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More ways to serve for those in the reserve
You’re dedicated to serving your country. And we’re dedicated to giving you possibilities to enrich your career, even if you already have a good one. There are a number of ways you can become a JAG, even part time, through our exclusive programs for the men and women in the Reserves and Guard.
Even for active duty military, the JAG application process is competitive, rigorous and highly selective. We evaluate each candidate using the “whole person” concept, which means we look at academic performance, extracurricular activities, community service, prior military record, work and leadership experience. We also conduct interviews with every candidate to discuss your potential in person.
Part-time jag positions for experienced attorneys
Keep your civilian job while serving as a JAG part time. In addition to full-time active duty Judge Advocates, the Air Reserve Component, which includes the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserves, also offers a part-time program for lawyers and paralegals. By design, this program is flexible enough to work with most civilian schedules, so you can serve your country while enhancing your current career.Qualifications How to apply
Service in the Air Reserve Component is not for entry-level attorneys with no prior military experience; our program seeks licensed attorneys who are very experienced.
For more information about service in the Air Reserve Component, please visit http://jagrecruiting.law.af.mil, call (866) 213-0497 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a law student in your second year of law school, you are eligible to apply.
- Must be attending an ABA-approved law school that either offers an AFROTC program (a “host” school) or allows you to take AFROTC courses at a nearby school (a “crosstown” school). A list of host and crosstown schools can be found here [LINK].
- Be in good academic standing
- Meet AFROTC entry standards, such as U.S. citizenship, Air Force Officer Qualification Test minimum scores and AFROTC weight and medical standards
- Must be under age 35 at the time of commissioning
If selected, you will attend an AFROTC field training encampment at an Air Force base during the summer before your third year of law school. You will complete your normal academic requirements for the AFROTC program while attending your third year of law school.
Commissioning and service commitment
Upon completion of AFROTC program and graduation from law school, you will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in inactive status. After completing legal licensing requirements, you will enter active duty as a first lieutenant shortly thereafter. The initial active duty commitment is four years from the date of entry on active duty.
How to apply
A selection board is held in February of each year. Applications are accepted through our online application processing system. You must submit all application materials online on or before the 10th of the month (i.e., January 10) prior to the board meeting. In addition, you must schedule a hiring interview with a Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) at any Air Force Base (AFB) through the online application processing system. You will be able to schedule an interview AFTER you submit your materials online. The interview must be completed on or before the first of the month (i.e., February 1) of the board meeting. SJA interviews fill up quickly, so you should apply as early as possible.
After the interview, the SJA will prepare a report that is forwarded, along with your application materials, to HQ USAF/JAX. Please do not mail application materials directly to HQ USAF/JAX. If you need to add materials to your application after submission, contact the SJA who conducted your interview to assist you. Additional materials will not be accepted after the first of the month that the board meets.
As part of this program, you must interview with your local AFROTC detachment (where the applicant plans to receive training) during the first semester of the second year of law school. You must ensure your preferred detachment is willing to enroll you as a cadet if the Judge Advocate General selects you for the Graduate Law Program. In your application, you must upload a letter from AFROTC detachment indicating that you’ve met with the detachment personnel in preparation for applying to the JAG board. Download a template of the required letter.
Schedule Your SJA Interview
To schedule an appointment for a hiring interview, please use the online application processing system to contact the SJA at the AFB near you. Once the request is submitted, the SJA or the SJA’s representative should contact you to schedule an interview. Please note that it can take up to 48 hours for the SJA to receive your application in the system. You can find a map of all AFB locations here:Base locations
Recommendation letters should be written by someone who can attest to your work ethic, duty performance, leadership potential, etc. Address all letters to “Selection Board Members.” Do not mail recommendation letters directly to the selection board. Rather, upload them as part of your online application.Begin online application