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Re: Military Law

Postby MarkfromWI » Tue May 03, 2016 10:30 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:I guess you can say we are all just a little excited. Can you blame us really though? Haha it's kind of a huge deal


Yea, this kind of determines the direction of our entire career. 19 years of schooling. We have been working towards it for awhile. I would think it would be pretty understandable to be excited.


Doesn't make Bateman's quote any less true:
Patrick Bateman wrote: You all need to stop getting so spun up and speculating. Reading these recent posts is tantamount to the blind leading the blind. I understand that the communication coming JAX leaves something to be improved but debating conjecture is not going to help.

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Re: Military Law

Postby cubbies44 » Wed May 04, 2016 7:25 am

I know some of you have said you are in Air Force JAG now and I don't know if you are involved on the recruitment side or anything but I think it would be easier if there was an area on application page that would update. Like say pending once you have submitted and then once decisions are made, say selected or not selected. That way there's no problem with people not getting an email or not receiving the letter. Probably would cut down on all the phone calls asking questions and all the confusion on here. Good luck to everyone

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Re: Military Law

Postby Anonymous User » Wed May 04, 2016 9:34 pm

MarkfromWI wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I guess you can say we are all just a little excited. Can you blame us really though? Haha it's kind of a huge deal


Yea, this kind of determines the direction of our entire career. 19 years of schooling. We have been working towards it for awhile. I would think it would be pretty understandable to be excited.


Doesn't make Bateman's quote any less true:
Patrick Bateman wrote: You all need to stop getting so spun up and speculating. Reading these recent posts is tantamount to the blind leading the blind. I understand that the communication coming JAX leaves something to be improved but debating conjecture is not going to help.


We would just like accurate information. Because we have all been told different things

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Re: Military Law

Postby Anonymous User » Thu May 05, 2016 9:47 pm

I'd just like to caveat and piggy back off of Bateman's comments. This rampant speculation amounts to RUMINT, and it is this kind of gossiping that turns bad information and hearsay into gospel. Got it, you're excited, you should be. But just sit tight; if aim to make the military a career, you better get used to this kind of inaction.

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Re: Military Law

Postby cubbies44 » Sat May 07, 2016 2:59 pm

Received the letter today, was not accepted. Looks like I will be going forward with Navy. Good luck to everyone!

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Re: Military Law

Postby Anonymous User » Mon May 09, 2016 2:52 pm

@cubbies44 Did you regain access to the Air Force JAG application page?

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Re: Military Law

Postby Anonymous User » Mon May 09, 2016 9:09 pm

Anonymous User wrote:@cubbies44 Did you regain access to the Air Force JAG application page?


I don't know, I haven't looked. My letter said it would open back up this summer so I thought I had to wait until then if I wanted to reapply.

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Re: Military Law

Postby cubbies44 » Mon May 09, 2016 9:34 pm

Also, I don't know why that says anonymous. It's from me

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Re: Military Law

Postby bsktbll28082 » Tue May 10, 2016 8:54 am

Army JAG public page is back up and accessible to all.

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Re: Military Law

Postby hennenr » Tue May 10, 2016 9:48 am

I have not received my letter yet but I also still have access to the Air Force JAG page. Let my speculation begin.

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Re: Military Law

Postby twenty » Tue May 10, 2016 3:35 pm

What do/did people wear for their summer internships? Full suit and tie, or business casual?

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Re: Military Law

Postby bsktbll28082 » Tue May 10, 2016 7:20 pm

twenty wrote:What do/did people wear for their summer internships? Full suit and tie, or business casual?


I wore full suit for first couple days and then got more casual. Unless some higher up was visiting or we were touring a place. Seems weird to be in a full suit everyday when the others are in ACUs.

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Re: Military Law

Postby MarkfromWI » Wed May 11, 2016 10:08 am

twenty wrote:What do/did people wear for their summer internships? Full suit and tie, or business casual?


I wore a suit on the first day but after that it was just trousers and a shirt (no tie) unless something special was happening that called for a full suit.

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Re: Military Law

Postby Patrick Bateman » Thu May 12, 2016 1:23 pm

MarkfromWI wrote:
twenty wrote:What do/did people wear for their summer internships? Full suit and tie, or business casual?


I wore a suit on the first day but after that it was just trousers and a shirt (no tie) unless something special was happening that called for a full suit.


