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Army Legal Services

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The Army takes qualified solicitors and barristers as their 'in-house' legal advisors in peacetime and on operations, and commissions them as Officers. Whilst all the armed forces are self-reliant in terms of legal services, by contrast to the Army's recruitment of outside professionals, the Royal Navy sponsors their experienced existing personnel through legal training.

The Army Legal Services (ALS) remit includes legal advice to the Army chain of command, legal training for the Army on operations and operational legal support in theatre, Army prosecutors for the Tri-Service Prosecuting Authority, and a personal legal advice service for soldiers and their families.

Clients can therefore be senior generals to private soldiers; work can be the prosecution of serious criminal cases at courts-martial, to deploying as legal advisors with combat forces on operations worldwide.

A major selling point is the lifestyle on offer, encompassing travel, postings abroad, training, sport and adventure. Any talk of 'targets', is more likley to do with a rifle range than a reference to billing. They will be looking not only for the academics, but fitness and leadership qualities too. Good career promotion and benefits are touted, as well as regular movement between jobs / postings (every 2 years). There are currently around 125 Officers in the ALS.

The RAF have advertised for Solicitors and Barristers via their own careers website, see below.

Army Legal Services
Recruiting at the Directorate of ALS
Building 398
Trenchard Lines
Upavon, Pewsey
Tel: 01980 615 812
Link: http://www.army.mod.uk/agc/9935.aspx
Royal Air Force - Careers
Tel: 0845 605 5555
Link: http://www.raf.mod.uk/careers/

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