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.

  • 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
  • In honor of Law Day 2019, the Army Court of Criminal Appeals held an outreach oral argument in the case of U.S. v. Majstorovic at the U.S. Capitol for the first time. If you're interested in learning more about the Army JAG Corps or would like information about joining, please call 1-866-ARMY-JAG!
#goarmyjag #lawday #lawday2019 #armystrong
  • The U.S. Army JAG Corps commemorated Law Day on Capitol Hill with a lunchtime CLE featuring COL Mike Mulligan, Senior Judge on the Army Court of Criminal Appeals. Law Day is an annual celebration of the rule of law in our society. COL Mulligan’s remarks focused on “Command Authority and Freedom of Expression in the Military.” #goarmyjag #lawday #armyjagcorps
  • Members of the U.S. Army JAG Corps spent this morning playing football with University of Michigan Army ROTC cadets in the Big House! Finished by explaining what it means to be a judge advocate and the pathways to the Corps. If you're interested in joining, give us a call at 866-ARMY-JAG! #goarmyjag #armystrong #armyrotc #universityofmichigan
  • The U.S. Army JAG Corps had its school at the University of Michigan School of Law from 1942-1946 and an alum defended Jackie Robinson in his court-martial in 1944. So on #jackierobinsonday this year, the JAG Corps gave a presentation on the court-martial and the defense counsel, Robert H. Johnson, to students and family at the law school. Great unknown story about the history of our nation and Corps! #goarmyjag #armystrong #jackierobinson #universityofmichigan