How does the Air Force's JAG program compare to the Army and Navy's?
Are they as selective, salary,etc.?
Thanks for answering my questions. I like the idea of serving my country while being able to practice law and possibly see some of the world. Would be a fun experience as a young man.
From the law student's perspective, the biggest difference is probably that Air Force staffs the bulk of each JAG class from Direct Appointments (civilian 3Ls that interview, are given an automatic commission after graduation/bar passage). Navy only staffs a handful from DAs, the most come from the One Year College Program (or whatever they might call it) and essentially law school ROTC (GLP). In short, if you want Navy, 3L is not the time to make that decision.
Army and AF very much seem to be full service in terms of practice areas (military justice through labor law through Law of War) whereas Navy has contracted a lot of their areas outside of military justice out to civilians, so there may be less out there. I cannot be 100% on this however.
The Army JAG is much more into the "ooora" mentality lately, in which it's JAGs go through the full officers training alongside the ROTC, OCS, and West Point grads. As mentioned before, that might be appealing to some, those want to combine lawyer/solider. You can have the option to go to Jump School, Air Assault School, etc.
Navy and AF are the opposite. Keep in mind that the primary mission of the Army is Infantary, whereas the Navy focuses on surface warfare ships and the AF with its flying missions. There are the "soldiers" in the AF for example, the Special Ops (JTACs, Pararescue, etc) and the Security Forces, but they are the exception to the general rule. You do not stand out by not lugging around a M-16a2 in the AF or Navy, whereas you do in the Army.
It's not like one is better or worse than the other, just different in mentality and doctrine.
I do not know selection #s beyond that of the AF (as I posted above, 7%-11%). If I had to speculate, I would feel the Army is always hurting for numbers and might be the least selective at the moment. I'm sure Navy is as selective as the AF, but they fill their JAG billets differently (as mentioned above).
The salary is the same no matter what branch you go into. You are not paid as a Air Force Captain or a Navy Lt Junior Grade. For compensation you are simply an O-3, 0-2 respectively. Years in Service + Grade = Basic Pay.
A big concern for yall is duty location. Army and Air Force have a high chance of getting sent to some godawful base in the middle of nowhere (i have a good friend that was stuck in ND). Navy followed by Marines have best duty locations. You have a great chance of getting Hawaii, Jacksonville Florida, or San Diego(god's gift to single people everywhere). If you get a bad duty location you might get stuck in virginia beach. Poor you.
Marines you have about a 50 percent chance of swinging San Diego, but theres a 30 percent chance you get sent to Jacksonville, NC, which sucks pretty hard.
Also important is noting that BAH varies according to where you are. As an O-3, you'll get about 2k in San Diego per month just for food/housing allowances. If you are army and get sent to the middle of nowhere, expect about half of that.
BTW, please note that hoo-rah is USMC, hooyah is USN, hooah is USA. You'll get strange looks mixing those up.
Oh yeah, and in terms of Lay prestige other services >>> AF.