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Well, if you aspiring to be into army even after choosing law as a career, then there is no need to worry if you fulfill the required criteria you can very well serve Indian Armed forces with your legal skills by being a law officer for them. You can be a proud young man (or woman) by being one of the few who will get to serve India by becoming the Judge Advocate General (JAG) which is one of the Departments of Indian Army, you can still do what you love and believe in as a law graduate. All you need to do is to undergo SSB (Short Service Commission) interview and bring yourself into the merit list of the JAG department (Men/Women Category). There are very limited seats of vacancies which are declared twice a year and applications are invited for filling such vacancies, such numbers of vacancies differ from year after year, and are usually mentioned in the notification. In last few notifications the numbers of vacancies have been increasing and also the competition level is getting tougher with the ever-increasing number of applications.
JAG (Judge Advocate General) commonly called as ‘JAG' rel="nofollow", is an Army officer who is qualified in law, and who also knows laws of military and hence assists the military in all the legal aspects and cases it has to deal with. For Example: When a case against a military personal is filed in court, it is court marshaled and law officer selected as JAG help in conducting these cases.
How to Apply: All the candidates who have scored 55 percent and above in Law college and are aged between 21 years to 27 years are more are called for applying for JAG. The notification comes after every six months for Short Service Commission to the Department of Judge Advocate General. The candidate must have passed the All India Bar Examination and the institution from where he has done law and the law course he has done must be recognized by Bar Council of India. The candidate must be enrolled as an advocate with the State Bar Council. Candidates can apply online from the official website of Indian Army www.joinindianarmy.com the website also has detailed reference of the process of selection mentioned and some of the videos are available online for ready reference about the entire process
The Process of selection:
Process of selection for JAG involves five days, unlike other technical entries into army as an officer where in candidates need to write an entrance and then if the qualify that entrance then they are called for this SSB interview, JAG applicants are directly qualified to appear for SSB interview, merely because of the fact that they have passed all law subjects and are qualified to be lawyers.
Five days of selection process involves details analysis of the candidate's personality which checks various Officer Like Qualities (OLQs) which is done through tests of reasoning, intelligence, intercommunication skills, psychological assessment, physical fitness etc. which broadly consists of three stages of screening, recommendation, and medical test. There are various officers who assess various stages called Group Testing Officer, Interviewing Officer, and Psychologist, who look after these various tests involved in each stage of the candidates undergoing the interview process, there are various perspectives and parameters on which a candidate is judged and reach a conclusion as to whether a candidate should be retained and sent for medical test.
Medical Test: All the successful candidates undergo various medical tests in any of the nearest medical hospitals from day 6 to 10 because on an average it takes five days to complete the process. Candidates failing in the medical tests are allowed to appear at the nearest military hospital within the time of 45 days.
Pay and Perks: A very good stipend is given during training period of the candidate which is to the tune of Rs 21,000/- per month that is with Rs 15,600/- as pay in Pay Band plus Rs 5,400/- as Grade Pay. Once the training is completed, the candidate joins Indian Army as a Lieutenant and receives the payment according to the rank that is allotted. Apart from this Army provides free medical facilities, sports, canteen facilities and accommodation which forms a part of benefits.
JAG Course Training: All the candidates who get selected through the process of selection conducted by Indian Army for the JAG course need to undergo mandatory one-year training at
Officers Training Academy, Chennai: The duration of JAG course is (49 weeks) One Year. All the trainees after the successful completion of the training get placed in the rank of Lieutenant (Lt). These trainees are not permitted to get married or to live with their families while undergoing the (one-year) training at OTA, Chennai. Further, once the JAG course training is completed, a Post Graduate Diploma (Defence Management and Strategic Studies) is awarded by University of Madras.
Probation Period: There is six month probation period, which is applicable to all commissioned officers of JAG course of Indian Army. This period of Probation normally gets started on the day officer gets the grant of the commission. In any worst scenario, while undergoing this probation period a candidate may be terminated by Army if it feels that a candidate is not suitable for the post. And once the officer is selected, he will be asked to work at any place in India or abroad.
Vacancies: There are very few vacancies for JAG as compare to other entries into the Indian Army for similar posts. The last JAG (JAG 19) had a total of 14 vacancies in the course. Out of the total vacancies, 10 were reserved for men and rest 4 vacancies were for women.
The JAG (Judge Advocate General) course of the Indian Army is exclusive for future officers of Indian Army willing to be a law officer at Army. Judge Advocate General branch is a legal branch of Indian Army which is responsible for all kinds of legal battles of Indian Army. A lawyer aspiring to be a legal officer in Indian Army being a law graduate and wanting to join Indian Army as a ‘commissioned officer' can opt JAG because Judge Advocate General course is an absolutely correct way to fulfilling that dream.
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