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There are over 900 National Guard Judge Advocates serving in States, Territories, and Commonwealths of the United States. As a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the New York Army National Guard, you have the opportunity to utilize your legal skills and abilities to serve your country within your local community.

With multiple positions located throughout New York State, there are significant opportunities and benefits in becoming a Judge Advocate General (JAG) whether you are a practicing attorney or a law student.

Am I Eligible

  • 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

Job Duties

  • Support Soldiers and their families by preparing wills and other estate documents
  • Represent the Army or defend Soldiers in disciplinary hearings
  • Advise commanders and law enforcement agents on criminal matters
  • Obtain free continuing legal education credits by attending classes at The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Meet and work with lawyers and judges from all over the state and country
  • Learn international and operational law as we help developing nations

Where can I serve as a JAG Officer?

  • Buffalo
  • Syracuse
  • Albany
  • Westchester County
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