Anonymous User wrote:Are there ANY tangible benefits in going in as a Reserve JAG? By this I mean, anything practical like employment, networking, etc. (basically something that helps further my career somewhere down the road) and nothing like "privilege to serve my country."
Sure. State and federal civilian hiring typically gives "veteran's preference" which is a big boost. You typically get this after (I think) 30 consecutive days of service not including training, or 60 non-consecutive days of service. You can also get free food on veteran's day at some places, and can cut in line to get on airplanes...?
Personally, if all you're doing it for is the employment and networking options, I think your time will probably be better spent doing something else.
I feel like we just had a post in a similar vein a few pages back.
If you are looking for a pep talk to sell you on reserve service exclusively in respect to what will materially benefit you, this is probably not the place. I agree with twenty - if your starting point is "what is in it for me?", you're gonna have a bad time.
Also, just a word of caution to everyone else in respect to veteran's preference in the Federal arena - almost all Federal attorney jobs (the 0905 classification) are excepted service. Excepted service positions do not get the 5/10 points the way competitive service positions do. Veteran's status is looked upon favorably for excepted service and is something to be "considered" but it is nothing like the insane perks that come for competitive service applicants (generally lower GS level jobs). One main exception to this are Administrative Law Judge jobs, which are, inexplicably, competitive service but you need at least 7 years of trial work to be eligible for those.
I will note that for any law students on here with prior service, the DOJ SLIP positions are incredibly favorable to veterans. You can PM me if you want more information.