Mroberts3 wrote:Thanks to all those JAGs/people applying for all the info. I've learned a lot about the program and the application process.
One thing I haven't seen much of (or forgot in the process of reading all 30 pages) is what your day to day life is like as an Air Force officer. Is there a "normal" day? Maybe just walk us through the major points of your last week...
How much personal freedom are you allowed during they? Do you have something they are making you do all day, or is it relatively 9-5 with free time after work. I don't ask this because I expect being in the military to be a 9-5 job, but I have a hard time conceiving what a given day is like for a JAG.
Side point, are you allowed to have a dog live with you? (I would assume not in the barracks, but I think someone said officers live in private housing/off base).
Days tend to follow general patterns but no day for me is ever the same. My typical week is 0730-1730. I PT M/W/F in the mornings so I am not actually in the office until 0900. I only come in on the weekends when I have a court martial coming up. I do 2-4 hours of legal assistance each week which can vary from wills to landlord tenant issues to divorce to who knows what. Sometimes my week involve lots of little projects, maybe 5-6 one hour tasks in a single day. Other times I will spend the vast majority of a week on a single issue.
Then there are plenty of the fires that come out of no where that need to be put out. Shirts and Commanders call out of the blue needing answers yesterday. I also am usually working 1-3 courts at any given time. Most of that is interviewing witnesses, working with OSI, and working with my leadership on how the case is going to proceed.
My experiences at my base differ quite a bit compared to my friends at other bases. My legal office is comparatively large, so we have each JAG handling one or two sections: Claims, Admin Law, Environmental Law, Aviation/Operations Law, etc. Smaller offices that only have 4 Assistant Staff Judge Advocates might have a single JAG wearing five or six different hats. Some bases are a very high court martial tempo, others might only see 2-3 courts in a single year.
I think a dog is a bad idea unless you are living with a significant other. You will be constantly going TDY at the AF and Army JAG Schools for training. Deployments are also an ever increasing reality for us. As a single male, I would have had a very difficult time caring for a dog.
Air Force Officers do live off base once OTS and JASOC are completed. Our lives are very normal once you get over wearing an ABU to work. We also do not have Barracks - those are the province of the Army and Marine Corps. The Air Force has Dorms.