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Benefits that go well beyond salary
Many law students and practicing attorneys want to become a JAG because it’s rewarding personally, professionally and, of course, financially. You’ll receive a wealth of benefits no other civilian law firm could offer, leaving you happy, fulfilled, enriched and well compensated.Employment benefits
Active duty pay for Judge Advocates is competitive. The amount depends on when you accept a commission and where you are stationed. Military pay is also based on your time in the Air Force and your rank. Judge Advocates enter active duty as first lieutenants (O-2) and are promoted to captain (O-3) after six months. View the typical base pay for Air Force personnel.Employment Benefits
Housing and food tax-free allowances
Judge Advocates are not required to live on base, although those with families may choose to do so depending on availability and preferences. If you choose to live off base, you will receive a monthly tax-free Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), which pays most, if not all, of your housing costs. The housing allowance is based on civilian rental costs by pay grade, dependency status and location. View specific location allowances here: [LINK TO: https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bah.cfm]
In addition, officers receive a flat monthly food allowance, Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) and can also save by shopping at the tax-free, on-base department and grocery stores.
You will have free comprehensive medical and dental care in the Air Force, potentially saving you and your family thousands of dollars annually. Free medical care, when available, is offered at military medical facilities. When medical care is not available, you are entitled to partial reimbursement for the cost of most types of medical treatment provided at civilian hospitals and clinics.Employment Benefits
From day one, you will earn 30 days of vacation with pay a year, in addition to 10 federal holidays and paid sick leave.