250X - Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps

Designator Description


The Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps Direct Appointment Program (DA) permits attorneys to be appointed directly into the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps as lieutenants (junior grade) in the U.S. Naval Reserve for eight years and serve on active duty for at least the first three or four years of that obligation. Currently practicing before federal/state court (must already have Bar license). This is a small program. For the foreseeable future, only two attorneys will be commissioned annually.

Voluntary Education

Voluntary Education

In addition to obtaining certifications in your field, voluntary education is another way to enhance job performance. Options for voluntary education include:

For help in making informed choices on schools and education programs when using tuition assistance, see:

Collateral Duty / Out of Rate Assignments

Navy collateral duties/out of rate assignments play a vital role in the day-to-day operations and duties that Officers and Enlisted Sailors perform. Certifications and licenses are also available in these collateral duties/out of rate assignments, so please go to the Collateral Duty/Out of Rate Assignments search feature (under the Navigator) and explore more opportunities to get certified.

Opportunities Related to Academic Degrees

Out of rate or designator requests for exam funding for credentials related to an earned academic degree or a semester course may also be funded if it can be directly related to an industry certification or state license.

For example, if you have a degree in Human Resources but are serving as a Culinary Specialist, you can get funding for a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.

If the completed degree is not in the Sailor's Joint Service Transcript (JST), the Sailor must provide proof of completion with the Voucher Request Form, OPNAV 1500/57 for funding approval. The requested credential must be included on the Navy COOL website, and the Sailor must meet all other eligibility requirements.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities for Prior Rate or Designator Sailors

If you have cross-rated or redesignated, you now are eligible for certifications and licenses mapped to your prior rating or designator. The “Navy Bucks” icon on the Navy COOL page for your previous position/rate indicates which certifications and licenses may be funded.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities Related to Off-Duty or Command-Sponsored Training

If you can document that you have completed an on- or off-duty training course that fully prepares you for a civilian certification or license, you may now be eligible to have the credential exam funded.

For example, if you took a Command-sponsored Emergency Medical Technician course, you may be eligible for funding for an EMT Basic credential.

The requested credential must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.

College course completion must be annotated in your Joint Service Transcript. Formal off-duty or command-sponsored training should be visible in your Electronic Training Jacket (ETJ). In lieu of an ETJ entry (where training cannot be entered into the ETJ) you will need to submit some form of, proof of completion (a certificate of completion from the course/training is sufficient). If neither of the previously mentioned methods of validating proof of completion are available, then a command correspondence (such as a command letter, memo, or PG-13 form) describing the training along with the OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities for Navy Reservists

If you are a Navy Reservist, officer or enlisted, you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to your civilian occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.

To validate your civilian occupation, you will need a screen shot from Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) showing the Civilian Occupational Code. Please send the NSIPS screenshot with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

In lieu of NSIPS documentation you may also submit a command endorsed and executed NAVPERS 1070/613 (PG-13) Administrative Remarks form noting your civilian occupation along with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form). You must sign the PG-13.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Prior Other-Service Occupation

If you are Navy (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to prior other-Service (Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard) occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks Navy Bucks icon icon to be funded.

To validate your prior other-Service occupation, you will need to provide Navy COOL with a document (e.g. DD-214; or Military Service School completion certificate; or other document) showing your other-Service occupation. Please send the document (scanned & emailed) with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Credentials Earned & Maintained Prior to Joining the Navy

If you are Navy (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials that were earned, and maintained, prior to entering the Navy. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks Navy Bucks icon icon to be funded.

To validate your earned & maintained credential, you will need to provide Navy COOL with a scanned or emailed document (e.g. credential certificate document, screenshot from your credential dashboard, digital badge, etc…) showing the credential earned and maintained. Please send the document (scanned & emailed) with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

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Click here to go to Board Certification - Business Bankruptcy Law COOL Snapshot page.

Board Certification - Business Bankruptcy Law. Candidates must be engaged in the continuous practice of law, for at least a five-year period ending on December 31 of the calendar year in which the candidate applies for certification. Candidates must be licensed to practice law and be active members of the bar in at least one or more states or territories of the United States, and must have participated in at least sixty hours of continuing legal education (CLE) in both bankruptcy law and creditors' rights law within the thirty-six months immediately prior to seeking certification. Candidates must make a satisfactory showing of qualification in the specialty area through peer review by providing nine references by lawyers familiar with the competence and qualification of the candidate in the specialty area. Candidates must also pass an examination, which consists of 50 multiple choice questions, and a section consisting of essay questions. This credential must be renewed every four years.
Click here to go to Board Certification - Consumer Bankruptcy Law COOL Snapshot page.

Board Certification - Consumer Bankruptcy Law. Candidates must be engaged in the continuous practice of law, for at least a five-year period ending on December 31 of the calendar year in which the candidate applies for certification. Candidates must be licensed to practice law and be active members of the bar in at least one or more states or territories of the United States, and must have participated in at least sixty hours of continuing legal education (CLE) in both bankruptcy law and creditors' rights law within the thirty-six months immediately prior to seeking certification. Candidates must make a satisfactory showing of qualification in the specialty area through peer review by providing nine references by lawyers familiar with the competence and qualification of the candidate in the specialty area. Candidates must also pass an examination, which consists of 50 multiple choice questions, and a section consisting of essay questions. This credential must be renewed every four years.
Click here to go to Board Certification - Creditors' Rights Law COOL Snapshot page.