My best advice is to suit up for the first few days and assess what the office is like. The military is obsessed with dress and appearance and sometimes the clothes can go a long way in shaping that subconscious assessment of you. Base legal offices may be more relaxed but when we had interns at my HQ office in DC, a button up and tie was standard and the intern would usually keep a jacket in his/her office - after all, the two-star was only a few hundred feet down the hall. That was my standard when I was a base legal office intern as well.

I'll caveat that with also fitting in with the office - if the boss tells you to dress down or it seems appropriate, go along with it. Be smart, read your audience, and mind yourself at all times - being a successful intern is not tricky.

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Re: Military Law

Postby MarkfromWI » Fri May 13, 2016 8:21 am

Patrick Bateman wrote:
MarkfromWI wrote:
twenty wrote:What do/did people wear for their summer internships? Full suit and tie, or business casual?


I wore a suit on the first day but after that it was just trousers and a shirt (no tie) unless something special was happening that called for a full suit.


My best advice is to suit up for the first few days and assess what the office is like. The military is obsessed with dress and appearance and sometimes the clothes can go a long way in shaping that subconscious assessment of you. Base legal offices may be more relaxed but when we had interns at my HQ office in DC, a button up and tie was standard and the intern would usually keep a jacket in his/her office - after all, the two-star was only a few hundred feet down the hall. That was my standard when I was a base legal office intern as well.

I'll caveat that with also fitting in with the office - if the boss tells you to dress down or it seems appropriate, go along with it. Be smart, read your audience, and mind yourself at all times - being a successful intern is not tricky.


Getting quoted by Bateman - I feel like I've finally "arrived."

But in all seriousness, I agree that it is definitely situation-dependent. I showed up in a suit day one to the legal assistance office and the office's supervising attorney chuckled at me and asked why I was wearing a full suit and then told me it was way more than I needed. I also was nowhere near DC and knew the two-star wasn't ever going to be stopping by my cubicle for a chat. Err on the side of over dressed for a few days and get a feel for the office and adjust from there.

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Re: Military Law

Postby Anonymous User » Tue May 17, 2016 1:23 pm

If you are temporarily disqualified from MEPS, but was allowed to finish the exam completely, do you have to go back through all of MEPS again? Or do you just have to go back and show the thing is no longer an issue and you've waited the appropriate time?

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Re: Military Law

Postby akjim101 » Wed May 18, 2016 3:17 pm

Anonymous User wrote:If you are temporarily disqualified from MEPS, but was allowed to finish the exam completely, do you have to go back through all of MEPS again? Or do you just have to go back and show the thing is no longer an issue and you've waited the appropriate time?


In my experience, when I was trying to be a pilot with the Navy, you only have to go back for the parts that are an issue. You do not have to go back and redo the entire process as long as it's within 90 days. However, I have been told that each MEPS station is slightly different so what you might experience could be different.

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Re: Military Law

Postby Anonymous User » Wed May 18, 2016 7:17 pm

akjim101 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:If you are temporarily disqualified from MEPS, but was allowed to finish the exam completely, do you have to go back through all of MEPS again? Or do you just have to go back and show the thing is no longer an issue and you've waited the appropriate time?


In my experience, when I was trying to be a pilot with the Navy, you only have to go back for the parts that are an issue. You do not have to go back and redo the entire process as long as it's within 90 days. However, I have been told that each MEPS station is slightly different so what you might experience could be different.


Okay thank you. I'm applying for a waiver but from what I've read, waivers seem to be rare. Still praying I can get the waiver though.

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Re: Military Law

Postby Anonymous User » Tue May 24, 2016 10:59 pm

bsktbll28082 wrote:
twenty wrote:What do/did people wear for their summer internships? Full suit and tie, or business casual?


I wore full suit for first couple days and then got more casual. Unless some higher up was visiting or we were touring a place. Seems weird to be in a full suit everyday when the others are in ACUs.


It does but if that bothers you, know that if they could be out of uniform, they'd be suited up too. Definitely err on the side of more formal-- at least to start out. It's what they expect of civilians.
They won't hold that against you while they would hold it against you if you're too casual.
(And the most casual dressers I saw on the military base I was at were always undergrad level interns.)

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Re: Military Law

Postby cubbies44 » Thu May 26, 2016 6:55 pm

Anyone know how long the background check takes? I've heard numbers varying from 1 month to 9 months. Those numbers are very different so just wanting to know how long it takes on average.

