Well it's finally come, my last day at home before attending JAOBC. To give everyone some background, I'm from Southeastern PA (Philadelphia Suburbs) went to Temple University for undergraduate where I studied history and political science. I also attended Drexel's Earle Mack School of Law (which is developing a bit of reputation for supplying great officers to the JAG Corps, you guys know who you are). I've always had an interest in the military prior to law school and considered ROTC during undergraduate but due to life's crazy way of working I never did get to pursue it. Upon starting law school I heard about the JAG Corps and this really caught my attention. The idea of being able to provide legal assistance to our brave men and women that have fought so hard for us is truely some of the most rewarding legal work an attorney can do. Also, the wealth of knowlesge and variety of different experiences a JAG will encounter is very valuable to a young attorney like myself.
My blog may be a little different than some past bloggers since I am a 1LT in the United States Army Reserve and a direct commissionee with no prior experience. Therefore those of you out there considering serving as citizen soldiers in the reserve or national guard this is for you. I'll do my very best to convey accurate information and If I don't know the answer I will find out for you. (time permitting!)
The process for an Army Reserve JAG is quite different from going to JAOBC with an active duty committment. For starters, many of us(me included) drill with our unit prior to attending OBC, which is interesting in it's own right especially if you're like me with no prior experience. The most important thing I learned during this process was listen to you senior officers, listen to your NCOs and do your best to blend in. It will be awkward, it will be overwhelming but hopefully it will prepare you a little for OBC. I will let you know if my hypothesis on that is correct in a few weeks, stay tuned.
Anyway, early tommorrow morning I will begin the trek to Fort Lee and will most likely post when I get there. Sorry this post isn't the most exciting but I still have a lot of packing and final things to get squared away before tomorrow.