“Because JAGs transfer so frequently, most do not gain the necessary experience to try cases, defend the accused, or represent a survivor adequately,” she said in a statement. "Moreover, JAGs are encouraged to have a broad range of experience, which means that a JAG who has very little experience trying cases may be assigned to a complex sexual assault case. Our service members deserve better. Our bill will change that and model the military justice system after the civilian system where lawyers become experts in their fields.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on a bill that would require all branches of the U.S. armed forces to create a specialized litigation career track for judge advocates. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) co-sponsored the bill.