ABOUT ARMY JAG CORPS
Become a Judge Advocate, Champion Justice
The U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps is a government organization that operates like a court system. It’s practitioners, referred to as Judge Advocates, are licensed attorneys qualified to represent the Army and Army Soldiers in military legal matters.
Judge Advocates are often tasked with representing Soldiers during courts-martial, but the JAG Corps actually encompasses a wide range of legal disciplines, including civil litigation, tort claims, labor law, and international law.
The areas of practice available to Judge Advocates rivals what most civilian law schools and firms provide, which makes the JAG Corps an excellent venue for young attorneys to gain experience in a competitive legal field.
Judge Advocates have the option of serving as full-time legal practitioners on active duty, or as members of the U.S. Army Reserve. Being a part of the JAG Corps offers you the opportunity to serve the United States as a member of the Judicial Branch and a champion of justice.
The first step in becoming a Judge Advocate is attending the Officer Basic Course (OBC). OBC consists of two phases: the Direct Commissioned Officer Course (at Fort Benning, Georgia) and a Military Law Phase at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center (TJAGLCS) in Charlottesville, Virginia.Learn More
The U.S. Army JAG Corps was founded by George Washington on July 29th, 1775, shortly after he took command of the Continental Army. Since that time, the JAG Corps has played a key role in the events that shape our nation and our world. Read about the rich history of the JAG Corps here.Learn More