zVo wrote:For those of you who do intend to apply for JAG,
why do you want to become a JAG officer?
I'm starting LS next month so I'm still a ways from applying. At the moment, I do plan to apply as a backup option. I honestly may be a good option for me because I left with 9 years TIS and I figured I could retire at 21 years as a LTC if I went back and did JAG. Not too shabby.
zVo wrote:For those who do not want to rejoin the military,
why do you not want to become a JAG officer?
The only thing that holds me back is that I truly hated my experience the last few years I was in the Army and got out with a horrible taste in my mouth that I don't want to relive again. I know JAG is COMPLETELY different than what I was doing but I can't help but think that I will still be overwhelmed by the idiocracy that is the military.
zVo wrote:I'm weighing the pros and cons myself. I'm attracted to JAG Corps because with 10 more years of active duty service and I'll have a pension and a variety of legal experience that would hopefully give me an edge in a job hunt. I don't know enough about the JAG Corps to know if it's going to increase exit options or diminish them.
I think the bolded part is true, especially if you wanted to get into general practice. I spoke with a JAG attorney before getting out. The way it was described to me, it actually sounds like a pretty cool deal. As I'm sure you know, there are many areas the JAG serve ranging from family law, criminal law, transactional, international law, and everything else in-between. The guy told me that you move from office to office every year to two years (not neccissarily a PCS because installations have different offices for different things) so you'll get experience in everything. I think this is good because if you're leaving LS and your not sure what area of law you want to practice, I'd think after doing JAG for a while, it'd be easy to narrow it down to a specialty that you really enjoy. Or you may find that you like the general practice idea.