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On enlistment, newer members of the ADF are introduced to the basic concepts of military power and how it contributes to Australia’s national power.

This is typically mixed with a strong focus on their own domain or environment and the way it contributes to the wider context. As personnel gain experience and further education, this foundation understanding evolves to include an even stronger appreciation of how different aspects of Defence work harmoniously together to achieve a greater effect.

During JPME Level 2 development, personnel will typically focus primarily on their own Service or Group’s contribution to military power. In tandem with Technical Mastery progression, Defence Mastery helps contextualise their overall role in Defence.

JPME Level 3 represents a greater emphasis on how individual ADF capabilities contribute to joint operations. Those operating at this level will be offered both formal off-job learning and workplace experience to enhance their performance in this area.

Defence Mastery at JPME Level 4 becomes increasingly orientated towards capability integration. Those working at this level require an advanced appreciation of all ADF capabilities and how to optimise these to achieve strategic missions.

JPME Level 5 orientates toward the political-military interface where the full impact of military power can be provided to support Australian Government policy.


Profession of Arms

The Profession of Arms is introduced from the most junior levels. However, its prominence becomes increasingly important from late JPME Level 2 and into Level 3. This is also the time when the Joint Warfare learning area focuses on the core purpose of the Profession of Arms: understanding the nature and changing character of war. It covers the philosophy and theory of the ADF’s employment in the unique role of the defence of Australia.

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National security, policy and strategy

The National Security Policy and Strategy learning area focuses on Defence and Australia’s place in the regional and global context.

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