SocalPizza wrote:adil91 wrote:I'm interested in being Marine JAG, a few questions
1) I've seen people in this thread say that you might not practice law at all during your commission, how can this be? I mean the JAG part of the marine website depicts law as a pretty central part of being a Marine JAG
2)Considering my first question, are exit opportunities from the Marine JAG as good as the other branches? I'd like to have a chance to work for the USAO
I'm not a Marine JA, but I can tell you that in the Marine Corps, Judge Advocates are unrestricted line officers. Regardless of what anyone else's experience in the past may have been, you have no guarantees for the future. You are 100% available to lead troops into battle.
As I understand it, that's not what has happened in the past with most JA's. But you should know before applying that there are no guarantees to do legal work, regardless of what your recruiter may tell you (and what others' experiences may have been).
I'm going to weigh in even though I normally only do so when I have 100% confidence/personal experience. That's not the case here, but I've seen this sentiment enough recently I feel compelled to give my 1/50th of a dollar.
Yes, it is true every Marine goes through TBS and the Marine ethos is "Every Marine is a Rifleman." However, that does not mean that you will not be serving in your MOS (Military Occupational Specialty). What it means is that those Marine JAGs assigned to operational commanders, by the nature of the size of Marine operations, may be closer to the front than the JAGs of other services. The JAG needs to be a Rifleman just in case things go to he** in a hand-basket and he/she needs to take command of a squad/platoon.
In routine assignment policy-- yes even wartime assignment policy-- the Corps needs its JAGs fulfilling their MOS-- especially in a first tour. It's just too darned inefficient and too expensive to do otherwise. (Note: This doesn't mean you'll necessarily be in a Legal Services Office doing Court Martial defense, etc. The concept of filling the MOS may be somewhat broad.) As an unrestricted line officer, you will be expected to do other things eventually (e.g., attend War College), but that's a way down the road.
Is this a guarantee? No. There are no guarantees. However, I'd hate to see someone who really wants to serve as a JAG in the USMC hesitate because of rumors about having to go be an infantry officer for a few years.