I read through this thread a while ago and remember that you hypothesized that base selection was related to when a candidate passed a bar exam. I think that you suggested that it might be advantageous for an applicant to take the bar in a state known for quick results. I was wondering if you have had any confirmation on this or if it is still just a theory?
The reason I ask is that I am very interested in JAG and am contemplating several schools, including Wisconsin and Marquette, where graduates are admitted to the Wisconsin bar upon graduation. So it would seem that graduates of these two schools would have a tremendous advantage in receiving a base assignment near the top of their list??
I'm not going to unearth my original quote but here is the deal:
The timing of your law license has an impact on your base assignment and OTS class assignment. Impacts can be both positive and negative. There are fantastic and miserable assignments in each class of JAGs that are assigned out. I happened to receive an outstanding assignment out of my class. I have friends that came in at the same time with even better bases and friends assigned at locales I would only wish on my worst enemy.
There are absolutely no advantages or disadvantages in terms of bases based on your law license return date. Do not, I repeat do not, select a law school with this anywhere on your mind. Assignments are a chaotic process which are constantly altered by people moving out, people retiring, people coming in, people changing assignments and stations, etc. One JAX officer walked us through what it meant for one senior JAG to retire - dozens of other assignments were impacted.
Also keep keep in mind that one man's trash is another's treasure. I'm a city boy that hopefully will never end up at FE Warren or Mountain Home. I know JAGs at my current assignment that would give anything for the chance to hunt and fish every weekend. Some assignments are in great locales but might lack the sort of work you are interested in. Terrible locations might offer the best professional opportunities. Every base offers a unique experience that will have its own pros and cons. There is not a single across the board perfect assignment.