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JAG CORPS OFFICER Details


OVERVIEW
The Army Judge Advocate General's Corps attorney is responsible for offering legal support that involves military operations. They primarily focus on the areas of criminal law, legal assistance, civil/administrative law, labor/employment law, international/operational law and contract/fiscal law.

Duty locations include the continental United States and other installations overseas.

JOB DUTIES
  • Prosecute criminal cases under the Uniform Code of Military Justice
  • Provide legal advice to Soldiers, officers and their families
  • Offer legal reviews, ethics opinions and advice to commanders
  • Represent Soldiers at courts-martial


TRAINING
Job training for a JAG Corps attorney requires completing the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course, which involves three phases:
  • Fort Lee Phase: A 12-day military orientation course in Fort Lee, VA, that will give you the time to establish personnel and finance records, purchase uniforms, and receive instruction on several basic areas of military life.
  • Charlottesville Phase: This is a 10.5-week academic course at the Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, VA. You will receive instruction on the organization, function and mission of the Judge Advocate General's Corps, as well as an overview of the practice of law in the U.S. Army.
  • Direct Commissioned Officer Course: The final phase is a rigorous six-week course in leadership and tactics at Fort Benning, GA. It's designed to challenge new Army officers mentally and physically in the classroom/field.


HELPFUL SKILLS
  • Self-discipline, confidence and intelligence
  • Physical and mental fitness to perform under pressure
  • Ability to make quick decisions
  • Capable of bearing numerous responsibilities


FUTURE CIVILAN CAREERS
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career as an attorney in various positions.