Military Law - Navy Jag Student Program

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S. Goodman
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Re: Military Law - Navy Jag Student Program

Postby S. Goodman » Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:08 pm

TheSpanishMain wrote:
jbrennanmac wrote:I know vision requirements seem unrelated to this thread, but I have had trouble finding any info on vision waivers for staff officers vs pilots, SEALS, etc. If anyone has any experience with medical waivers for vision, I'd love to hear it--I'd hate to invest time and hope in pursuing a JAG career only to be thwarted at the end for my eyesight. Thanks in advance for any advice anyone might have!


I believe (someone correct me if I'm wrong) the only differences in medical requirements as far as vision goes are between pilots and non-pilots. I don't believe JAGs have more leeway than, say, submariners. If you do some Googling, you should be able to find the Navy commissioning medical requirements.

I suspect what you're describing would be waivable, but you're smart to do some research before you invest a lot of time and energy in pursuing a JAG spot.


I have poor vision as well. Aside from reviewing the commissioning requirements, the only way to know for sure if you'll make it through is to try. I had to go to a civilian eye specialist after MEPS for a more in depth eye exam. It seems the ultimate reviewer certainly took into consideration that I'd be sitting at a desk for the majority of my career. I believe there is a common sense factor that will be taken into consideration.

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Re: Military Law - Navy Jag Student Program

Postby jbrennanmac » Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:49 pm

S. Goodman wrote:
TheSpanishMain wrote:
jbrennanmac wrote:I know vision requirements seem unrelated to this thread, but I have had trouble finding any info on vision waivers for staff officers vs pilots, SEALS, etc. If anyone has any experience with medical waivers for vision, I'd love to hear it--I'd hate to invest time and hope in pursuing a JAG career only to be thwarted at the end for my eyesight. Thanks in advance for any advice anyone might have!


I believe (someone correct me if I'm wrong) the only differences in medical requirements as far as vision goes are between pilots and non-pilots. I don't believe JAGs have more leeway than, say, submariners. If you do some Googling, you should be able to find the Navy commissioning medical requirements.

I suspect what you're describing would be waivable, but you're smart to do some research before you invest a lot of time and energy in pursuing a JAG spot.


I have poor vision as well. Aside from reviewing the commissioning requirements, the only way to know for sure if you'll make it through is to try. I had to go to a civilian eye specialist after MEPS for a more in depth eye exam. It seems the ultimate reviewer certainly took into consideration that I'd be sitting at a desk for the majority of my career. I believe there is a common sense factor that will be taken into consideration.


Wow, thanks to both of you for such quick responses! This is great to hear--obviously there are many, many steps to go but good to know it's still a possible option!I'm sure I'll be looking back to this forum in the future as more questions arise.

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Re: Military Law - Navy Jag Student Program

Postby baileymjd » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:30 pm

Has anyone from the Spring 2017 selection board been commissioned yet? Or where are you guys in the process?

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Re: Military Law - Navy Jag Student Program

Postby Husky09 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:30 pm

Student loan repayment - unsolicited advice

SCRA - Servicemembers Civil Relief Act; you can take advantage of this benefit, you just have to send a copy of your orders to the institutions that hold your debt (bank/private loan, credit card company, FedLoan Servicing). One of the benefits is that SCRA caps your interest rate at 6% while you're active duty: https://scra.dmdc.osd.mil

FedLoan Servicing currently has a serious backlog of Income Driven Repayment (IDR) requests - and you need to be in an IDR loan repayment plan in order to take advantage of Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). Backlog like - they usually process requests in 30 days, and right now they still haven't processed requests received 80+ days ago. A supervisor said IDR exploded in popularity this spring plus their online application crashed recently and they haven't yet caught up - they're really nice if you call, but you need to be persistent (and keep track of who you talk to/customer agent # and when - it helps when you have to call for the 11th time and repeat everything that has already happened but you can recite dates/names/numbers).

Send in your application ASAP for IDR if you're planning to.. and then you can also call the FedLoan Servicing Military Line (you'll get directed there immediately once they tag you as military) and ask them to expedite your application.

Good luck!

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Re: Military Law - Navy Jag Student Program

Postby Voynich » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:14 am

baileymjd wrote:Has anyone from the Spring 2017 selection board been commissioned yet? Or where are you guys in the process?


