DVIDS – News – From Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator to JAG Officer



Dedication is often described as being devoted to a task or a goal. For some, it is dedication to the sport. For others, it is dedication to serving their country. For the cap. Jordan Robertson, his dedication is to join the corps of the Army Judge Advocate General.

Robertson, from Salt Lake City, Utah, is not the first person in his family to take an interest in law. His mother, Judge Shauna Graves-Robertson, is president of the Salt Lake County Court of Justice.

Prior to enlisting in the military, Robertson attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she graduated as a Juris Doctor in 2019. During her final law semester, she applied to the JAG Corps, where she could be accepted on one condition: she must pass the bar exam.

The bar exam is offered twice a year, once in February and once in July.

“I graduated in May 2019 and immediately started studying for the bar exam in July,” said Robertson. “The results came out in September and I was unsuccessful so I lost the opportunity to place an order. “

Robertson knew she still wanted to be in the military, so she enlisted in the US military in October 2019.

“My recruiter asked me if I wanted to be a paralegal and I said ‘no’,” explained Robertson. “I was really upset and disappointed with the idea of ​​the law and decided to become an operator of unmanned aircraft systems. “

Upon completion of Basic and Advanced Individual Training in September 2020, Robertson was stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., Where she currently serves with Fox Troop, 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division.

Robertson said her executives knew she had just graduated from law school. So they went out of their way to help her prepare for the next bar exam. After five months of rigorous study, February 2021 arrived and it was time to retake the bar exam. Robertson said she was prepared and never felt more ready.

After completing the bar exam, it takes about 3 months for the results to be released, so all Robertson could do was wait.

On May 1, 2021, the day Robertson has been waiting for has finally arrived. The results of the examination had fallen.

“Around 8 am I got the notification, so I took a deep breath, opened the email and found out I had passed the bar exam,” said Robertson. “I screamed and cried and immediately made a group video call to my parents and sister.”

Robertson said there was no other word to describe his feelings than relief.

“I felt relieved because I felt like I was finally putting the pieces of my life together to get to where I wanted to go,” said Robertson. “The culmination of years of effort finally felt like it was paying off.”

On October 19, 2021, Robertson was practically sworn in to the Minnesota State Bar.

After Robertson was sworn in before the Minnesota Supreme Court judge, she had all the credentials to apply to the JAG Corps again.

“With the support of my chain of command, I submitted another candidacy for the JAG Corps,” said Robertson. “I was recently accepted and now I hope for a class date in early 2022.”

According to Robertson, entry into the JAG Corps is extremely competitive. The US military currently accepts only the best legal talent, and academic standards are very high. In addition to academics, applicants must demonstrate the leadership qualities befitting an officer in service to their country.

The next step for Robertson is to begin the Direct Commissiond Course (DCC), a rigorous six-week course in leadership and tactics at Fort Benning, Ga. DCC is designed to challenge new Army officers mentally and physically in the classroom and in the field.

The second step is a ten-and-a-half-week academic course at the Legal Center and Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Judge Advocates receive classroom training on the organization, function, and mission of the Judge Advocate General’s body, as well as an overview of the practice of law in the United States military. The course is designed to prepare Judge Advocates for their first three years of practice in the JAG Corps.

Judge advocates are responsible for providing legal support that involves military operations. They mainly focus on the areas of criminal law, legal assistance, civil / administrative law, labor / employment law, international / operational law, intelligence law and contract / tax law. .

“I am excited for the next adventure,” said Robertson. “I can’t wait to stand up for people who can’t stand up for themselves and really make a difference in their lives. “

Robertson’s mother Judge Shauna Graves-Robertson said this was just the start of the road for her daughter.

“My daughter is someone whose vocabulary does not include the term ‘give up’,” Justice Robertson said. “Not only are her dad and I proud, but she has a whole village that has supported her over the years and also radiates pride.”

Date taken: 13.12.2021
Date posted: 13.12.2021 15:09
Story ID: 411016

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