The United States Army Reserve Legal Command (USARLC) provides legal operational support (LOS) to commanders, staff judge advocates, legal advisors, institutions, and agencies through 28 Legal Operations Detachments (LODs) across the United States. LOD judge advocates (JAs) balance their civilian occupations with required individual and unit training as dictated by the ARFORGEN cycle. Consequently, mission support is subject to availability of legal resources.
Examples of the types of legal operational support coordinated by USARLC includes: Soldier Readiness Programs (SRP), Yellow Ribbon events, annual and specialized legal briefings, separation and elimination board recorders, investigating officers, legal advisors, Article 32 preliminary hearing officers, Special Victim Counsel, support to OTJAG, TJAGLCS, USALSA, PP&TO, COCOMS (CONUS and OCONUS), active Army installations, and various federal agencies.
Requesting Legal Operational Support (LOS):
Funding: LOS is subject to the availability of funds and constrained by the statutory limitations of annual training. Force Requestor (FR) requesting missions longer than 29 consecutive days must fund mission (duty days, travel, and per diem). IAW USARLC Travel Policy, USARLC may fund duty-days when sourced by LOD within allowable commuting distance of requested duty location. Generally, FR are expected to pay travel and per diem.
SUSPENSE FOR REQUESTING LEGAL OPERATIONAL SUPPORT. REQUESTS FOR ROUTINE, SPECIALIZED, AND INSTITUTIONAL, AGENCY, AND INTERMEDIATE-TERM LEGAL OPERATIONAL SUPPORT SHOULD BE SUBMITTED NLT 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF THE REQUESTED MISSION DATE. REQUESTS SUBMITTED LESS THAN 30 DAYS ARE CONSIDERED UNTIMELY AND MAY NOT BE FILLED.
1. Routine Legal Operational Support. To request legal operational support for SRPs (briefings, estate planning, POAs, etc.), Yellow Ribbon support, routine or specialized legal briefings (military justice, Law of War, ethics, etc.) complete the "Request for Legal Support" form (RLS) below:
2. Specialized Legal Operational Support
. Reserve and active component OSJAs and legal offices requesting specialized legal operational support (i.e. elimination or separation board recorders, investigating officers, legal advisors, Article 32 preliminary hearing officers, Special Victim Counsel, etc.) should complete and submit the RLS form and send a digital (PDF) copy to the USARLC G-3/5/7 Chief of Operations (CHOPS), LTC John Swanberg, at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Institutional, Agency, and Intermediate-Term Legal Operational Support
. Requests for institutional (OTJAG, TJAGLCS, USALSA, PP&TO, etc.), outside federal agency (DIILS, DLA, DSCA, etc.), and RC and AC intermediate-term legal operational support (14-29 consecutive days in length) should be sent directly to the USARLC CHOPS at email@example.com
4. Long-Term Legal Operational Support.
Requests for long-term legal operational support (29+ consecutive days in length) should be funded by the FR (see RLS Form) or sent to MAJ Rodney Stewart, PP&TO, Career Manager, Plans, and Mobilizations Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 703-545-2864, DSN, 312-865-2864.
*Personal Legal Services. Individual Soldiers who desire personal legal assistance services (personal Judge Advocate attorney advice on military and civilian matters) should click on the "Requests for Legal Assistance" tab above.