JA PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION / COMMAND COURSES
This course provides new Judge Advocates with the foundation for success as a member of the JAGC Team, imbued with the Warrior Ethos, and prepared to deliver mission-focused legal services to the Army and the Nation. It accomplishes this by providing students with a baseline of knowledge in our core practice areas (Military Justice, Administrative & Civil Law, Contract & Fiscal Law, International & Operational Law, Legal Assistance, and Claims) so that new Judge Advocates are qualified to immediately perform mission-focused legal services in a garrison or deployed environment. The course builds the officer’s pride in the Army and the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAGC); builds a cohesive class to demonstrate principles of teamwork and leadership; builds and improves physical fitness; and inculcates the Warrior Ethos.
Commissioned officers who are members in good standing of a state bar and are being accessed for appointment into the JAGC or who have been appointed into the JAGC, but have not previously attended JAOBC. Commissioned officers who are detailed to the JAGC. Officers must attend the Direct Commissioned Course (DCC) at Fort Benning prior to reporting to JAOBC.
This course prepares career military attorneys for future service in senior Judge Advocate positions. The course requirements equal or exceed those of graduate programs at other law schools. Students who successfully complete all Graduate Course requirements for a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree receive an LL.M. in Military Law that is recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. The ABA may be contacted at Office of the Managing Director, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 321 North Clark, Floor 21, Chicago, IL 60654. The course is conducted over an academic year totaling 10 months during which students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework, including a major writing requirement.
Commissioned career officers of the armed forces whose branch is the Judge Advocate General's Corps, or another service's equivalent, in their fifth to eighth year of active commissioned service; Army civilian attorneys; and selected international student officers. Army students are selected for attendance by The Judge Advocate General. Other service students are selected through competitive processes run by their personnel office. International Students are selected through the US Embassy in their home country. More information is available through the Army's Security Assistance Training Field Activity (SATFA).
Selection for attendance / admission to The Graduate Course is made by the sending service of the military officers / civil service / international students who will attend. United States officers and civil service students attend this course as part of their official duties; consequently, there is no tuition charged and living expenses are paid through normal pay and allowances. Consequently, scholarships are not necessary and are not offered. International Officers attend based upon agreements betweeen the United States and their government -- that agreement will govern any required tuition and expenses. Enrollment is limited to 128 students. Classes are conducted in plenary, section (one-half of the class), and seminar (12-16 students) format. Electives are all in seminar format. The links are here for the academic requirements for the course and the elective offerings. With approval, students may take an elective for credit at the University of Virginia School of Law. The policy governing that process is linked here.
This course acquaints senior Army officers in, or selected for, command with the legal responsibilities and issues commonly faced by installation, brigade combat team, and battalion commanders, and by those commanders assuming special court-martial convening authority. Administrative and civil law topics include labor-management relations; law of federal employment; equal employment opportunity; adverse administrative actions; administrative investigations; legal assistance; retirement considerations and survivor benefits; administrative remedies; family law;;;; consumer law; medical disability separations and veterans benefits; command authority; transgender policy; government information practices; standards of conduct; and handling of sexual harassment complaints. Criminal law topics include an overview of the military justice system, search and seizure, , nonjudicial punishment, unlawful command influence, improper senior-subordinate relationships and fraternization; sentencing and corrections, digital media and the law; and the Sexual Assault Prevention & Response program. The instruction emphasizes the options and responsibilities of convening authorities before and after trial in military justice matters, including theories and effects of sentencing. International and operational law topics include responsibilities of command and staff under the law of war and national implementing policy, rules of engagement, international agreements, cyber law, and international human rights law. Contract and fiscal law topics include an overview of fiscal law with an emphasis on current issues affecting commanders; contract law; procurement fraud; and funding issues for military operations.
1. ACTIVE COMPONENT Officers selected as Brigade Commanders and Battalion Commanders who exercise Special Court-martial Convening Authority attend in MTSA-funded Army seats controlled by HRC. Beginning in FY17, Attendance by AC officer selected for command is mandatory and is reported to the VCSA. Officers in this category should go through their branch manager at HRC to obtain a quota once they are announced on the Command Select List (CSL).
2. RESERVE COMPONENT Officers selected as Brigade Commanders and Battalion Commanders who exercise Special Court-martial Convening Authority MAY attend if funding is available in FY17 & 18. However, they will not be REQUIRED to attend until FY19. RC Seats are controlled by USARC or NGB.
3. Officers currently in command MAY attend on a space-available basis. However, this attendance will most likely be at unit expense because of the need to fill HRC-controlled seats with officers on the CSL.
4. Battalion Commanders who do NOT exercise Special Court-martial Convening Authority MAY attend on a space-available basis, but must do so at unit expense. These officers should contact the course manager at TJAGLCS. Part of the process will include completing the application which is linked on the web site.
GOLO - Scope
This course acquaints general courts-martial convening authorities and other general officers with the legal responsibilities and issues commonly faced by division, installation, and other major activity commanders. This course is tailored to the specific needs of each attendee. The full range of military law topics is available for selection. All general officers deploying should attend this course. Topics selected will focus on those areas needed in theater.
United States Army active duty general officers or promotable colonels. Attendance is arranged through the General Officer Management Office, (703) 614-0234.
This course prepares Army Reserve and Army National Guard judge advocates to be field grade leaders prepared for increasingly complex legal practice in the JAGC core competencies upon mobilization for service as an Active Duty member of the Total Force. This course is a blended course conducted in two phases.
Phase I (Online): Phase I is an online nonresident course administered by the Educational Technology Distributed Learning Division on JAG University (JAGU). Phase I consists of approximately 74 credit hours of online instruction from the School’s four academic departments—Administrative & Civil Law, Contract & Fiscal Law, Criminal Law, and International & Operational Law. Students must complete Phase I before they are eligible to attend Phase II.
Phase II (Resident): Phase II is a two-week resident course conducted each December at TJAGLCS. Phase II builds on the instruction presented during Phase I. It serves as the final phase of the JAOAC for Army Reserve and National Guard judge advocates.
Phase I: Army Reserve and Army National Guard judge advocates who have successfully completed the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course (JAOBC) and the Judge Advocate Tactical Staff Officer Course (JATSOC). Prior to enrollment in Phase I, a student must have obtained the rank of CPT and have completed two years of service since completion of JAOBC. The requirement to have obtained two years of service post-JAOBC service may be waived if the student meets the eligibility requirements for the waiver under TJAGSA Circular No. 351-10.
Phase II: Army Reserve and Army National Guard Judge Advocates in the rank of captain and major who have completed Phase I (online) by 1 October of the year of Phase II attendance. Prior to arrival at Phase II, students must have successfully completed the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) and Army Height-Weight Screening within 90 days of the start date of Phase II. Students are also required to pass an APFT and height/weight screening during the Phase II course to graduate. Students with temporary profiles (unless deployment or pregnancy related) limiting their ability to perform any event of the APFT and/or height/weight screening are not qualified to attend the course.
Phase I: Eligible judge advocates may register for Phase I (online) by going to the JAGU home page (https://jagu.army.mil), finding the ‘Enrollment’ tab, and then clicking ‘JAOAC Phase I.” Follow the instructions there.
Phase II: Judge advocates who have successfully completed Phase I should contact the appropriate point of contact for Phase II ATRRS enrollment: