BLin98 wrote:Long time board lurker and I spent the last week going through this thread in my free time. Thank you to all the informative folks.
I have been speaking with a family friend of mine who is a 22+ year Navy vet. He had a lot of good information for me and when I discussed the abysmal acceptance rates and stiff competition, his suggestion was to apply as much as possible through normal channels, and then if not accepted simply sign up as an regular officer and go that route. Then after two years start requesting a transfer to JAGC.
Everything I have been reading the past few months about military service in general tells me that this is a bad idea and relies on multiple factors outside of my direct control in order to get to where I want to serve. He says that he does know some officers that did it this way, but I think he may just be confused and referring to the LEP program.
In the Navy, officers can request lateral transfers. It is not the same as the LEP. Are you currently in law school? In order to be elgible as a lateral transfer you would need to be licensed. Additionally, you would have to get picked up for a comission in another program. I spent 6 years Active Duty with the Navy and am currently a drilling reservist. Let me know if you have any specific questions.