If you've seen the TV series ''JAG'' or the movie ''A Few Good Men,'' you have some familiarity with the Judge Advocate General's Corps. The acronym is used to describe a practicing lawyer in any one of the armed services, more properly called judge advocates.
The television show follows Lt. Cmdr. Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr., a former pilot turned lawyer…along with an elite group of naval officers, as they defend, investigate, and prosecute those accused of military-related crimes. Together, they search and discover the truth in their pursuit of justice. Their pursuit takes them all over the world, flying in space-age aircraft and visiting exotic locales, all to discover the truth. But before you run out and enlist in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, you should spend a little time pursuing the truth about JAGs.
Visit any of the armed services websites and you'll discover a good general description of what it means to be a judge advocate. The Army's website states, in part:
The Judge Advocate General's Corps provides legal services for the Army and its soldiers…Judge advocates serve as prosecutors and defense attorneys
for criminal trials under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. In addition, they practice international, operation, labor, contract, environmental, tort and administrative law. Judge advocates also provide routine legal service for the soldier, retirees and their families. They practice in military, state and federal courts…Newly commissioned judge advocates receive immediate responsibility in handling significant legal issues…."
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