These words say it all "they didn't hear anything back"
I'm sure they could have done more, but the fact is that there are way more qualified applicants to JAG than job opportunities.
So a great deal of applicants simply can't get a job there no matter what they do.
The argument (that someone else made) that getting into JAG is some sort of easy back-up plan is ridiculous.
It's almost as silly as those who claim anyone can get a job at a DAs office. Most public sector jobs are extremely competitive.
You make (sort of) a valid point. DA jobs are very
attractive in metropolitan areas. In rural areas, DA jobs are not that attractive. But yeah, in the major cities, DA jobs are only marginally behind BigLaw and Federal clerkships in terms of selectivity. JAG is more manageable, but still not an easy job to get by any means. Especially not if you're gay.:p
Edit: I obviously forgot USAO, which at the very least belong together with BigLaw and FedClerk.