Got a few quick questions for Air Force jag.
First, a little background I applied and was interviewed during my 3 l year in law school. Wasn't offered a commission. When I got that, I decided to settle into some safe jobs - worked for a small private civil firm for a year doing mostly real estate/property disputes/family law/oil and gas work. I left that job after a year and moved to my states Capitol to work for the public defenders and handled juvenile defense in our office. I then moved to the D.A. Office and have been here for about a year and a half. I handle felony matters, mostly preliminary hearings and get some circuit court cases here and there (it takes years to get assigned to one of our circuit court judges and handle all felonies that that particular judge hears.)
So, I do have a few questions because I'm going to give it another go, because I really want this, and I've never stopped thinking about it. I kept telling myself that trying to uproot my family again for another job is just more trouble than it's worth. I'm married, have a 4 month old son, own a house, and have a great job, but I can't kick this jag thing.
1. Would my work history hurt or help me? I ask because I'm afraid that the fact that I've held 3 jobs in 3 years (all because of moves I chose to do and were upward moves in my opinion) may show a lack of commitment. However, I have experienced a ton of different areas from civil issues, to criminal defense, to prosecution.
2. My statement of motivation: having a hard time deciding on the route I should take here. Should I focus on my work experience, my physical fitness (I was out of shape when I initially applied, I am now an avid runner, and run marathons, half marathons /etc, and have never been healthier/in better shape than o currently am - even from back in my high school and college football days) And discuss the motivation and dedication it takes to train and complete marathons, and compare that to the motivation and dedication I would have in being a uniformed officer. Or should I try to focus on combining the two?
3. Letters of recommendation: I have a real problem here. I know several people who would write great letters for me, but I also do t want my boss to catch wind of this just yet, because I really do love my job and I don't want the chance of it getting out I'm applying elsewhere, thus indicating I'm possibly not committed to my current job. I can ask my former boss from the civil firm, but that's about the only person who can talk about my work ethic that I would feel comfortable asking and it not getting to my boss. I don't want to reach out to professors again because I don't know how helpful a letter from
Someone I haven't really had any contact with in 3 + years can help. how important are they to begin with? I had several professors write letters for me the first time and they were glowing endorsements and I still didn't get it. Im leaning toward just not doing the letters at all. Thoughts on that?
Sorry for the long post. I just can't get rid of this desire to do jag. And it's obviously not for money because I'd be taking a decent pay cut to go in as an 0-2, but it's something that I'll always question if I don't keep trying.