AnnaP331 wrote:I stumbled across this thread while looking for information about the Navy JAG. My husband was professionally recommended in May and we are trying to decide whether or not this is right for us and I'm hoping to get some information here that would help us make the decision.
Can someone tell me about the training for the Navy? I know there is ODS and the basic lawyer course. When will he attend each of these schools? While he is training, am I allowed to go with him or will he be required to stay on base the whole time? What type of pay is he getting while he is training (full pay with BAH/BAS)? After training how long are you given to move before you start working?
Also he was in the Army for ~4 years and in the National Guard for about 2 years. Does anyone know how that will effect his rank and his pay schedule in the Navy?
Is there a strong likelihood that he will be deployed? If so, how long would the deployments last? What will his schedule be while he is at home? Will he be required to travel a lot for work?
If he graduates in May, ODS will be around August, 5 weeks long, and you can't go with him. I think you get base pay but no BAH. Then he has to wait until he passes the bar - if he has results before the Oct class, he can start NJS in October. If not, he has to wait until Jan. He won't get paid between ODS and NJS. The first day of NJS is the first day of active duty. It is 10 weeks long, and you can go with him for that. You roll right from NJS to your first duty station. Theoretically, you could take leave en route, but typically, you just get a few days to travel there, and then you start work.
Pay - the 4 years will move him over a couple spots on the pay scale - not sure about the National guard time. Rank will be LTJG for the first nine months like everyone else unless he was an officer. In that case, he'll come in as a LT. Make sure the accessions detailer and recruiter is fully aware of his prior time so they can get his pay and rank straight before he begins.