MIL Marine JAG

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  1. Casino

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    I'm thinking about getting a PLC-Law contract for the Marines. I read that occasionally JAG officers lead men in combat. How true is that? Im asking because if I'm going to be in the Marines, I would like to be in some action, so I'm hoping its true. If it is, about how often would I be doing it?
     
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    yea with the marines ur always a marine first jag second. i donno if this is for jags to but i had heard that some new officers depending on their career field had to do a 1 year tour as an infantry officer before going to their real job. dont quote me on that though.
     
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    I read a lot about JAG but never found anything saying I had to do a 1 year tour as an infantry officer, even though I wouldn't mind doing that at all. Anyone know how likely I am to see combat?
     
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    pretty sure you need to be accepted into a law school to get the JAG option

    some people commission after college as infantry officers and apply for law schools in between and switch to JAG when they get their letters.

    i think that's what you're talking about. but other than that I very doubt they make Marine JAGs XOs.
     
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    I'm sure forced infantry is a great incentive for lawyers to take a pay cut and join the military. Its true that every soldier is infantry first and their job second, but there is no way anyone would expect someone with little to no tactical experience out front leading troops into combat. The only way a jag officer will see combat is if his convoy is ambushed. However, I have never heard of a JAG officer going to the soldier, only the other way around.

    Go to Law school and leave the hooah hooah stuff to the rest of us. Truth is, you will do more good helping soldiers with legal issues as opposed to leading them into battle.
     
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    I think the infantry part of being a JAG somes when you go to TBS.
     
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    The officer selector officer i talked to said I could get a plc contract now and have law added to it once I get accepted to a law school.
     
  8. kidhero

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    that's what i said
     
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    whoops, i read your post the wrong way :o

    There are so many things I want to do for my career but it would be impossible to do them all. At least I have a lot of time to think about it.
     
  10. thesuperlurker

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    That's how I did it. I was a ground contract then you need to get an acceptance letter to an ABA accredited law school and you can get it switched over (usually). That is generally the easier way to do it. The OCC law option pipeline is much more competitive. There was a miscalculation a few years ago, letting in more law contracts than actually necessary. That glut made it really difficult to get the law contract recently. I'm not sure where the acceptance rate is at now.

    As far as leading Marines in combat. It happens very rarely. However, there are situations where you for instance might be attached as a battalion SJA and you will be with the infantry guys. If you aren't a dirtbag and infantry officer might occassionally let you go out on a patrol with them, but you won't necessarily be doing the leading. Additionally, you will also plan some convoy ops and those have the chance of ambushes.

    A captain I worked for at PI was a batallion SJA in Fallujah. He was pushing pretty much along with everyone else, but more in the back. While in Iraq he also road around in a Humvee with a lock box with like $800k that he was going around paying Iraqis for damage done to their property.

    One of the JAs at MarineOCS.com is attached to the 24 MEU go to Afghanistan. So he'll likely be around some stuff. But like someone stated earlier, it is usually that they get around it more by accident than design.

    If you want to kick in the doors go infantry. I found working with Marines and their legal problems to be incredibly rewarding. I think being a JA in Iraq or Afghanistan would be great too. Most JAs have either been to Iraq, or are going to Iraq.

    There is no one year infantry requirement. You get some basic infantry platoon commander experience during your 6 months at TBS. Everyone leaving TBS is supposed to be able to be a provisional rifle platoon leader. The infantry guy go on to the Infantry Officer's Course and learn the advanced stuff.

    If you have more questions head over to www.marineocs.com and use the search function.
     

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