Updated: April 2021

What does a 5J0X1 do?

Manages and performs legal functions within statutory guidelines and the Air Force Rules of Professional Conduct. Under the supervision of an attorney, performs paraprofessional tasks including, but not limited to, legal research, writing, analysis interviewing and discovery management in the areas of administrative law, military justice, operational law, claims, and office management. Supervises the administration of legal services and court-reporting.

Where and How Long is the Tech School For a 5J0X1?

Tech School

35 Days - Maxwell AFB, AL



What Does the 5J0X1 Duty Badge Look Like?

Paralegal Badge

What are the Demographics for the 5J0X1 Career Field?







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What are the Requirements to Become a 5J0X1?


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  • Certification by the Wing Law Office Superintendent and Staff Judge Advocate that the individual has been interviewed and is acceptable for entry and recommendation for acceptance by MAJCOM Paralegal Functional Manager and/or CFM (retraining only).
  • No non-judicial punishment under the provisions of Article 15, UCMJ in the previous 6 years.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
  • Ability to keyboard at a minimum rate of 25 words per minute (WPM).
  • Ability to speak clearly and distinctly.
  • No record of emotional instability, personality disorder, or other unresolved mental health concerns that may result in the impairment of the paralegal duty function, or risk to the mission.
  • No record of substance abuse, domestic violence, or child abuse.
  • No convictions by courts-martial.
  • No convictions by a civilian court except for minor traffic violations and similar infractions listed in AFI 36-2002, Regular Air Force and Special Category Accessions.
  • No non-judicial punishment or administrative action (Letter of Reprimand, Letter of Admonishment, Letter of Counseling, or Record of Individual Counseling) based on sexual assault, sexual harassment, physical abuse or unprofessional or inappropriate relationship.
  • No non-judicial punishment or administrative action (Letter of Reprimand, Letter of Admonishment, Letter of Counseling, or Record of Individual Counseling) reflecting a lack of integrity, for violating ethical standards and/or professional responsibilities.
  • Specialty may require routine access to Secret material or similar.

What are the Duties and Responsibilities For a 5J0X1?

Plans, organizes, and directs legal services personnel in the areas of administrative law, military justice, operational law, claims and office management. Establishes standards and evaluates completed actions to determine accuracy, content, and compliance with governing directives and statutes. Prepares written communications, processes correspondence and maintains suspense files. Compiles inputs, updates, retrieves, and interprets statistical data; prepares and presents statistical reports on legal activities in various forums. Creates graphic presentations. Conducts legal research by reviewing and analyzing available precedents and makes final legal recommendations for the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) or other senior attorney. Maintains, stages and disposes of official records. Develops self-inspection checklists and performs self-assessments.

Develops and maintains legal assistance materials and resources for clients. Prepares for Inspector General and Article 6, UCMJ inspections.

Provides administrative and litigation support in processing and execution of all judicial and nonjudicial (Article 15) matters according to applicable laws and instructions, and the Manual for Courts-martial (MCM). Under the supervision of an attorney, examines preliminary evidence for sufficiency of facts and jurisdiction over offense(s) and offender; assists commanders and first sergeants with determining appropriate forum for disciplinary actions; performs legal research and drafts charges and specifications for courts-martial and Article 15 actions; prepares and processes all documentation/evidence required for courts-martial and Article 15 actions from investigation through final action; acts as a trial team member by assisting attorneys with investigating leads, conducting witness interviews, reviewing case status, and developing case strategy; examines all actions and records of legal proceedings to ensure accuracy and completeness prior to review by commanders and final processing; reviews and assembles transcripts of legal proceedings; and uses the Automated Military Justice Analysis and Management System (AMJAMS) and detailed checklists to monitor case progress and analyze military justice programs for commanders.

Under the supervision of an attorney; receives, examines, adjudicates, processes, and settles claims filed for and against the United States Government pursuant to Air Force publications, applicable laws, and international agreements with foreign governments; evaluates basic claims and related documents to ensure compliance with time limits, jurisdiction and liability. Consults with claimants on sufficiency and legality of claims covering matters such as death, personal injury, and property loss or damage. Conducts claims investigations and interviews witnesses to make preliminary determination of liability and extent of damages; settles claims within settlement authority or makes recommendations on settlement; performs legal research as necessary. Prepares claims for forwarding to appropriate activity or echelon; uses the Web-based Armed Forces Claims Information Management System (WebAFCIMS) for claims adjudication and program management.

