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General Description

Through training and experience possess knowledge and expertise regarding military and civilian legal systems and substantive and procedural law which qualify them to do work of a legal nature under the supervision of an attorney.  Legalmen receive extensive military justice training in administrative and civil law, substantive and procedural law, court-martial procedures, and nonjudicial punishment.  Under the supervision of a Navy Judge Advocate, Legalmen work in a variety of billets to include Defense Service Office; Region Legal Service Offices (RLSO); Staff Judge Advocate Offices; and afloat commands.  Additionally, the most experienced Legalmen may be assigned to an Independent Duty Legalman role both at commands ashore and at sea.  Knowledge, skills and abilities of a Legalmen include:  providing legal assistance in areas of the law such as wills and estates, consumer advocacy, landlord/tenant, immigration and naturalization, tax and family law, all of which include drafting and reviewing technical legal documents for attorney signature.  Certain military justice duties include preparation of records and hearings, investigations, courts-martial and courts of inquiry, processing appeals, and the coordination of nonjudicial punishment.  Legalmen also act as trial paralegals for the both trial and defense counsel.
What They Do


  • Provide legal assistance in such matters as voter registration, indebtedness, Social Security, veterans' benefits, civilian counsel, power of attorney, wills, motor vehicle licensing, taxes, immigration and customs.

  • Prepare records of hearings, investigations, courts-martial and courts of inquiry. 

  • Prepare reports of mast proceedings. 

  • Process appeals. 

  • Help personnel prepare legal forms, letters and requests.

  • Assist personnel in filing claims, and conducting their investigations.

Working Environment
People in this rating usually work in a office environment. They work closely with others and do mostly mental work. 

ASVAB VE + MK = 105
Must have normal hearing
Must have no speech impediment
Security clearance required 
Must be a U.S. Citizen
Must be within 12 months of Projected Rotation Date (PRD)
Have served a minimum of 24 months in present rating
Have less than 10 years of service
High school diploma graduate or equivalent. Must have no record of conviction by civil court for any offense other than minor traffic. Not eligible if substance abuse waiver required. Must possess valid driver's license or be eligible to obtain one. Apply via PERS-811 (Do not send to PERS-4010S). See JAGINST 1440.1 for application procedures and other eligibility requirements.

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