Anonymous User wrote:Yes, you would be told your duty station, and then you can accept that and commission or go on your merry way.
Thanks! Does anyone have any knowledge of how this works for Navy/Army?
Anonymous User wrote:-Is it still the case that the AF tells you your duty station before you commission? I assume neither Army nor Navy are that way?
Recently, accepted USN SP here. Technically commissioned, but awaiting detailing.
So, for SP (student program) I was accepted in December, commissioned last month (May) and I still don't know where I'm going for my first assignment. So I've signed my service agreement & been commissioned, but all I know is that likely the USN will send me to 1 of my 6 preferred duty locations.
As far as I know DA (direct applicants) undergo more-or-less the same order of events; eg. you won't know where you're going until you sign. Check out the DA Website (http://www.jag.navy.mil/careers_/career ... es_da.html)
Anonymous User wrote:-Is Navy still the best place to go if you're primarily interested (as I am) in military justice, getting a lot of courtroom time, and serving as a SAUSA?
I cannot answer this in full (yet).
But, I would just add that AR & AF JAs have the option to handle government contracting. I know several AF JAs who review gov't contracts or defend bid protests etc. I was exposed to it a bit during my AF internship 2L year.
USN JAs don't really do this, the OGC (Office of General Counsel) handles contracting for the USN. This is the civilian wing of the Navy's legal force. I made the mistake of referencing an interest in contracting as a JA in my USN interview, only to have my interviewing officers correct my mistake. USN JAs focus more on advocacy & legal assistance.
So USN JAs have one less area to handle there than their AR & AF counterparts. Take what you will from that.