Entry into the JAG Corps is extremely competitive. The U.S. Army is currently accepting only the highest legal talent, and academic standards are very strict. In addition to academics, applicants are expected to exhibit the leadership qualities befitting an officer in service to his or her country.
- Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
- Applicant must pass a security clearance.
- Applicant must adhere to U.S. Army standards of physical fitness.
- Applicant must have graduated from an ABA-accredited law school.
- Applicant must have been admitted to the bar of either a Federal court or the highest court of any state in the United States or the District of Columbia.
Not only must applicants meet the above JAG corps requirements, they must also be able to serve 20 years of active commissioned service before reaching the age of 62. Applicants must be under the age of 42 at the time of entry into active duty service.
Successful applicants who accept a direct commission in the U.S. Army JAG Corps incur a four-year active duty service obligation (ADSO). Judge Advocates choosing to continue serving in the JAG Corps will find unlimited opportunities for both personal and professional development.