The following message was released by Judge Advocate General of the Navy Vice Adm. Nanette M. DeRenzi and Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy Rear Adm. James W. Crawford, III.
Recruiting the right team is the foundation of a successful future for our Corps. Building a JAG Corps that is rich in integrity, quality, and diversity is only possible through sustained involvement with law students and leaders in the legal community. Your superb efforts make the Navy JAG Corps an employer of choice, as evidenced by the results of the most recent accession selection board.
The Fall 2014 Accession Selection Board was held November 12-14, 2014. This board professionally recommended 55 Student Program candidates from a pool of 233 impressive applicants. The board used the “whole person” concept to select a diverse team of highly qualified applicants possessing the highest potential for JAG Corps service. Although strong academic credentials were important, board members equally considered an applicant’s demonstrated leadership skills, work experience, quality of character and ability to overcome adversity, motivation, cultural expertise, performance in the structured interview, public service, and prior military service. The successful completion of a Navy JAG Corps internship or externship was also given favorable consideration.
The new team of accessions will soon add their remarkably diverse backgrounds and interests to your wardrooms. The class includes 19 women and 36 men from various socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds,
representing 45 different law schools both ranked and unranked. Some have prior military experience, including one of our legalmen who is completing law school through the Career Intermission Program. Others have worked as
police officers, a professional illustrator, and a Disney cast member. Several were Eagle Scouts, one is a former powerlifter, and another is a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol. The diversity of skills and backgrounds they offer will
strengthen the ability of the JAG Corps to provide superb legal solutions across the full spectrum of missions and operational environments. Our future colleagues are those who continue the high academic and intellectual
reputation of the Navy JAG Corps by having participated in moot court and mock trial competitions, as well as having served as editors for law review and other law school journals. They are fluent in a host of languages,
including Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Arabic, and have studied or worked abroad in places like Chile, Japan, Germany, China, Tanzania, Kenya, Switzerland, Israel,
Austria, Vietnam, and Jordan. Twenty-three of the fifty-five accessions completed internships or externships with the Navy JAG Corps- clear evidence of the strong support you provide to our Internship/Externship Program!