Judge Advocate General of the Navy

The Judge Advocate General of the Navy (JAG) is the highest-ranking uniformed lawyer in the United States Department of the Navy. The Judge Advocate General is the principal advisor to the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations on legal matters pertaining to the Navy.[2] The Judge Advocate General also performs other duties prescribed to them under 10 U.S.C. § 5148 and those prescribed under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Judge Advocate General of the Department of the Navy
JAG
Seal of the Office of the Judge Advocate General
Incumbent
Vice Admiral John G. Hannink, JAGC, USN

since 12 September 2018[1]
Department of the Navy
Office of the Secretary
Reports toSecretary of the Navy
Chief of Naval Operations
SeatThe Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia, United States
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Term lengthFour years
Constituting instrument10 U.S.C. § 5148
Formation1880
First holderColonel William Butler Remey, USMC
DeputyDeputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy
WebsiteOfficial Website

Duties

The Judge Advocate General of the Navy, according to the United States Navy Regulations, has three principal roles: Staff Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, commanding the Office of the Judge Advocate General (OJAG), and is Chief of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

The Judge Advocate General maintains a close working relationship with the General Counsel of the Department of the Navy, the senior civilian lawyer in the Department of the Navy.

The Judge Advocate General:[3]

  • provides or supervises the provision of all legal advice and related services throughout the Department of the Navy, except for the advice and services provided by the General Counsel;
  • performs the functions required or authorized by law;
  • provides legal and policy advice to the Secretary of the Navy on military justice, administrative law, claims, operational and international law, and litigation involving these issues, and;
  • acts on other matters as directed by the Secretary of the Navy.

The principal deputy to the JAG is the Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy who is dual-hatted as Commander, Naval Legal Service Command (NLSC).

Nomination and appointment

The Judge Advocate General is nominated for appointment by the President with the advice and/or suggestion of the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Navy, and must be confirmed via majority vote by the Senate. The Judge Advocate General is appointed to a four-year term of office but they historically serve for three. The Judge Advocate General has also historically been a naval officer, however, statute states that a Marine officer can be appointed to the position as long as they meet the requirements stated in the section.[2]

Previously, the Judge Advocate General was appointed as a two-star rear admiral. In 2008, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 advanced the position of the Judge Advocate General to a statutory three-star vice admiral or lieutenant general.[4][5] The statutory three-star rank was amended and struck from U.S. law in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017,[6][7] however the Navy currently still appoints the JAG to that rank.

Other than age and years of military service, there is no other statute of limitations on how many times the JAG can be renominated for appointment to that position if the President so chooses, however the JAG normally serves one term.

List of Judge Advocates General of the Navy

NamePhotoBranchTerm beganTerm ended
1.Col William Butler RemeyUSMC18801892
2.CAPT Samuel Conrad LemlyUSN18921904
3.CAPT Samuel Willauer Black DiehlUSN19041907
4.CAPT Edward Hale CampbellUSN19071909
5.CAPT Robert Lee RusellUSN19091913
6.CAPT Ridley McLeanUSN19131916
7.CAPT William Carleton WattsUSN19171918
8.RADM George Ramsey ClarkUSN19181921
9.RADM Julian Lane LatimerUSN19211925
10.RADM Edward Hale CampbellUSN19251929
11.RADM David F. SellersUSN19291931
12.RADM Orin Gould MurfinUSN19311934
13.RADM Claude Charles BlockUSN19341936
14.RADM Gilbert Jonathan RowcliffUSN19361938
15.RADM Walter Browne WoodsonUSN19381943
16.RADM Thomas Leigh GatchUSN19431945
17.RADM Oswald Symister ColcloughUSN19451948
18.RADM George Lucius RussellUSN19481952
19.RADM Ira Hudson NunnUSN19521956
20.RADM Chester Charles WardUSN19561960
21.RADM William Chamberlain MottUSN19601964
22.RADM Wilfred Asquith HearnUSN19641968
23.RADM Joseph Bryan McDevittUSN19681972
24.RADM Merlin Howard StaringUSN19721975
25.RADM Horace Bascomb Robertson, Jr.USN19751976
26.RADM William Owen MillerUSN19761978
27.RADM Charles Eager McDowellUSN19781980
28.RADM John Smith JenkinsUSN19801982
29.RADM James Joseph McHughUSN19821984
30.RADM Thomas Edward FlynnUSN19841986
31.RADM Hugh Don CampbellUSN19861988
32.RADM Everett Don StumbaughUSN19881990
33.RADM John Edward GordonUSN19901992
34.RADM William Leon Schachte, Jr.USN19921993
35.RADM Harold Eric GrantUSN19931997
36.RADM John Dudley HutsonUSN19972000
37.RADM Donald J. GuterUSN20002002
38.RADM Michael F. LohrUSN20022004
39.RADM James E. McPhersonUSN20042006
40.VADM Bruce E. MacDonaldUSN20062009
41.VADM James W. HouckUSNAugust 14, 2009July 20, 2012
42.VADM Nanette M. DeRenziUSNJuly 20, 2012June 26, 2015
43.VADM James W. Crawford, IIIUSNJune 26, 2015September 12, 2018
44.VADM John G. HanninkUSNSeptember 12, 2018Incumbent

See also

Notes

  1. http://jag.navylive.dodlive.mil/2018/09/12/navy-jag-corps-holds-change-of-office-ceremony-2/
  2. Archived 2009-04-30 at the Wayback Machine 10 USC 5148. Judge Advocate General’s Corps: Office of the Judge Advocate General; Judge Advocate General; appointment, term, emoluments, duties.
  3. United States Naval Regulations, Sections 0330 & 0331, Accessed on 2011-03-24.
  4. Pub.L. 110-181: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008
  5. Pub.L. 110-181: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 full text
  6. Pub.L. 114-328: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
  7. Pub.L. 114-328: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 full text
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