Patrick Bateman wrote:Chiglaw wrote:Eagle wrote:joemoviebuff wrote:Do you guys know if the military will still pay for your education if you join after law school? The work itself appeals to me, but this is a question I've pondered for a while.
My understanding is that Active Duty Army and Air Force now have 65K loan repayment programs that are paid out directly to law school lenders during the first tour. Navy does not have such a program, but does offer a 60K bonus to JAGs who agree to an additional four years after the initial four year service commitment.
I think your eligibility for the loan repayment for both Army and Air Force depends on when you receive your commission as opposed to when you finished law school. That said, I think it is much more difficult to get accepted into JAG as a practicing attorney than as a law student.
Has this recently changed? From the Air Force JAG website:
"Q: Do you have a student loan repayment program?
A: The Air Force does not have a tuition reimbursement program for JAG officers but there is a retention program that allows the service to pay up to $60,000 after you complete your initial service obligation to remain on active duty for an additional time period. The details are that after your initial four-year commitment, you sign up for another two years and you receive $20,000; then at the six-year point you can sign up for four more years and receive another $40,000. I note that you can use the money for whatever you want, i.e. loans, car, house, investments, etc. While we expect this robust retention program to remain for years to come, it is contingent on annual Congressional approval"
Yes, this will change very soon. It will mirror the Army's repayment program but there are no firm details yet available. I will post whenever more information becomes available.
Last I heard was that they're waiting for approval of funding. Some budget cutting caused everything to stall. They were also saying that people who recently finished training might not be eligible for the $65k, but are likely the oldest class to receive any benefit (if they receive anything) since the program is geared towards attracting applicants rather than benefiting those who already accepted the offer.