Board Certification - Creditors' Rights Law. Candidates must be engaged in the continuous practice of law, for at least a five-year period ending on December 31 of the calendar year in which the candidate applies for certification. Candidates must be licensed to practice law and be active members of the bar in at least one or more states or territories of the United States, and must have participated in at least sixty hours of continuing legal education (CLE) in both bankruptcy law and creditors' rights law within the thirty-six months immediately prior to seeking certification. Candidates must make a satisfactory showing of qualification in the specialty area through peer review by providing nine references by lawyers familiar with the competence and qualification of the candidate in the specialty area. Candidates must also pass an examination, which consists of 50 multiple choice questions, and a section consisting of essay questions. This credential must be renewed every four years.
Click here to go to Estate Planning Law Specialist COOL Snapshot page.

Estate Planning Law Specialist. This certification is for experienced attorneys who demonstrate a high level of professionalism and commitment to the concept of specialization. Candidates must have five or more years as an estate planning attorney, during which at least 1/3 of the attorney's practice is devoted to estate planning; have 12 or more hours of continuing legal education in estate planning topics per year for the last three years; verification of professional liability insurance coverage; and have recommendations from at least five colleagues that are not related to or within the same firm as the candidate. Candidates must also pass a comprehensive examination, which is designed so that competent attorneys who have constant exposure to estate planning can pass without substantial independent study.
Click here to go to Board Certification in Civil Trial Advocacy COOL Snapshot page.

Board Certification in Civil Trial Advocacy. This is an advanced-level credential. Board certified civil trial lawyers represent private parties who typically are suing or being sued for money damages. These lawyers are qualified to try cases before juries and judges in state and federal courts. They are also competent in resolving disputes before lawsuits are filed, handling mediations and arbitrations. Applicants must furnish evidence of their good standing in the state of their admission, or if admitted in more than one state, in the state of their principal practice; along with having spent five years in the actual practice of civil law. Applicants must be able to show substantial involvement relevant to civil law, with at least thirty percent of their time spent practicing civil trial litigation during the three years preceding the filing of the application for certification. Within the applicant's career, the applicant must make a satisfactory showing of substantial involvement relevant to civil law by personal participation in at least forty-five days of trial during which the applicant examined or cross-examined witnesses, delivered an opening statement or closing argument or conducted a voir dire jury examination. The applicant must also have actively participated in one hundred additional contested matters involving the taking of testimony, along with demonstrating substantial participation in continuing legal education. Applicants must also submit professional references, a legal writing document, and pass an examination testing their proficiency, knowledge, and experience in civil law.
Click here to go to Board Certification in Criminal Trial Advocacy COOL Snapshot page.

Board Certification in Criminal Trial Advocacy. This is an advanced-level credential. Board certified criminal trial lawyers engage in the practice of law dealing with the defense and prosecution of misdemeanor and felony crimes in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Applicants must furnish evidence of their good standing in the state of their admission, or if admitted in more than one state, in the state of their principal practice; along with having spent five years in the actual practice of criminal law. Applicants must be able to show substantial involvement relevant to criminal law, with at least thirty percent of their time spent practicing criminal trial litigation during the three years preceding the filing of the application for certification. Within the applicant's career, the applicant must make a satisfactory showing of substantial involvement relevant to criminal law by personal participation in at least forty-five days of trial during which the applicant examined or cross-examined witnesses, delivered an opening statement or closing argument or conducted a voir dire jury examination. The applicant must also have actively participated in one hundred additional contested matters involving the taking of testimony, along with demonstrating substantial participation in continuing legal education. Applicants must also submit professional references, a legal writing document, and pass an examination testing their proficiency, knowledge, and experience in criminal law.
Click here to go to Board Certification in Family Law Trial Advocacy COOL Snapshot page.

Board Certification in Family Law Trial Advocacy. This is an advanced-level credential. Board certified family trial lawyers engage in the practice of law dealing with legal cases arising from the family relationship of husband and wife, cohabitant and parent and child. It includes litigation of civil controversies arising from those relationships. In addition, a Board Certified Family Lawyer's duty includes evaluating, handling and resolving such controversies prior to the initiation of a suit and post judgment proceedings. Applicants must furnish evidence of their good standing in the state of their admission, or if admitted in more than one state, in the state of their principal practice; along with having spent five years in the actual practice of family law. Applicants must be able to show substantial involvement relevant to family law, with at least thirty percent of their time spent practicing family trial litigation during the three years preceding the filing of the application for certification. Within the applicant's career, the applicant must make a satisfactory showing of substantial involvement relevant to family law by personal participation in at least forty-five days of trial during which the applicant examined or cross-examined witnesses, delivered an opening statement or closing argument or conducted a voir dire jury examination. The applicant must also have actively participated in one hundred additional contested matters involving the taking of testimony, along with demonstrating substantial participation in continuing legal education. Applicants must also submit professional references, a legal writing document, and pass an examination testing their proficiency, knowledge, and experience in family law.

In Demand

This certification is considered in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsored CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings.

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Navy Bucks

Credential voucher or reimbursement for credential exam, re-certification, or maintenance fee has been approved for payment through the Navy's Credential Program Office. To get a voucher request form, click Menu at the top of any page, then click "2 Complete Voucher and Apply" under Credentialing Steps.

GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

Note: GI Bill approval data is updated quarterly. For the latest information, visit the WEAMS Licenses/Certifications Search page. Make sure to select "Both" in the LAC Category Type drop-down before searching.

Click to go to the external link for GI Bill licensing and certification information.

Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the rating (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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Registered Apprenticeship

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