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THE DIRECT APPOINTMENT PROGRAM

You have a degree (or you will soon), and you're ready to put your knowledge to work. As a JAG, you'll have a fulfilling career from day one, with opportunities to practice law in various areas while working with a team of people who want you to succeed.

Qualifications

If you have completed your second year of law school or have completed two-thirds of your degree requirements, you may apply for a direct appointment as a JAG.

Applicant requirements:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must be on track to graduate from, or a recent graduate of, an ABA-approved law school Juris Doctor program
  • Must be commissioned before the age of 35
  • If selected, you must complete and pass an Air Force medical examination and obtain admission to practice in the highest court of any U.S. state, commonwealth, territory or the District of Columbia before an offer of assignment will be extended to you.

Service Commitment

You do not incur a service commitment until you accept your JAG assignment. The initial active duty commitment is four years, which begins on the day you depart for Commissioned Officer Training (COT).

Prior Military Service

If you are selected for direct appointment and are prior active duty, National Guard or Reserve, you will be credited by length of service for pay purposes. Prior commissioned service can also advance entry grade and date of rank. All active duty service is credited toward retirement.

How to Apply

Selection boards are held in April, October and December. Applications are accepted through our online application processing system. You must submit all application materials online on or before the 10th of the month (i.e., March 10, September 10 and November 10) prior to the board. In addition to your online application, you must also schedule a hiring interview with a Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) at any Air Force Base (AFB) through the online application processing system. You will be able to schedule an interview AFTER you submit your application materials online. The interview must be completed on or before the first of the month (i.e., April 1, October 1, December 1) of the board. SJA interviews fill up quickly, so you should apply as early as possible.

After the interview, the SJA will prepare a report that is forwarded, along with your application materials, to HQ USAF/JAX. Please do not mail application materials directly to HQ USAF/JAX. If you need to add materials to your application after submission, contact the SJA who conducted your interview to assist you. Additional materials will not be accepted after the first of the month that the board meets.

Air Force Base Locations

To schedule an appointment for a hiring interview, please use the online application processing system to contact the (SJA) at an AFB near you. Once the request is submitted, the SJA or the SJA’s representative should contact you to schedule an interview. Please note that it can take up to 48 hours for the SJA to receive your application in the system. You can find a map of all AFB locations here:

Base Locations

Recommendation Letters

Recommendation letters should be written by someone who can attest to your work ethic, duty performance, leadership potential, etc. Address all letters to “Selection Board Members.” Do not mail recommendation letters directly to the selection board. Rather, upload them as part of your online application.

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