« on: December 18, 2007, 09:01:17 AM »
Currently a member of the reserves and having done 4 years active with a combat tour after which I was involuntarily extended and then having been called off of the IRR, I would concur with the previous poster.
I doubt a school will give you a two-year deferment, especially since you would not have SSCRA's protections. Every website I've read indicates only a one year deferment. I think the only way you could realistically pull it off would be going into the reserves, splitting your basic and AIT over summers. There is no way for you to become an officer at that point though, since I think you need at least 4 months consecutive, not including OBC. I would highly recommend you skip the enlisted or active duty non-JAG side of the house, and just come in as a direct commission after law school. Basically, my plan is just to become a JAG after passing the bar.
If you do enlist, I would highly recommend demanding that the recruiter get you 27D, which is a paralegal. It is probably the best MOS in the Army from the standpoint of the caliber of people you will work with, the exposure to various types of legal work, and overall suck factor. Everyone says it, but be very careful with the recruiters. If you only intend to be enlisted until you graduate from law school, keep in mind you'll be paying back a hefty chunk of that bonus. There are a lot of things to consider, and honestly, if you're just doing it for loan repayment or GI bill or something, I would think two or three times. Don't take this the wrong way, but any of the services, except the Air Force, are weird places, especially if you are enlisted with a degree. I came in with a degree from Vanderbilt, and I can't tell you the number of times I chafed at people above me who were idiots. It was a daily struggle, to be honest. In sum, I can only recommend that if you do this thing, go Air Force, it is much more intellectual and laid back, and unless you want to be some crazy-ass Ranger, the Army isn't that much fun.