FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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AIR RESERVE COMPONENT PROGRAM
Below is a list of the most common questions asked by potential Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard JAG and Paralegal recruits.

If you have questions outside of what you see below, please contact use by filling out the form to the right with your question.



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Will I attend Basic Military Training?
Applicants without prior JAG or military experience must first learn to become Air Force officers. That takes place during Officer Training School (OTS). OTS is an approximately 8-week training program at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama. It is a rigorous program designed to challenge you both mentally and physically, developing you into an officer and a leader. You will participate in physical conditioning (running, push-ups, sit-ups, etc.), classroom studies and training on Air Force customs/courtesies, Air Force history, leadership, marching drills and teamwork. You will need to be in shape before training begins.

Paralegal applicants without prior military experience will attend Basic Military Training (BMT), which is an 8.5 week program that transforms raw recruits into Airmen. New paralegals then attend a 55-day technical training.
I know that an interview is required. How do I arrange for an interview?
After you have submitted your application materials, our office will work with you to schedule an interview with an active duty Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) at a base near you. The SJA will write a recommendation memorandum based on your application materials and the interview. The SJA will submit the recommendation directly to our office. Our office will then provide your application materials and the SJA's recommendation to The Judge Advocate General for a decision on whether you are selected to join The Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
Who should letters of recommendation be addressed to?
Address letters of recommendation to:
Selection Board Members
Total Force Advisor to The Judge Advocate General
1420 Air Force Pentagon
Washington DC 20330
What is the Judge Advocate Staff Officer Course (JASOC)?
The Judge Advocate Staff Officer Course (JASOC) is nine weeks long. All applicants who have not completed the full in-residence course are required to attend JASOC. It is located at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama. The course is designed to provide you with a foundation in the principles and concepts of military law and Air Force legal procedures. JASOC teaches you how to be an Air Force judge advocate.
Can my family visit me at OTS and/or JASOC?
OTS and JASOC are formal military training programs, and you should approach them as such. During OTS you will be living in military dormitories, and visiting friends/family may not stay with you in your room. Moreover, you will have very little free time, and you may also be restricted to the base. You should plan to be occupied with military duties constantly during the entire eight-week course. Because the opportunities to visit are so limited, it is generally not a good idea for your family to travel to Maxwell AFB during OTS. During JASOC, you may have some free time on some weekends. Although you will be busy with course work, you may be able to manage some time with visiting family or friends.
Where will I be stationed?
If you are interested in the IMA program, there are opportunities at Air Force bases around the world. If you would like to stay closer to home, we will make every effort to assign you to a base as close as possible for your first assignment. You do not stay at one location your entire career. As you gain seniority, it becomes more likely that you will be assigned to a location further away from home. If you are interested in the Air National Guard, contact the state you are interested in to discuss assignment opportunities.
How do I schedule the accession physical?
You do not need a physical during the application process. If you are selected for membership in our Corps, you will work with a recruiter to schedule an accession physical, most likely through a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS).
I am admitted to practice law in more than one state;
do I need certificates of good standing from each state?
Yes
How much will I be paid as a Reserve or Guard JAG?
Reservists can qualify for many types of pay. For instance, while in drill status reservists receive "drill pay," also known as inactive duty training pay. Whenever serving on full-time active duty, including annual training, reservists receive basic pay and some allowances. Reservist pay is calculated based on the number of days served and on the status of the reservist when performing duty. For additional information see: https://afreserve.com/faq/.
How much will I be paid as a Reserve or Guard paralegal?
Reservists can qualify for many types of pay. For instance, while in drill status reservists receive "drill pay," also known as inactive duty training pay. Whenever serving on full-time active duty, including annual training, reservists receive basic pay and some allowances. Reservist pay is calculated based on the number of days served and on the status of the reservist when performing duty. For additional information see: https://afreserve.com/faq/.
Will I have an opportunity to deploy?
Reservists and National Guard members are subject to involuntary mobilization to active duty in times of war or national emergency. This includes the potential for involuntary deployment to hazardous duty locations or armed conflict zones. In addition, ANG members may be involuntarily called to state active duty (Title 32) status to respond to natural disasters or civil matters in their state. In general, because judge advocate and paralegal service in a deployed environment requires significant experience, we typically do not permit new ARC judge advocates and paralegals to deploy until they have been in our program for at least several years.
What is the Individual Mobilization Augmentee program?
Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) judge advocates are assigned as reserve members of active duty Air Force legal offices. IMAs report to an active duty supervisor at their assigned office (usually the active duty Staff Judge Advocate). In the IMA program (sometimes referred to as "Training Category B"), reservists perform:
  • Two weeks of annual training
  • 12 additional training days
The scheduling of these days is flexible, and is arranged between the IMA and his or her active duty supervisor. This flexibility allows great latitude in scheduling for both the IMA and the active duty office. One limit to this flexibility, however, is that IMAs must generally perform their duty during the work week (this is when active duty Air Force legal offices typically operate).
What is the Unit Reserve program?
Some Judge advocates are assigned to traditional Air Force Reserve units, and belong to a reserve legal office, with a reserve unit commander and a reserve Staff Judge Advocate. In the unit reserve program (sometimes referred to as "Training Category A"), reservists:
  • Attend monthly "Unit Training Assembly," which is generally held on the same weekend each month
  • Perform approximately two weeks of annual training each year
This duty schedule is less flexible than that of the IMA program, but the program provides the opportunity for weekend work, which is generally unavailable in the IMA program.
What is the Air National Guard?
The National Guard has both a Federal and State mission. This dual mission is a provision of the U.S. Constitution. Article 1, Section 8, CL 15 and 16 states, "call forth the militia to execute the law of the union, suppress insurrections, and repel." At its core, the National Guard fights America's wars, secures the homeland, and builds enduring partnerships at local/state, federal, and international levels. It provides trained, well-equipped personnel who can augment the active force during national emergencies or war. And, provides assistance during national disasters and civil disturbances. Air National Guard units perform one Regular Scheduled Drill (RSD) each month (Saturday and Sunday) and are required to perform 2 weeks of Annual Training every year.
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