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General Category => Military/Defense News => Topic started by: PeteS in CA on August 23, 2019, 12:57:58 PM

Title: SECNAV orders comprehensive review of Navy, Marine Corps JAGs
Post by: PeteS in CA on August 23, 2019, 12:57:58 PM
SECNAV orders comprehensive review of Navy, Marine Corps JAGs (https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-navy/2019/08/22/navsec-orders-comprehensive-review-of-navy-marine-corps-jags/)

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Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer on Wednesday expanded an ongoing Navy probe into its Judge Advocate General Corps to include Marine JAGs.

A Marine Corps veteran, Spencer ordered both the chief of naval operations and the Marine commandant to put the reports on his desk within 90 days and indicated he expected the “comprehensive review will have the support of the entire Navy and Marine Corps leadership teams.”

“There is value in applying this review and its subsequent recommendations across the Department of the Navy,” said Navy spokesman Cmdr. Jereal E. Dorsey in an email to Navy Times. "The review’s purpose is to confirm the uniformed legal community is structurally and organizationally sound and best supporting the good order and discipline our integrated Naval force.”

Spencer’s memorandum ordered the Navy and Marines to study the laws, regulations, policies, resourcing “and any corrective actions necessary” to revamp legal community training and professional development; organization and command relationships and oversight; staffing levels; and career progression of the sea services’ attorneys.

Is there anything in this verbal morass to points to potential reforms that will get paper-shuffling desk-driving lawyers off the asses of good effective sailors and Marines?! I would not defend actual war crimes, but it looks to me like valor-attacking lawyers are often gunning for service personnel who made tough fraction-of-a-second decisions that were effective rather than actual war crimes.