Judge Advocate General 

In 1775, General George Washington established the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General (JAG Officer), making it the oldest law firm in the United States. Today there are over 900 JAG officers in the Guard who not only protect our rights and laws, but also advise and defend our Soldiers. National Guard Judge Advocates train and prepare for missions in the same manner as their Active Duty counterparts.

soldiers first, lawyers always

JAG Corps officers investigate, prosecute and defend those charged with crimes in the military, provide legal advice for Soldiers and work with international contracts. As an officer in the JAG Corps and a practicing attorney or judge, your responsibilities will cover a wide range of practices including military law, criminal prosecution, international law and legal assistance, both in the U.S. and abroad. The JAG Corps deals in all the same areas of law as civilian practices, making the transition to a civilian legal career effortless. You will be able to have varied and developmental practice opportunities during your JAG career:

  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Assistance
  • Civil Litigation
  • Administrative Law
  • Labor Law
  • International Law
  • Operational Law
  • Medical Law
  • Contract Law

JAG Eligibility Requirements

In order to become a JAG officer, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be physically and mentally fit
  • Be of good moral standing and character
  • Demonstrate leadership potential and a record of proven scholastic ability
  • Meet security clearance requirements
  • Be a U.S. citizen (dual citizenship is not allowed)
  • Hold a JD from an ABA-accredited law school
  • At the time of entry into service, be admitted to the bar of the highest court of any State, Commonwealth, or Territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia
  • Be under the age of 33 at the time of entry into the JAG Corps.  Years of prior commissioned military service will increase the age limit.  Waivers for those exceeding age limitations are considered in meritorious cases.

More Information

For more information about JAG opportunities in the New Jersey Army National Guard please contact our JAG Recruiter or visit the Army JAG Corps website.

JAG Corps

On July 29, 1775, General George Washington insisted that the Continental Congress appoint a lawyer to help with the many courts-martial being conducted. Colonel William Tudor is appointed as the first U.S. Army Judge Advocate General.

  • Just a reminder that our application is now available on our website.  Please note, our application deadline has changed to 1 October.  We look forward to receiving your applications and as always, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (866) ARMY-JAG (866-276-9524) or usarmy.pentagon.hqda-otjag.mbx.jaro@mail.mil.
  • Throw back to February 2019 when CPT Smothers and COL Burgess, Staff Judge Advocate for the Fort Leonard Wood OSJA, conducted an outreach engagement with the Stonehenge Battalion from Missouri S&T.  They spoke spoke with cadets about the Educational Delay program and shared information about the JAGC.  #goarmyjag
  • Great JAG panel yesterday for the FBA Summer Law Clerk Program held at the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces! Attendees got the chance to hear from Chief Judge Stucky, as well as a panel of judge advocates from all five services. If you missed it and want to know more about the US Army JAG Corps, call 866-ARMY-JAG!
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  • Last week, CPT Hope Revelle attended the Ready to Rise Law and Leadership Academy at the University of Houston, Law Center to participate in a panel discussion on "What Can You Do With a Law Degree?" This program provided middle-school-aged girls the opportunity to learn about and interact with women attorneys, allowing them to envision themselves as future members of the legal profession advocating for clients, serving as members of the judiciary, running for political office, or launching innovative businesses.  CPT Revelle talked to the girls about the JAG Corps and the benefits of a professional career. #goarmyjag
  • We had a great time talking with students at the Federal Bar Association Summer Law Clerk Program Kickoff Event! The Army JAG Corps is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of the SLCP. Join us on July 10th for a Judge Advocate panel at the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces where all branches of the military will be represented.
  • LTC Bill Stephens continues to lead the charge on ROTC outreach, conducting a 2-day session with the UC Santa Barbara “Surfriders Battalion.” The first day consisted of educating the cadets on the Educational Delay and Funded Legal Education Programs and the roles and responsibilities of a Judge Advocate. The second day involved instruction on the UCMJ, updates to the military justice process, and Pre-Command Course materials. The audience also included an incoming Fort Stewart summer intern. Truly a fantastic visit! #goarmyjag #surfriderbattalion #jagcorps