Army Reserve
Army JAG Attorneys

Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps Attorney (27A)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Entry Level


Judge Advocates are 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, intelligence law, and contract/fiscal law.

Duty locations include the continental United States and installations worldwide such as Germany, Korea, Japan, and Italy.

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 and their staff
  • Represent Soldiers at courts-martial and before administrative separation boards


Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Have earned a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Admitted to the bar for the federal/highest court of any state in the United States or the District of Columbia (note: 3L students may also apply)
  • Be able to serve 20 years of active commissioned service before reaching the age of 62 (under the age of 42 at the time of entry onto active duty)


Training requires completing the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course, which involves two phases:

  • Direct Commissioned Officer Course: The first phase is a rigorous six-week course in leadership and tactics at Fort Benning, Ga. DCC is designed to challenge new Army officers mentally and physically in the classroom and field.
  • Charlottesville Phase: The second phase is a ten-and-a-half week academic course at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Va. Judge Advocates receive classroom 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. The course is designed to prepare judge advocates for their first 3 years of practice in the JAG Corps.

Helpful Skills

  • Self-discipline, confidence and intelligence
  • Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure
  • Ability to make quick decisions
  • Capable of bearing numerous responsibilities
  • Team player


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, insurance, special pay, and 30 days paid vacation. Learn more about total compensation.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Education Benefits

Judge Advocates servicing on active duty can take advantage of the Montgomery GI Bill. to help defray the cost of tuition, books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you acquire as a Judge Advocate will adequately prepare you for a career as an attorney in various civilian legal positions.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after servomg in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at

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