Five years have passed since the release of JAG Corps 2020, our strategic plan. Over this period, the Navy JAG Corps demonstrated a commitment to continued community improvement while providing superb legal solutions to our clients wherever and whenever needed. As the summary below demonstrates, our strategic plan is not just a glossy brochure. We use strategic planning as the foundation for ensuring the Navy JAG Corps continues to evolve with the needs of the Navy and joint forces. The following accomplishments have been inspired by the JAG Corps 2020 vision.
Recruit and Retain the Right People
- Assumed responsibility for officer recruiting and executed an aggressive national recruiting strategy.
- Streamlined and improved the JAG Corps recruiting and selection process by implementing a new website, online applications, and a disciplined structured interview process.
- Made the legalman conversion process more uniform and selective by creating local selection boards and setting more demanding criteria for selection.
- Implemented a direct appointment program to commission into the Reserve JAG Corps civilian attorneys with expertise in specialized legal areas.
- Improved work-life balance by implementing a flex-work policy, telecommuting policy, and a Virtual Command Pilot, allowing personnel more choice in where and when they perform their duties.
- Participated in the Navy’s Career Intermission Program.
- Extended diversity outreach and education across the community through podcasts, senior leader involvement with national diversity groups, and engagement at the law school, collegiate and high school levels.
- Enhanced the Summer Internship and School Year Externship Program by standardizing the selection process and expanding meaningful opportunities for interns to learn about the Navy and JAG Corps.
Prepare Our People for Success
- Established the Legalman Paralegal Education Program (LPEP), an historic program and the culmination of years of effort to ensure every legalman obtains an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies.
- Launched a comprehensive 52-week legalman rate training program to solidify legalman legal knowledge in military justice, criminal law, civil law, and legal research.
- Increased available civilian opportunities for education and training to further career development by reimbursing employees for tuition costs associated with college courses.
- Maximized post-graduate school master’s degree opportunities by negotiating tuition reduction agreements with multiple law schools, and increasing post-graduate school attendance by 48% since academic year 2005-2006.
- Coordinated with George Washington University Law School to develop its first-ever Cybersecurity Law and Policy Course.
Assign the Right People to the Right Positions
- Established a new AJAG position as the Chief Judge, Department of the Navy to ensure oversight of the trial and appellate judiciary and military justice related affairs.
- Created Deputy Commander positions for the Region Legal Service Offices and Naval Legal Service Offices to ensure focused oversight and clear lines of command and control.
- Created the Trial Counsel Assistance Program and Defense Counsel Assistance Program to increase the field’s access to litigation expertise.
- Reorganized JAG Corps Reserve Force into three specialized “pillars” (military justice litigation, command services/legal assistance, and specialty practice), better allowing the JAG Corps Reserve Component to support the Active Component.
- Established a military justice career litigation track allowing for the identification, development, and retention of those judge advocates who demonstrated significant military justice knowledge and trial advocacy skills; assigned qualified litigators to key prosecution and defense positions worldwide.
- Established a judicial screening board for prospective Navy and Marine Corps trial and appellate military judges to ensure only highly qualified officers are recommended for assignment to judicial billets.
Execute Best Practices
- Developed “Communities of Practice” for every functional legal area online allowing for quick access to legal resources and authoritative reach-back support from headquarters.
- Developed the Case Management Tracking Information System (CMTIS), combining, for the first time, case tracking, case management, and workload management into a centralized and comprehensive software system.
- Revised Article 6, UCMJ command inspection process to better evaluate performance, ensure compliance with established law, identify deficiencies, and emphasize continuous improvement as the philosophy and standard business practice of the JAG Corps.
- Used surveys and assessments, such as the Military Judge Assessment, the Leadership Survey, and the LPEP Workload Assessment to gain deeper insight into community programs and trends.
- Established the Military Justice Oversight Council (MJOC) as a monthly flag/general officer forum for review of military justice in the Navy and Marine Corps, including structure, resources and case oversight.
- Established an annual report on the State of Navy military justice that conducts a comprehensive assessment of military justice practice across the Department of the Navy.
Be sure to download a copy of our updated strategic plan JAG Corps 2020.1.