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.

  • Call us at (866) 276-9524 or email us at usarmy.pentagon.hqda-otjag.mbx.jaro@mail.mil if you have questions! #GoArmyJAG
  • We had a fantastic time at the 2019 Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention! The US Army JAG Corps was strongly represented with Brigadier General R. Patrick Huston, Colonel Luis Rodriguez, Colonel Jaime Areizaga Soto, Captain Jason Otaño, Captain Loraima Morciglio, and Captain Manny Rodriguez. BG Huston spoke on legal innovations in artificial intelligence and COL Areizaga Soto discussed career paths in state and federal public policy. We also had the pleasure of enjoying the HNBA Gala with Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez, 7th District, NY, and our sister services. #AC2019 #HNBA #goarmyjag #armyjagcorps
  • Last week, CPT Michael Barrett sat on a panel with fellow judge advocates from across the services at UNT Dallas College of Law. This event was hosted by the Office of Career and Professional Development in order to educate students about opportunities in the JAG Corps. Many thanks for hosting us! #GoArmyJAG
  • OUR DEADLINE IS EXTENDED TO 4 OCTOBER 2019! Please note, there is no interruption to our ability to receive your applications, just in your ability to access our public website and download the applications. Call us at (866) 276-9524 or email the address above with any questions. #GoArmyJAG
  • MAJ Barbara Kerrane participated in a panel with sister service members at Ohio Northern University on 19 September 2019. Dean Charlie Rose, retired U.S. Army Judge Advocate, provided opening remarks. MAJ Kerrane is also pictured with an aspiring Army judge advocate! #GoArmyJAG
  • CPT Todd Vlazny attended the University of Utah “JAG Fair” earlier this week with members of our sister services. He also met with ROTC cadets from BYU, leading them in a grueling morning PT session. It was a great visit! #GoArmyJAG #CougarBattalion