Career: JAG ( Judge Advocate General)
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The Judge Advocate General Department, commonly known as JAG, consists of legally qualified Army officers who have knowledge of military law and provide legal help to the military in all aspects.
The Indian Army has a separate JAG ( Judge Advocate General ) branch which consists of legally-qualified army officers. Officers can either be commissioned directly into the JAG Branch or can be sidestepped from other branches, arms or corps. JAG officers provide legal help to the military in all aspects, in particular advising the presiding officers of courts-martial on military law.
The recruitment process involves three stages —
screening, recommendation and medical test. The candidates have to undergo
various tests, after which they are screened and shortlisted for the next level.
A series of interviews and physical tests is conducted and candidates are then
subject to medicals tests, which is followed by document verification.
The Indian Army, every year, releases a notification calling for Law graduates between the ages of 21 and 27 for Short Service Commission (SSC) to the department of Judge Advocate General.
Candidates are required to have a minimum aggregate of 55 per cent in LLB degree – three year course after graduation or five year course after class XII.
The candidate must be registered with the Bar Council of India.
Eligible candidates may apply through plain paper as per the format given in the notification by the Army.
Applications must be sent to Directorate General of Recruiting, Army Headquarters in New Delhi before the deadline.
More details may be found in the official website of the Indian Army, www.joinindianarmy.nic.in.
( Abstracts from article " Legal counsel for the Army" by
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