Penrosa wrote:what do you know about inactive duty with JAG? i just finished my second year in law school and have been offered a post grad job with navy jag. i also only plan to do it for 4 years and then transition into something like the us attorneys office. i've been asking recruiters about the chances of being called up during the four year inactive commitment, but i can't get a straight answer (very surprising, i know). i know you are doing air force, but i'm curious what they have told you about it.
I've had "total force" classes (Air National Guard & Reserves) in both OTS and JASOC and I still cannot make any sense of it. There are many colors of Reserves in the AF and it seems needlessly complicated. That said, I do know that after our initial 4, if we punch out, we are Inactive Reserve. This is the absolute last line and in the JAG realm, is never (at least so far) tapped. You have to figure that with, at best, 10% selection rates, it is not like JAG Corps hurts for numbers. That said, it is not beyond the realm of possibility. I was actually talking about this with one of the E-7 paralegals last week. he could not fathom a JAG being recalled from inactive reserve short of a Russia/China level conflict.
Regardless, you are protected by USERRA if such a situation were to occur. You cannot get fired or discriminated against for your reserve status/commitment. USAO and other federal lawyering positions are filled with former JAGs, many that are still active reservists and I have never heard of it ever being an issue.