TheSpanishMain wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Wow. The more I hear about JAG reserves, the more I feel like it's a dead-end job (ignoring the whole love of country, oorah, etc.), unless you're underemployed/unemployed, in which case you can volunteer for a ton of stuff and get good experience.
Still want to be an officer though. Should I just try for the Army Quartermaster Corps instead?
This is overstating it, I think. It's not a dead end job, but it's not intended to be your primary gig or means of career advancement. I did a lot of cool things as a reservist (not a JAG) but I was also a federal employee in my civilian life, so I had the flexibility to jump on cool opportunities as they arose. I went to some cool TDY courses, commanded a company in Iraq, and spent a year and a half on the staff of a major command. I had a lot of the same experiences someone who went straight active would have had. But again, I had the flexibility with my civilian gig to do that. I think wg6524 is right that it's possible to make it work with a private sector career, but it's definitely much harder. If you look at the bios of a lot of senior reserve officers, at least in the DC area, a ton of them work in the public sector in their civilian lives.
Also, just an aside, the Army Quartermaster Corps thought is kind of random. Why the QM Corps? Why did you go to law school if being a military officer is more important than being a lawyer? Why not just apply to the next JAG board? Just a thought.
I actually am thinking about applying next year as well. Is it easy to lateral transfer from reserves to active duty, or would I have a better shot at getting active duty if I reject my reserve commission and reapply as a civilian in the next cycle?