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On 14 June 2021, the USAFA Legal office resumed walk-in hours. In addition, we re-opened to all beneficiaries to include active duty, retirees, and dependents. Legal assistance, including wills, still require an appointment. We will continue to practice social distancing and require masks based on DoD mandate. Thank you for your continued patience as we adjust our schedule to accommodate everyone.

Our JAG Corps mission is a powerful force enabler: we deliver professional, candid, independent counsel, and full spectrum legal capabilities to command and the warfighter. The Air Force, like other Services, operates in an increasingly legalistic environment, which demands nothing less than the very best legal capability it can field. The Air Force JAG Corps supplies that demand with its talented and highly trained group of legal professionals.


Legal Assistance - The USAF Academy, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Community Legal Services staff provides legal assistance to eligible active duty service members, reserve members and guardsmen on federal orders, retirees, and their dependents. Legal assistance is limited to personal, civil matters, and includes trust and estate work, powers of attorney, notarial services, and general legal questions regarding personal civil matters. For general information and to schedule an appointment, visit the USAFA Legal Assistance Website. See AFI 51-304, Legal Assistance, Notary, Preventative Law and Tax Programs for more information on the scope of assistance we provide as well as legal assistance eligibility.

Military Justice Actions - The USAF Academy, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Military Justice Division works closely with commanders to handle disciplinary issues. Commanders should consult with the Staff Judge Advocate and the military justice personnel to determine suitable punishments for offenders. We suggest you consult with the Area Defense Counsel at (719) 333-2481, DSN 333-2481 or seek civilian counsel in any criminal matter.

Nonjudicial Punishments - Article 15 of the UCMJ allows commanders to dispose of certain offenses without trial by court-martial unless the service member objects. Service members first must be notified by their commanders of the nature of the charged offense, the evidence supporting the offense and of the commander's intent to impose nonjudicial punishment. The service member may then consult with a defense counsel to determine whether to accept nonjudicial punishment proceedings or demand trial by court-martial. Accepting Article 15 proceedings is not an admission of guilt; it is simply a choice of forum.

Administrative Discharges - Military personnel may be administratively removed from active duty service for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to fitness failures, minor disciplinary infractions, a pattern of misconduct, civilian convictions, and drug abuse. Three forms of discharge are available: Honorable, Under Honorable Conditions (General), and Under Other than Honorable Conditions (UOTHC). Each discharge differs in severity.

Other Disciplinary Actions - Letters of admonishment (LOA), counseling (LOC) or reprimand (LOR); verbal reprimand or admonition; establishing an Unfavorable Information File (UIF); placing the individual on a control roster; or utilizing other disciplinary tools to manage their troops are other disciplinary actions available to the commander. Judge Advocates review such documents or procedures for legal sufficiency of content and format.







Judge Advocate Important Links
Victim and Witness Assistance Program (VWAP)

USAFA Legal Assistance Website
U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
U.S. Air Force JAG Website

Federal Income Tax
IRS Forms and Publications

Tax Information for Servicemembers

State Income Tax
Tax Forms by State
Tax Assistance Links
The legal office currently does not have a tax center. Below are links to helpful resources as of June 2021:






Contact Us

2304 Cadet Drive Suite 2100
U.S. Air Force Academy, CO 80840
Phone: (719) 333-3920
Fax: (719) 333-3644

Map and directions from north and south gates


Walk-in hours to drop off for tort claims forms at Harmon Hall are Mondays thru Thursdays from 8:00am to 12:00pm and from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on all weekdays. You may also reach the claims office by phone at (719) 333-3920.

For moving claims and P-Claims, visit https://claims.jag.af.mil/legalassistance/. Follow the step-by-step on-line filing process. If you have any questions, email: AFCSC.JA@us.af.mil or call (937) 656-8044.

SAF/CGR-Conflict Resolution

The Air Force Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, administered by the Conflict Resolution Division (SAF/GCR) of the Air Force General Counsel's Office, promotes the use of conflict resolution skills at the earliest stage feasible, securing best-value resolutions for the Air Force.

ADR Deskbook for Acquisition Professionals.
Mediation Compendium: How to Manage and Mediate Workplace Disputes
Air Force Negotiation Center: Practical Guide to Negotiating in the Military

Office Hours

USAFA/JA Duty Hours:
Monday thru Thursday, 7:30am-4:30pm
Fridays, 7:30am-12:00pm, office closed for training (no USAFA business, legal assistance appointments, or walk-in services)
open 12:00pm-4:00pm

Legal Assistance Appointments:
Wills, health care powers of attorney, living wills, and other person civil matters are by appointment only. Call (719) 333-3920 to check for availably and book an appointment.

Walk-in Services:
(notaries and non-health care powers of attorney available on walk-in basis)
Monday thru Thursday, 8:00am-4:00pm
Fridays, 12:00pm-4:00pm only