veritas85 wrote:Anyone have insight into what life on a Ship would be like for a JAG?
What types of daily tasks would they be working on and what types of non-legal/JAG related tasks do they administer to JAGs?
There are actually very few sea-going billets for JAGs (at least at junior levels). Each of the aircraft carriers has a Lieutenant Commander/Commander JAG as their SJA and most (if not all) have transitioned their legal/discipline officer to JAGs too (rather than the navy equivalent of a paralegal). Big deck amphibs will also have a LT or LCDR, but probably only one officer instead of two, so that may be 30-40 people max-- meaning only 10-15 openings each year. If you end up in a shipboard billet, much of what you do will depend on your Captain. My last "Judge" got involved with the training team and led one of the damage control repair lockers, fighting fires etc. Others I've seen have been so busy administering the legal system on the ship, they just stayed in their office and apart from the room moving under you, it would probably be similar to whatever office job you're used to. Basically, it's what you want to make of it.
As you get more senior, you may be assigned to an admiral's staff for your expertise in laws of war, etc., and reviewing certain decisions made by subordinate commanders in enforcing the UCMJ to ensure compliance with the manual. But then, you won't have any shipboard duties since the admiral will keep you plenty busy!
If you have specific questions about life in the navy, JAG or not, let me know. Since I'm retiring from the navy and becoming a 1L in 3 weeks, I can only give you what I know about JAG life from the outside looking in and from friends. But I can certainly answer whatever big-Navy questions you have! (But the movers come in 3 days, so I may not get to it right away!)