Journeybound wrote:Hi. I'm beginning a paid AF JAG internship for my 2L summer next month, at Travis. I'm extremely excited about the opportunity. I stumbled into this thread, and I was hoping that you guys might help me out with some questions.
First, how competitive will it be for me to get an offer post-graduation with this internship? Does this give me a slight advantage? It looks like the acceptance rates are EXTREMELY low and competitive for commissions. I did 2 years of AFROTC in college, but I dropped out due to family emergency/marriage/desire to go to law school. I'm now at a T10, I love trial advocacy, and I'm interested in commissioning.
Also, what type of work is given to interns with the AF? Will I get any trial experience? Or will I be writing mostly memos....?
And lastly, what is the dress code like? Someone above said that in DC they had to wear a suit, is this standard at most basis for AF? I have a feeling that it will be strange not wearing a uniform when everyone else has one on.
Thanks! I look forward to hanging out in this thread with you all.
Congrats on the internship.
Being an intern puts you in the best possible position to get picked up for Direct Appointment. You'll have ten weeks to impress the JAGs and office leadership that you have the ability to cut it as an officer. Most applicants have a mere hour in the SJA interview to do this. Acceptance rates are still a total shit show and I would get yourself in the mind to be ready for a fight if this is something you really want. A good summer will set you up nicely, though there are still a number of other variables in play.
While we are in an appalling amount of pages for this thread, early on I think I had a few posts talking about how each JAG experience is unique based on the base he/she is stationed. While JAG work is technically universal, legal assistance is a pain to do everywhere, courts-martial are the same everywhere, the base legal office always takes on the flavor of the Wing they support. There will always be an emphasis on a particular thing reflecting the character of the mission which you support. A wing under Air Combat Command or Air Mobility Command is very different than a base under Material or Space Command. I interned at a Material Command base and did a huge amount of civil law projects simply because that is what the bulk of the work for everyone was. My interns at my present Air Combat Command base get a ton of military justice opportunities because we have plenty to go around. So, you'll have to wait and see - generally you'll be doing what the O-3 JAGs are doing.
Your dress code will turn mostly on the SJA and if you are at a base (versus a HQ Directorate or other specialized branch in DC). I recommend suit for your first day until you can figure out the lay of the land. I have had interns rock suits everyday and others come in polos. I personally am of the school that good clothes open all doors. The military is obsessed with personal appearance and if you come well (and conservatively) dressed, that will likely reflect well on you. You will probably have a handful of civilians in your office and no question there will be civilians (DOD and contractors) working on your base. While most people will be in uniform, it is not like you will be a sore thumb in civvies.