Becoming an Army JAG

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U.S. Air Force Capt. Angelica Frink Walker is pictured in an official photo July 31, 2020. Frink Walker, who currently serves as the 125th Fighter Wing Director of Equal Opportunity, will become one of only a handful of 125th Fighter Wing members to transition to the active-duty JAG Corps. (Tech. Sgt. Chelsea Smith/U.S. Air National Guard)

If you're a law school graduate with the goal of joining a prestigious law firm someday, then you should consider joining the ranks of the Judge Advocate General -- also known as the Army JAG Corps.

Established in 1775 by George Washington, the JAG Corps is America's oldest law firm. Since its founding, the JAG Corps has grown into one of our country's largest law firms, with more than 3,400 full- and part-time attorneys.

The Army JAG Corps has worked some of the most famous cases in our nation's history, including the trials of the treasonous Benedict Arnold, John Wilkes Booth and the Nazi war criminals at Nuremburg.

The JAG Corps offers the unique opportunity to serve your country as an officer in the Army while quickly developing your skills as a lawyer. As a JAG, your practice will include everything from military law and criminal prosecution to international law and legal assistance. JAG Corps attorneys gain a legal expertise that sets them apart, and that expertise is respected by private law firms looking for new talent.

The JAG Corps also commissions officers at an advanced pay grade and awards them their first promotion within a year after that.

As a member of the JAG Corps, you'll also get the opportunity to expand your legal knowledge and professional growth through educational opportunities, including the following:

  • Continuous legal education (CLE)
  • Masters of laws (military law)
  • Masters of laws (specialized)
  • Command and General Staff College
  • Special military training (including airborne, ranger and air assault schools)

And along with increased opportunity comes increased responsibility. You won't be doing admin work for others. You'll be working cases. But this doesn't mean you'll be alone; senior JAG attorneys with years of experience will mentor you, offering encouragement and constructive feedback.

If you are interested in joining a law firm that offers you this and much more, then take the step and contact an Army recruiter to learn how you can become a member of the U.S. Army JAG Corps.

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