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Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps Officer

JAG Corps Officer Direct Appointment Program

Direct appointment and officer indoctrination training of Law School graduates for appointment and active duty as Lieutenant (Junior Grade) in the Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) of the Navy, designator 2500. Those selected will attend Officer Candidate School, Officer Training Command and the Naval Justice School located in Newport, Rhode Island.

Judge Advocate General's Corps Officer Qualifications

Applicants must be a citizen of the United States. Applicants should must be at least 21 years old and be able to complete 20 years of commissioned service by their 62nd birthday.

Professional Experience/ Education

Applicants for the Navy JAG program must be a graduate of a Law School accredited by the American Bar Association, and a member in good standing of a Federal Court or of the highest court of a state, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.


Applicants must meet physical standards for appointment as prescribed in the Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15; additionally, candidates must meet height and weight and/or percentage of body fat standards at the time of application and at time of commissioning.

Source of Applicants

Civilians (to include prior commissioned officers currently not on active duty); Inactive personnel of the Naval Reserve and other branches of the armed forces provided an appropriate conditional release is authorized; and Active personnel of the Navy Reserve and other branches of the armed forces provided an appropriate conditional release is authorized.


Selectee with no plior commissioned service will be credited with three years and appointed as a Lieutenant Junior Grade based on entry-grade credit. Selectee with prior commissioned service may be credited with up to one additional year and may be appointed as a Lieutenant based on entry-grade credit. Entry-grade credit is awarded in accordance with OPNAVINST 1120.11 series.

Active Duty Obligation

Four years active duty commencing from completion of Officer Indoctrination School and Naval Justice School training as described herein. (Individuals who began active duty in the JAG Corps in FY-03or earlier retain their three-year active duty obligation.)

Commissioned active duty Navy JAG officers are paid allowances (BAH, BAS, etc. if eligible) and billet pay (sea pay, etc. if eligible), and basic officer military pay based on years of service and paygrade.

Information obtained from Navy JudgeAdvocate General's Corps Authorization 111. See an Officer Recruiter for further details.

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