bouakedojo wrote:Thanks for the advice again from the posters above.
I have sent an email to the department that goes to two Captains there.
I will report back when I hear something.
Tangential question: I've heard from several JAGs that Navy is the most prestigious of the branches. Is that true? I don't remember reading that before ITT and thought it was interesting.
I personally believe I could be happy with any of the branches, but I would probably prefer the AF, and I always thought they were the most highly regarded.
I agree with 2LT and Brownshoe regarding the prestige question. From my Air Force seat, I have worked with some insanely smart and talented JAGs from all the branches. You are going to find fast burners and the occasional dirtbag in ACUs, ABUs, MARPATs, and NWUs alike. While there is plenty of good-natured service rivalry, any member in uniform claiming their JAG Corps has the market corneredin terms of talent/prestige/whatever is simply full of it. If you can, talk to JAGs that have worked joint assignments or been on joint deployments with the other services. If your concern is about civilian prestige, a career in uniform not the place to go.
2LT brings up an excellent point regarding differences in the services you should be paying attention to – namely what each of us brings to the fight. There are significant differences in the mission and culture of each branch and each JAG Corps reflects that. There are also practical differences in terms of practicing as a JAG that should be investigated as well – fields like labor and environmental law have been largely civilianized in the Navy, the differences b/t being assigned to an AF Base Legal Office compared to an Army Battalion/Brigade, deployment opportunities, etc.
I will respectfully dissent in regard to 2LT’s “DUI cases” though. I have been fortunate to work at two bases with a high military justice tempo and have tried/observed a number of interesting cases ranging from drug distribution rings to check fraud to assault with a deadly weapon. These are obviously not PFC Manning or MAJ Hasan level courts but attorneys at the 1-4 year mark are not going to be trying those anywhere. Sometimes the dorm/barracks sexual assaults or urinalysis cases can be tedious but they are all outstanding litigation training opportunities.