CJLaw09 wrote:Now that the deadline has passed, does anyone want to share their motivational statement? There aren’t any examples from JAG applicants online. It was probably the part of the application I spent the most time on. So, posting ours could really help future applicants. I’ll start:
My civilian life revolves around being part of a team. As a father, a youth sports coach, and an avid community volunteer, the fortunes of young men and women depend on my ability to motivate, prepare, and teach them how to succeed. For me, accomplishing a shared goal with a group of people I care deeply for is far more gratifying than any victory I could enjoy as an individual.
The United States Navy is the nation’s foremost team. Built on the foundation that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, sailors and naval officers are trained to perform selfless acts in furtherance of one common goal—the preservation of freedom. It is a tradition I have longed to be a part of since I stowed away my Army fatigues fifteen years ago. Unfortunately, it is also one that has eluded me in my legal career to date.
I graduated from law school at a time when large firms and government agencies were slashing their respective workforces. Unable to feed my young family without a stable income, I was forced to hang a shingle and teach myself the finer points of lawyering without any partners, supervisors, or mentors to lean on. Nearly nine years later, I am proud to have served over 500 clients in a variety of legal disciplines. However, I’ve gone as far I can alone.
The Navy will renew my purpose as a lawyer. Working cohesively as a unit with JAG staff, I am excited with the prospect of protecting the rights of the warriors who defend our country, supporting our sailors and their families with crucial legal services, and providing command with timely, consistent, and sound advice, so they may continue to keep the homeland secure within the boundaries of the law.
Moreover, I hope to be afforded the privilege and opportunity to pass on my knowledge and skill set to a new generation of Navy Judge Advocates; mentoring them through their introduction to our esteemed profession and molding their abilities into fine-tuned tools of tradecraft. I will be honored to do for others what was never offered to me.
I am seeking a direct appointment as a U.S. Navy JAG Corp Officer because I want to utilize my unique gifts and life experiences to make a contribution to a team I can be proud of and for a mission greater than myself.
Well done with exactly 400 words -- Not sure I am ready, just yet to share mine given what an easy identifier it is. But, I think that's an exceptional statement, for what my opinion is worth. There are things you touched on in there that are unique experiences,no doubt, and some structure you implemented that I will definitely use should I end up reapplying and writing another statement in the future. I think I will consider sharing mine. But not sure exactly when yet, or what elements of it I will share yet.
I need to find a hobby - some way to make most of Feb. and all of March go by a little faster without Navy JAG on the brain. haha