ROTC and graduate School

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  1. alfonsonso

    alfonsonso Member

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    I am going to do rotc in college and graduate with a bachelors degree. I am interested in JAG and I was wondering if I chose to branch into the JAG corps, would the army pay for law school?

    Also, if I didn't chose to branch into JAG, but i still went to some sort of graduate school, would the army help me financially?

    My dad's friend was a LTC and he said the army paid for his MBA but i havent been able to find any information to support this on the internet or otherwise.
     
  2. Pima

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    The military will pay for an MBA, but it does come with a time commitment. In essence every officer who desires to make O-5 will go to Grad school (most at night) to make O-5. It is a part of your OPR and PRF. No grad degree coming up for O-5, the chances of promotion would be close to getting hit by lightening.

    The Army, or any branch will pay 75% of your grad school cost, but it comes with a new commitment that is served in conjunction to any commitment you have.

    For a Law Degree, it is a different story. It is incredibly competitive, and for the AF, only about 40 people are selected per yr. You must do @ 2yrs in AD before being eligible to apply for law school as an AD. Going on the military's dime is not easy, many elect to enter as an attorney due to the competitiveness within the military.

    I would say that if you are entering the Army with only wanting to be a JAG, this might not be the route to select.

    Best of luck
     
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  3. alfonsonso

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    I dont really have a specific route I want to go out of the army, I was just considering all the options I have. I dont really think I want to be a JAG, I was just asking to find out some more info, but thanks

    If I chose to go to graduate school, could I opt to have the army pay for part of a law degree without being JAG, or would I be limited to a masters degree?
     
  4. Just_A_Mom

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    You can't branch JAG from ROTC - you need to go to law school first.
    The Army progam is called FLEP - Funded Legal Education Program. It is open for officers who have between 2-6 years of service. This is a very small program (about 25 students/year).
    Current civilian law school students may also join ROTC while in Law School and be eligible for a scholarship.

    There are other programs for Grad school for Army officers. You can compete for Advanced Civilian Schooling (ACS) and the Army will pay for grad school. Also if you commission through West Point or ROTC you may ADSO 3 years Active Duty for grad school. This means you agree to serve three years beyond your commitment and you may attend graduate school on the Army's dime.
     

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