Military Judges

Military Career

General Information

Description

Military judges are selected by the Judge Advocate General and play many roles in the Military. They preside in trials, interpret the law, assess the evidence presented, and control how hearings and trials transpire in their courtrooms.

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Work Environment

Judges work in legal offices and courtrooms on land and aboard ships.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Judges in the Military

3,104

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Salary

Average Salary

$86,390

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Doctoral degree 66%
  • First professional degree 23%
  • Post-doctoral training 9%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for judges primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include: Military trial proceduresApplication of the Uniform Code of Military JusticeMethods of obtaining evidenceCourt-martial advocacy techniques

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Knowledge

  • Law and Government
  • English Language
  • Administration and Management
  • Psychology
  • Customer and Personal Service

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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