State Partnership Program

Republic of Albania

New Jersey Army National Guard Soldiers regularly conduct military exchange training with their Albanian counterparts. Check out some of the training on Facebook.


Soldiers First, Lawyers Always

Job training for a Paralegal Specialist requires ten weeks of Basic Combat Training (BCT), where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) and on-the-job instruction. Some of the skills you'll learn are: legal terminology and research techniques, how to prepare legal documents, summarize transcription of legal actions, and interviewing witnesses.

In the civilian world, Legal Specialists may be referred to as legal assistants, clerks, paralegal assistants and court clerks or recorders. Civilian legal specialists can work for private law firms, banks, insurance companies, government agencies and local, state and federal courts.

Military Occupational Specialties

27D Paralegal Specialist
Paralegal Specialists assist judges, lawyers and unit commanders with legal matters and judicial work. They provide legal and administrative support in such diverse areas as international law, contract law, defense legal services and judicial legal services. A Paralegal Specialist is involved in research, processing legal claims and appeals, and preparing records of hearings, investigations and court martials.

Origins of the Judge Advocate Generals Corps

In 1775, only a few days after assuming duties as commander-in-chief of the new army, George Washington insisted that the Continental Congress appoint a lawyer to help with the many courts-martial being conducted. Congress acceded, and a "judge advocate," William Tudor, joined Washington's staff. This appointment of Tudor heralded the birth of a corps of lawyers and legal specialists that is today known as The Judge Advocate General's Corps. By 1776, this Army lawyer, known as the "Judge Advocate General," was personally conducting trials before courts-martial and other military tribunals. He acted not only as prosecutor, but also as legal adviser to the court and as "friend" of the accused.

While Washington wanted a judge advocate to oversee the administration of military justice, his concerns also reflected the larger debate about justice and legal authority that was fueling the American Revolution. The new Nation envisioned by the Founding Fathers was a bold social and political experiment: the 'Rule of Law' would replace the 'Divine Right of Kings.' This Rule of Law was grounded in respect: government would respect individual rights and freedoms, and in return, individuals would respect the government's obligation to regulate and enforce standards of behavior. It is the Rule of Law, in both civilian life and in the military, that ensures Order, Justice, and Equality.

In any event, since the Revolution, the American Army has had its own lawyers - who assist commanders in enforcing Army standards and reinforcing Army values. Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage thrive when soldiers know that they will be treated equally, and that rules and regulations apply to all, regardless of rank or assignment. And judge advocates have always played a critical role in ensuring that these standards and values are obeyed.

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