JECC PC 2020-3 Apr. 27 to May 8, 2020  (No longer accepting non-JECC personnel registration)
JECC PC 2020-4 July 27 to Aug. 7, 2020  (No longer accepting non-JECC personnel registration)
JECC PC 2021-1 Oct. 19 to Oct. 30, 2020
JECC PC 2021-2 Jan. 25 to Feb. 5, 2021
JECC PC 2021-3 Apr. 19 to Apr. 30, 2021
JECC PC 2021-4 Jul. 19 to Jul. 30, 2021
JECC PC 2022-1 Oct. 18 to Oct. 29, 2021
JECC PC 2022-2 Jan. 24 to Feb. 4, 2022
JECC PC 2022-1 TBD
JECC PC 2022-2 TBD
JECC PC 2022-3 TBD
JECC PC 2022-4 TBD

Signing up for JECC PC is easy. All prospective students – JECC or guest – must register to attend by submitting a completed JECC PC Student Registration/Biography Form. These forms are used only to help us assign you to an appropriate operational planning team (OPT) during the course. We try to spread the experience and skills across all four OPTs to deliver a better learning experience to students. Your information will NOT be used for anything else, nor will it be shared outside JECC.

Please do the following:

  1. Download the JECC PC Student Registration/Biography Form.
  2. Complete the form with your information.
  3. Save the form using the following naming convention: “LastName_FirstName_StudentBio”.
  4. E-mail the form to rhiannon.m.ressler.civ@mail.mil,  richard.s.bernard5.ctr@mail.mil, and andrew.p.creel.civ@mail.mil.

Please note applicants must have a current Secret security clearance in order to attend JECC PC (this is for building access; the course is entirely Unclassified).

JECC PC Administrative Information and Reporting Instructions includes everything you need to know to arrive on Day 1 and begin the course.

Additional questions should be directed to:

Andrew Creel JECC PC Course Director andrew.p.creel.civ@mail.mil 757-836-9735
Rhiannon Ressler JECC PC Course Facilitator rhiannon.m.ressler.civ@mail.mil 757-836-5869
Shane Bernard JECC PC Admin Assistant richard.s.bernard5.ctr@mail.mil 757-836-9255