Judge Advocate General

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  • Start applying in November 2015 for the December 2015 board. The application is due November 10, 2015, and interviews must be completed by December 1, 2015.
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If you know a JAG career is right for you, this is how you make sure you're on track to get the job. The Graduate Law Program (GLP) guarantees you a position as a JAG upon successful completion of a two-year AFROTC program, law school and legal licensing requirements.


If you are a law student in your first year of law school, you are eligible to apply.

Applicant requirements:

  • Must be attending an ABA-approved law school that either offers an AFROTC program (a “host” school) or allows you to take AFROTC courses at a nearby school (a “crosstown” school). A list of host and crosstown schools can be found here.
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Meet AFROTC entry standards, such as U.S. citizenship, Air Force Officer Qualification Test minimum scores and AFROTC weight and medical standards
  • Must be under age 35 at the time of commissioning


If selected, you will attend an AFROTC field training encampment at an Air Force base during the summer before either your second or third year of law school. Normally, this training is conducted after you have completed one year of regular academic requirements at your AFROTC detachment.

Commissioning and Service Commitment

Upon completion of the AFROTC program and graduation from law school, you will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in inactive status. After completing legal licensing requirements, you will enter active duty as a first lieutenant shortly thereafter. The initial active duty commitment is four years from the date of entry on active duty.

How to Apply

A selection board is held in February of each year. 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., January 10) prior to the board meeting. In addition to your online application, you must 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 materials online. The interview must be completed on or before the first of the month (i.e., February 1) that the board meets. 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.

As part of this program, you must interview with your local AFROTC detachment (where you plan to receive training) during the first semester of the first year of law school. You must ensure your preferred detachment is willing to enroll you as a cadet if the Judge Advocate General selects you for the Graduate Law Program. In your application, you must upload a letter from the AFROTC detachment indicating that you’ve met with the detachment personnel in preparation for applying to the JAG board. Download a template of the required letter.

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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Schedule Your SJA Interview

To schedule an appointment for a hiring interview, please use the online application processing system to contact the SJA at the 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:

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