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The JARO Episode. Interview with
Battlefield Next Podcast Episode 4: The JARO Episode. Interview with First Lieutenant Briana Kolota; First Lieutenant Asia Buss; and First Lieutenant Mandi Ford.
April 6, 2020
On today’s podcast, we have an interview with three recent graduates of the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course: First Lieutenant Briana Kolota; First Lieutenant Asia Buss; and First Lieutenant Mandi Ford. MAJ Wellemeyer and MAJ Coffey had the opportunity to sit down with them to discuss what made them choose the JAG Corps, their commissioning sources, and their experiences in the application process, the Direct Commission Officer Course, and at the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course.
Due to the episode’s length, it is divided into two parts. In part one, MAJ Wellemeyer and I discuss with them such topics as: why they chose the Army JAG Corps, their commissioning sources, JAG Corps internships, their experiences with the application, accession, and assignment process, and preparing for and reporting to the Direct Commission Officer Course.
Part two covers their experiences at the Direct Commission Officer Course, the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course, the advice they would give future applicants, and what they think the JAG Corps can do to improve the application and accession process.
Below is a timeline of some of the subject-areas discussed during the episode, along with hyperlinks to further information and resources:
00:00 Episode introduction
01:14 Why They Chose the JAG Corps and Commissioning Sources
01:23 ROTC Educational Delay
01:52 ROTC in Law School
06:33 Direct Commission
07:33 JAG Corps Internships
10:23 The Application Process
10:30 Field Screening Interview
12:59 JAG Corps
14:02 The Accession Process
15:00 The Medical Screening Process
15:48 Duty Station Assignment
17:14 Preparing for the Direct Commission Officer Course
19:02 Reporting to Fort Benning
19:48 Preparing for Army physical fitness standards
21:04 End of Part One
0:00 Inprocessing and Training at the Direct Commission Officer Course
01:08 A typical day at the Direct Commission Officer Course
03:05 Impressions of training as a brand new Lieutenant
05:12 Learning to wear the uniform
06:54 Moving from Fort Benning to Charlottesville
07:42 A typical at the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course
08:57 The Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course class schedule
10:22 Improving the application and accession process
12:40 Advice to future applicants
13:50 End of episode
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*Music by Joseph McDade
**The views expressed on the podcast are the views of the participants and do not necessarily represent those of The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, the Army, the Department of Defense, or any other agency of the US Government.