Are you qualified?
Because there are many more applicants to the JAG Corps than openings, the Army is looking for the best and the brightest. In addition to academic requirements, candidates are expected to exhibit the qualities befitting an Officer in service to their country, such as leadership, physical fitness, commitment and professionalism. Among other things, a qualified candidate will:
- Be mentally and physically fit
- Be of good moral standing and character
- Pass security clearance and citizenship requirements
- Have graduated from an ABA-approved law school
- 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
- Applicants must be able to serve 20 years of active commissioned service before reaching the age of 62. Thus, for most applicants, the age requirement is be under the age of 42 at the time of entry onto active duty.
Once selected, applicants who accept a direct commission in the JAG Corps serve a four-year tour of duty. Officers choosing to continue their career in the JAG Corps will find many opportunities for both personal and professional growth.