Vol. LIV No. 3

Training Army Judge Advocates to Advise Commanders as Operational Law Attorneys

Abstract: Today, U.S. Army commanders and the military lawyers assigned to advise them—Army Judge Advocates—find themselves operating in areas of extreme legal complexity, where nuanced political and strategic implications are often at the forefront, and where “black letter law” is rarely sufficient to render competent advice. Through formal training at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, observance of the lessons learned by other Judge Advocates collected by the Center for Law and Military Operations, and hands-on training at Combat Training Centers, Army Judge Advocates are prepared to address the ever-increasing operational demands of the commanders who rely on their advice.

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