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Legal Command hosts first Army legal total joint force training

By Maj. Jeku Arce | U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command | Feb. 27, 2019

FORT BENNING, Ga. — U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command hosted the first on-site legal training that integrated active component, reserve component and National Guard, Feb. 22 to 24.

Last December, the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Lt. Gen. Charles Pede announced new changes to the active-reserve component total readiness and OSLT redesign. USARLC is approved to execute its plan to align all legal operations detachments and teams from their respective component’s Office of the Staff Judge Advocates to conduct training. 

In the announcement, Pede says that this alignment will foster long-term relationships within the legal community. 

“Take the time to get to know somebody you don’t know,” said Brig. Gen. Ural Glanville, USARLC commanding general, during his opening remarks. “I can tell you it pays off big dividends and it also leads to why we do our collective training.”

Key leaders from the Office of the Judge Advocate General and respective components spoke on the way ahead to ensure integration.

“Don’t be resistant - facilitate interactions between our components active, reserve, and guard,” said Brig. Gen. Daniel Hill, National Guard adviser to TJAG during his remarks. “It’s best for all of us to understand what we’re doing.” 

This regional OSLT, led by 213th Legal Operations Detachment, consisted of general assembly and breakout sessions separated by specialty. Sessions were led by instructors and senior leaders from all Army components that include the Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, Maneuver Center of Excellence, USARLC, 200th Military Police Command, U.S. Army Trial Defense Service, Fort Meade Forensic Toxicology Drug Testing Laboratory, and OTJAG. 

USARLC hosts multiple OSLTs across the continental U.S. during the fiscal year in order to train Army lawyers and paralegals on best practices and allow key leaders to provide insight on the state of the JAG Corps. Attendees can also receive continuing legal education credits with Soldier’s respective state bar approved classes.