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Any advice would be appreciated.

I am interetested in the JAG program. Im 24 just got accepted to law school in the fall, but have been talking with an AF recruiter and have been thinking about going in before law school. My options are enlist as an E3 and after a year put in for officer (is that even possible, also what would my obligation of time be if I did that) or go in air battle management for a 6 year obligation (could i transfer to another officer position with less obligation?) or go straight to law school and then try for the JAG program.

My ideal situation would be to go into intel for a year or two and then finish out my remaining 4 years as an officer, go to school and come back to be a JAG. this would take considerable time about 7 years before I would be a jag but I am willing to sacrifice my age for an amazing experience. The other option is to go straight to school come out in a lot of debt and try and become a JAG through direct commission.

Sorry for rambling but Im torn between this decision. PLEASE HELP

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    Andrew W
    November 12, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Is the USAF your only choice of branch?

    Why go enlisted if you don’t need to? Apply for the Air Force Officer Training School (OTS). It is very competitive, but if you get a spot and make it through… tada… you are a fresh, brand new 2 LT.

    Basically each branch has 3 commisioning sources:
    1) Their respective service academy
    2) College-based ROTC for undergraduates
    3) An officer candidate school for people who have already finished college or enlisted who have a college degree and want to move up to officer

    I would recommend going to law school and then applying for OTS after you finish. Remember that those AF recruiters have a quota of people to enlist, so they may tell you to take the enlisted route.

    Just remember that the Air Force is getting smaller and thus much more competitive, especially to become an officer.

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    SPC Burn It
    November 12, 2011 at 8:11 am

    You’re 24 and I think that the USAF stops accepting Officer packets at 32 or 31. The Army I know stops at 32.

    You also only need 60 or 90hrs to put your Officer packet in. I know for the Army it’s 60hrs for the long Officer training course (a year long I think) and 90hrs for OCS (2months). It also comes with an obligation that you finish your degree in 4-6yrs after you commission as an officer.

    You can go Enlisted to Officer just fine. If you look at military pay tables, you will see a sub section of officer pay grades that are O-XE, that’s for an Officer who spent 4yrs or more as Enlisted before he went Officer. The OE goes up to O-4E I believe.

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    My world
    November 12, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Let’s tackle this one issue at a time.

    First, I’m sure that the USAF has some type of program that will allow you to go from enlisted to officer. In the Army, we have two, Officer Candidate School (OCS) and Green to Gold. OCS requires you to already have a BA/BS, whereas the Green to Gold sends you to college, via ROTC, for two years (must already have AA). If the Army has it, I’m sure the USAF does, too.

    You also have the option of going straight into the officer corps, if you qualify (have a BA/BS). If you have passed your BAR exam, theoretically you can go directly into JAG.

    Time lines: Enlisted in the USAF is 4 years, minimum, plus 2 years Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR). Officers, upon completion of OCS, will spend a minimum of 4 years active, plus time remaining in either IRR or regular Reserves.

    Ideally, you want to go into Intell first. Hmmm. You do know that the USAF won’t guarantee that job, right? They will try their hardest to get you what you want, but they are a branch where their needs come first. (I hate to say it, but the Army will guarantee, in writing, your job.)

    Since you have just gotten accepted to law school, why not join the service and let them pay for your law school? Like you said, you can then go officer, take your BAR, and become a JAG officer.

    Good luck

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    November 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Go to the Air Force Academy and if you graduate at the very top of your class you come out with 0-3 bars and then go to law school and receive an automatic rank of 0-4. Keep pushing until you become the highest Judge Advocate General in the USAF. Then leave and aim for US Attorney General. Beyond that your only hope for progression will be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court!

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    November 12, 2011 at 9:23 am

    The best bet, is to enroll in a law school that is near a university with a AFROTC program.

    Then apply for thr Air Force Graduate Law Program (GLP)

    The first link is for the Graduate Law Program .

    The second link is for the Air Force Jag webpage that list all the options on how to become an Air Force Jag officer.

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