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 unfold 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

Comparable Industries

  • State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Judges in the Military

3,582

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Salary

Average Salary

$114,373

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Doctoral degree 52%
  • High school 22%
  • Post baccalaureate 8%
  • Post-master's certificate 8%
  • First professional degree 6%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 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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Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Law and Government
  • English Language
  • Psychology
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Public Safety and Security

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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