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U.S. Air Force: Capt Marcus Childress, Judge Advocate (JAG)


So to achieve good order and discipline, you
have to have a fair and impartial system. As a Prosecutor, that’s my only goal is to
achieve justice. My name is Captain Marcus Childress, I’m the
Chief of Military Justice at Robins Air Force Base, and I’m here to represent the command
of the United States Air Force and all proceedings. Our biggest focus as any JAG is justice, and
just like any court, my job as the Prosecutor is to put forth a case that brings the jurors
to a point where they believe he’s guilty. Military law is the same as any other law
in any other state, or Federal law. It just applies to the United States Airmen,
it applies to soldiers, it applies to everyone who’s serving in the military. In the Air Force you’re going to have many
opportunities to litigate. The ability to get in the courtroom early
on in my career was something that made me want to join the Air Force. And in the JAG corps, I’ve probably done more
courts already in three years than I might’ve done in my entire career as a civilian. After we graduate from Law School and pass
the bar, we go to Officer Training School and then we go to JAG School. When we go to OTS, unlike other career fields,
we’re already commissioned and you basically learn the customs and courtesies, you learn
how to salute, you learn how to march. And they pretty much just get you ready so
when you go to your base, you have the credibility of other folks you work around because you
understand the Air Force at that time. JAG School is nine weeks, so it’s like another
semester of law school, and you learn the Uniform Code of Military Justice, you learn ethics, you learn everything that you’re going to need on the job as a JAG. You’ll learn trial advocacy skills, so how
to do an opening, how to do a closing, how to do direct examinations of witnesses, how
to identify witnesses. It’s basically law school, but it’s just specifically
for the military and how to be a JAG when you come to your first base. One of the bigger differences between being
a JAG and an attorney practicing in the civilian world is you are an Officer in military. That means you have to be physically fit,
that means you have to be able to lead, you have to be able to do all the things that
any other officer in any other career field would do. You are a full member of the military. Your job is simply just that you’re an attorney
as well. It can be overwhelming, but typically if you’re
gonna be a JAG you have to be quick on your feet. We’re learning something new every single
day. So right now, as the Chief of Military Justice,
I’m serving as a Prosecutor, that means that we represent the United States and all criminal
felony level courts. There’s probably no better feeling than standing
up to a panel of jurors and saying, “I’m Captain Marcus Childress, and I represent the United
States of America.”

Tony wyaad

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  1. LMBC6Brian Posted on July 30, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Dude has a million dollar a year career path. Respect.

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