United States Marine Corps Judge Advocate Division

The Judge Advocate Division United States Marine Corps' serves both to advise the Commandant of the Marine Corps and Headquarters, Marine Corps on legal matters, and to oversee the Marine Corps legal community. The head of the Judge Advocate Division (JAD) is the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) to the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC). Military attorneys (or judge advocates) in the Marine Corps work under the supervision of the SJA to the CMC to advise Marine commanders regarding legal issues including the laws of war, and to prosecute and defend courts-martial. Marine Corps lawyers are line officers, unlike their counterparts in the United States Navy and Army, which means they can fill any officer billet in the Fleet Marine Force.


The SJA to CMC has three deputies. One serves as Deputy SJA and Deputy Director of JAD for HQMC Legal Support. Another serves as Deputy Director of JAD for Military Justice and Community Development. The third serves as Deputy Director of JAD for Reserve Legal Support. JAD is divided into seven branches that fall under two of the three deputies:

The SJA to CMC also exercises functional supervision over two independent legal organizations within the Marine Corps:

Staff Judge Advocates to the Commandant

The list of SJAs to the CMC includes:

  • Colonel Charles B. Sevier; 1966-1968
  • Colonel Marion G. Truesdale; 1968–1969
  • Brigadier General Duane L. Faw; 1969–1971
  • Brigadier General Clyde R. Mann; 1971–1973
  • Brigadier General John R. De Barr; 1973–1976
  • Brigadier General Robert J. Chadwick; 1976–1978
  • Brigadier General James P. King; 1978–1980
  • Brigadier General William H. J. Tiernan; 1980–1983
  • Brigadier General Walter J. Donovan; 1983–1985

    Marine Corps judge advocates

    Marine Corps judge advocates, or JAs, are licensed attorneys who are also officers in the Marine Corps. Each JA is a line officer in the Marine Corps, and goes through the same initial training as any other Marine officer. Upon graduation from TBS, the Marine attends Naval Justice School where they are instructed in the fundamental principles of military justice, civil and administrative law, and legal assistance, with practical application of those principles, in order to assist in the attainment of good order and discipline and a high standard of legal practice and administration. Upon graduation from the school, the Marine is designated as a Judge Advocate (MOS 4402) and will begin their tour in the Fleet Marine Force as an attorney.

    As line officers, Marine JAs often serve in non-legal assignments, including command of battalions across the Marine Corps.

    See also


     This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.

    1. Biography for Vaughn Ary on USMC website
    2. 2014-"Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant". http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/sja/Leaders/tabid/9643/Article/167127/major-general-john-r-ewers.aspx. External link in |website= (help);
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