I'm new to this post at least in terms of contribution. I have, however, been reading your posts these past few months as I had also put my name into the AD Army JAG hat in November. I would first like to thank all of you; your posts have been helpful and encouraging. And a special thanks to Esquire as your posts were the most comforting and beneficial.
I would also like to say that much of the conjecture over the past few pages worth of posting has been unnecessary. I am fortunate in that my FSO called me just a few hours ago to inform me that I was tapped as a future JAG. I did not join to boast; rather, I was hoping to share my stats so that they may be encouraging/revealing to those of you who have yet to hear from your FSOs.
I attend a tier III school. I am barely in the top half of my class with a 3.06 gpa. I have not done any extracurricular legal activities. Instead, I worked a fast food job and coached a local high school sports team. I was in Army ROTC for 2 years during my junior and senior years of undergrad. My FSO interview went really well and I had three great recommendations (two from professors, one from a Marine Captain). Thus, I cannot agree that the Army has become like the large legal firms. I think, in the end, what helped me most was how I conveyed to the Board, through my FSO interview and my application, that serving my country was everything to me.
I hope that this may quell some of your fears or at least give you an idea of where you stand. Supposedly, the official announcement will be made on Monday. Good luck to all of you and thanks again. Hopefully I'll be meeting some of you in the not-too-distant future.