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Re: Military Law

Postby kaysta » Fri May 27, 2016 1:55 pm

It varies wildly. One month is insanely optimistic. It can take several years, if you're really unlucky. Did you already submit your SF-86? You can expedite things by filling it out meticulously. But every "yes" answer will add several months to the investigation. Secret moves a lot faster than TS/SCI. And unofficially, if they really want you they're gonna move faster on your application. From what I've seen, military clearance moves faster than the 3 letter agencies, though.

Disclaimer: Not JAG, my impressions are based on other military experience

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Re: Military Law

Postby Patrick Bateman » Fri May 27, 2016 2:08 pm

cubbies44 wrote:Anyone know how long the background check takes? I've heard numbers varying from 1 month to 9 months. Those numbers are very different so just wanting to know how long it takes on average.


Kaysta is correct.

It also depends on why you are wondering. If it is in respect to your start date, typically you will start before your clearance gets final AFCAF (or whatever service) adjudication. I left for COT/JASOC in Jan 09 but did not have my secret adjudicated until April/May that year. I deployed with an interim TS before my TS/SCI went through. Same experience when I moved over to BigFed.

Unless you have red flags, a secret will go through relatively quickly as it is usually just a paper review (NCIC, credit, etc) - there are no interviews. TS/SCI can take forever due to the number of interviews that are conducted.

While I am sure there can be exceptions, the only issue I can imagine where the timing presents an adverse issue is if you were going to a TS/SCI billet in which you had to be read in right away but only had an interim TS.

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Re: Military Law

Postby cubbies44 » Fri May 27, 2016 3:20 pm

I am just looking for ballpark time frame for when I would commission. I won't have any problems with background check. I just had one with an internship the summer after 1L year.
Also, read that when you go to ODS you have to purchase uniforms and they cost between $2,000-$3,000. A. Is that an accurate number because that's kind of a lot for someone who just graduated. And B. How am I supposed to pay for it? Like do they have some type of credit line that we take out and then make monthly payments or something like that?

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Re: Military Law

Postby Patrick Bateman » Fri May 27, 2016 3:30 pm

cubbies44 wrote:I am just looking for ballpark time frame for when I would commission. I won't have any problems with background check. I just had one with an internship the summer after 1L year.
Also, read that when you go to ODS you have to purchase uniforms and they cost between $2,000-$3,000. A. Is that an accurate number because that's kind of a lot for someone who just graduated. And B. How am I supposed to pay for it? Like do they have some type of credit line that we take out and then make monthly payments or something like that?


I know you have been posting of late but I have not kept up. From your use of ODS, I'm assuming you are Navy, so I cannot comment on their process. The Air Force experience: if you are recently graduated 3L that is taking the bar this summer, you will commission after you are sworn into the bar. Even if you are in a different situation, your security clearance will not be a LIMFAC for your commission date.

Uniforms (again, from the AF perspective): all out of pocket. You'll get a pittance on your first/second paycheck as your one time officer uniform allowance that does not even come close (it's like $350). The uniform cost is a huge amount of money and in my opinion, totally ridiculous for new officers. There is no payments program - you'll put it on a credit card and be expected to pay that off like any other expense. Start saving now.

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Re: Military Law

Postby cubbies44 » Fri May 27, 2016 3:54 pm

Patrick Bateman wrote:
cubbies44 wrote:I am just looking for ballpark time frame for when I would commission. I won't have any problems with background check. I just had one with an internship the summer after 1L year.
Also, read that when you go to ODS you have to purchase uniforms and they cost between $2,000-$3,000. A. Is that an accurate number because that's kind of a lot for someone who just graduated. And B. How am I supposed to pay for it? Like do they have some type of credit line that we take out and then make monthly payments or something like that?


I know you have been posting of late but I have not kept up. From your use of ODS, I'm assuming you are Navy, so I cannot comment on their process. The Air Force experience: if you are recently graduated 3L that is taking the bar this summer, you will commission after you are sworn into the bar. Even if you are in a different situation, your security clearance will not be a LIMFAC for your commission date.

Uniforms (again, from the AF perspective): all out of pocket. You'll get a pittance on your first/second paycheck as your one time officer uniform allowance that does not even come close (it's like $350). The uniform cost is a huge amount of money and in my opinion, totally ridiculous for new officers. There is no payments program - you'll put it on a credit card and be expected to pay that off like any other expense. Start saving now.


Yes, I am Navy but didn't know if people had information on here. Thank you for the info. Wow, that's a lot of money out of pocket. From what I've read, the Navy allows you to go through ODS before bar results so we commission as soon as possible. Then we go to NJS after results. I submitted all paperwork super early so I'm hoping to be ahead of the game.




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