JAG Dog wrote:Once again, I never said anything about trying to avoid deployment. I never said anything about wanting special treatment because I have a family. But if all JAGs take things out of context and fly off the handle when someone's opinion is not consistent with their own, maybe you're right and JAG is not for me.
Let me say that I feel humbled and, honestly, not worthy of the commission that I anticipate. But you have to have more faith in the selection process than to think that I somehow just pulled a fast one on the SJA who interviewed me and on the selection board, and that your interpretation of my comments provides a better indication of the kind of JAG I will be.
I have to admit, the fervor of some who have posted here makes me proud of what I'm going to be a part of. But we're (probably) not talking about putting ourselves in harm's way. We're talking about a legal assignment that some people want and others don't. This thread is replete with posts about how life on a particular base was hard, and how some kinds of assignments/practice areas are more interesting than others. What's so different about deployment? In the end, those folks willingly went to the presumably crappier base, and I would willingly go if deployed.
I don't understand some of this self righteous, allegedly selfless, rhetoric about how you NEED to deploy if you want to be a JAG attorney.
First off, as some other folks have mentioned, you WILL NOT be in imminent danger if you deploy as a JAG attorney. You probably have a better chance of being randomly killed in any major American city than you would behind the wire at a military installation overseas. If you were deploying as an 11b or responsible for training the ANA, that would be a different story.
Second, combat operations overseas are winding down rapidly. OIF is over and OEF will be done (or mostly done) by the time you get your commission. Simply put, you have a very limited risk of being deployed to a combat zone by the time you are commissioned.
If you want to deploy to Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar or something, that's great. If you'd rather tend to your family back home and work at your duty station, I see no problem with that. Granted, some awful war could blowup with North Korea or Iran, but I think the odds of that are very low.
I think this scenario would be different if you enlisted in Army or Marines combat arms and then expressed a hesitance to deploy to Afghanistan. In that case, you would be betraying your unit and the oath you took when you enlisted. But, in your case, you are seeking a JAG commission, so it is understandable you are hesitant to be deployed. Lastly, bear in mind that there are very few slots in general available for deployment these days, so there will guaranteed be more guys or gals willing to go than there are slots available.