rtb2008x wrote:General question about the JAG timeline:
If I just applied/interviewed for the current spring board with JAG, I know (assuming I'm accepted) I'll go through MEPS, and then officer training around August. At what point am I actually considered enlisted, and what date do I actually begin work? Is it in the Fall, or next Spring??
I'll answer for the Air Force, based on the timing of your question.
If you are not a member of a bar, you will have to get your bar exam results before you can start. So if you got picked up on this board, you would work through MEPs over late spring/early summer and then wait to get your bar exam results. Once you get the results, you will call JAX, and they'll work on getting you an assignment. They'll call back in a few days (maybe a week) with your assignment. If you do not accept it, you are done, and won't come into the Air Force.
If you do accept the assignment, then I think they squeeze the background check in around that time. They will also assign you a COT class date - there are several courses throughout the year, and they'll put you in the next one they can. I think you also have to swear into the bar before you can take the next step, which is taking your commissioning oath. And so a big difference - you will commission as an officer, but you will not enlist. The day you take your commissioning oath is an important date - you become and officer in the Air Force Reserve, and that date will be the date by which your pay is calculated. You will not get actually paid until you start COT, however.
From the time you take your oath until you go to COT, you won't really do anything other than some minor paperwork and maybe pick up an ID card and your uniforms. Once you arrive at COT, that will be your first day of active duty and the day you will start getting paid. You will go through 5 weeks of COT and then either stay at Maxwell for 9 weeks of JASOC or go back to your base for a couple of months first.
For most people that get picked up as 3Ls, they start COT during the January after they graduate from law school, roll straight into JASOC, and then head to their base. If you're in a state with early results or a bar privilege, you might be able to go to COT in late summer or fall.