I am a Fall 2016 selection and just got commissioned three weeks ago. 4 to 7 months from selection to commissioning is not an uncommon timeline, unfortunately. I leave for ODS this Saturday though!

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Re: Military Law - Navy Jag Student Program

Postby Voynich » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:17 am

For those who have been to ODS, what day do you recommend reporting? The ODS website say lodging is available after 1600 on Friday (which seems way too early), so should I show up on Saturday afternoon and have some time to unpack and relax or on Sunday morning right before everything starts?

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Re: Military Law - Navy Jag Student Program

Postby TheSpanishMain » Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:44 am

Voynich wrote:For those who have been to ODS, what day do you recommend reporting? The ODS website say lodging is available after 1600 on Friday (which seems way too early), so should I show up on Saturday afternoon and have some time to unpack and relax or on Sunday morning right before everything starts?


I haven't been yet (going in October) but I'm told that late Saturday/early Sunday is the way to go. You really don't need much time to hang your stuff up and familiarize yourself. Once you've done that, you're just going to be sitting in a depressing barracks room staring at the wall if you show up too early.

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Re: Military Law - Navy Jag Student Program

Postby Voynich » Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:26 pm

TheSpanishMain wrote:
Voynich wrote:For those who have been to ODS, what day do you recommend reporting? The ODS website say lodging is available after 1600 on Friday (which seems way too early), so should I show up on Saturday afternoon and have some time to unpack and relax or on Sunday morning right before everything starts?


I haven't been yet (going in October) but I'm told that late Saturday/early Sunday is the way to go. You really don't need much time to hang your stuff up and familiarize yourself. Once you've done that, you're just going to be sitting in a depressing barracks room staring at the wall if you show up too early.


That is pretty much what I figured; I spent a lot of time staring at depressing barracks room walls when I was enlisted. It is always weird to show up early and have nothing to do.

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Re: Military Law - Navy Jag Student Program

Postby Stubbazubba » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:19 pm

Has anyone heard whether they still require us to buy NWU Type I's in ODS, or are they switching to Type III's? I know they're switching to Type III's in 2018, so it doesn't make sense to have us buy a Type I in ODS just to never wear it by the time we start, but, y'know, military. Has anyone heard? What did they require of the folks in last ODS?

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Re: Military Law - Navy Jag Student Program

Postby Stubbazubba » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:24 pm

baileymjd wrote:Has anyone from the Spring 2017 selection board been commissioned yet? Or where are you guys in the process?


I was selected in December for the Fall board and commissioned in May. Just another data point.

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Re: Military Law - Navy Jag Student Program

Postby Ramrezyeh » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:54 am

Dental Visit
- Can anyone who went to ODS, is going to ODS tell me if I need to get a checkup with my dentist, or if I can just go grab my most recent dental records?

Much obliged.

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Re: Military Law - Navy Jag Student Program

Postby rockosmodernlife » Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:57 am

baileymjd wrote:Has anyone from the Spring 2017 selection board been commissioned yet? Or where are you guys in the process?



I'm just finishing up the medical portion and after that things should move quickly. Where are you in the process?

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Re: Military Law - Navy Jag Student Program

Postby TheSpanishMain » Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:12 am

Stubbazubba wrote:
baileymjd wrote:Has anyone from the Spring 2017 selection board been commissioned yet? Or where are you guys in the process?


I was selected in December for the Fall board and commissioned in May. Just another data point.


Wondering this myself. Anyone get orders for October ODS yet?

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Re: Military Law - Navy Jag Student Program

Postby Stubbazubba » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:52 pm

Those who have gone to ODS, can you use a debit/credit card to buy food or do they only take cash?

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Re: Military Law - Navy Jag Student Program

Postby TheSpanishMain » Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:21 pm

Any ods orders yet?

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Re: Military Law - Navy Jag Student Program

Postby hkh2220 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:48 pm

I've been accepted into the Navy and Army JAG and wrapping up my documents for both (still undecided).

My long-term goals are to (1) be overseas (2) be in the courtroom (3) to eventually transition into a State Dept/DOJ Overseas Attache (ideally).

Can anyone give me some insight? I've talked to ex-JAGs of both services, but I get kind of wishy-washy answers. My main concern is Navy's two-year rotation where it's taken slowly (maybe that's good). I haven't read anything like that for the Army (possible and probable). Anyway, if there's any anecdotal advice anyone can provide, it'd be much appreciated. I'm leaning Army right now for no real articulable reason.




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