Interviews clients and determines eligibility for legal assistance. Under the supervision of an attorney, consults clients to obtain facts, background information, and data to determine appropriate assistance or referral to other agencies; prepares documents such as powers of attorney, wills, promissory notes, deeds and bills of sale; functions as notary public under federal law (Title 10 USC); uses Web-based Legal Information Online System (WebLIONS) and Legal Assistance Website for managing legal assistance appointments, preparing documents, and generating reports.

Under the supervision of an attorney, performs duties in international, operational, and fiscal law arenas to include conducting Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) training, evaluating compliance with LOAC, and determining wartime Rules of Engagement.

Under the supervision of an attorney, performs duties as needed in the ethics/standards of conduct, environmental, labor and employment, contract, international, operational, and fiscal law arenas and drafts legal reviews and briefs as needed. Processes administrative separation actions, line of duty determinations, report of survey investigations, off-duty employment requests and drafts legal reviews and briefs as needed. Performs duties as a paralegal in Magistrate Court. Manages Magistrate Court Program and assists with representing USAF in proceedings. Manages resources.

Manpower, personnel and volunteer programs. Identifies manpower requirements, develops position descriptions and assigns workloads. Manages attached reserve component personnel requirements and training. Trains and mentors junior officers and enlisted personnel. Manages quarterly, annual, functional, and other award and recognition programs.

Fiscal. Assesses program priorities and fiscal support capabilities. Identifies resource requirements, ascertains appropriate funding sources, submits budgets, reviews and coordinates budget execution, implements adjustments and conducts follow-up. Allocates resources and administers fiscal internal controls.

Facilities. Assesses and processes requests for facility maintenance, modification and new construction to meet requirements. Develops and coordinates self-help projects. Schedules and evaluates facility usage and maintenance.

What Are the Specialty Qualifications for a 5J0X1?

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: keyboard and computer operation; UCMJ and MCM; preparing and processing claims; English grammar and composition; math; functional organization of a military legal office; interviewing techniques and knowledge of legal procedures concerning military courts and boards; legal terminology and interpretations; research and utilization of legal publications and reference files; administrative law matters; Air Force organization and administration; and office management.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school is required. Completion of college level courses in English comprehension, math, and computers is desirable.

Training. The following formal training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

  • 5J031. Completion of the Paralegal Apprentice Course.
  • 5J071. Completion of the Paralegal Craftsman Course.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

  • 5J051. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 5J031. Also, experience in general office management, administrative law, operational law and preparing and processing courts-martial and other military justice actions and processing claims for and against the United States Government.
  • 5J071. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 5J051. Also, experience in general office management, experience supervising, performing and training paralegal paraprofessional duties such as processing claims, military justice actions, administrative law, contract law, environmental law, and operational law.
  • 5J091. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 5J071. Also, experience in office management and managing paralegals in paraprofessional duties such as processing cases in military justice, claims, administrative law, contract law, and environmental law and operational law.

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What Are the Possible Assignments for 5J031?

  • Andersen, Guam
  • Aviano, Italy
  • Barksdale, Louisiana
  • Beale, California
  • Cannon, New Mexico
  • Davis-Monthan, Arizona
  • Dover, Delaware
  • Dyess, Texas
  • Edwards, California
  • Eielson, Alaska
  • Ellsworth, South Dakota
  • Fort Sam Houston, Texas
  • Holloman, New Mexico
  • Hurlburt Field, Florida
  • JB Andrews, Maryland
  • JB Charleston, South Carolina
  • JB Elmendorf-Rich, Alaska
  • JB Langley-Eustis, Virginia
  • JB Prl Hbr-Hickam, Hawaii
  • JBSA Lackland, Texas
  • Joint Base Lewis–McChord, Washington
  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • Kadena, Japan
  • Keesler, Mississippi
  • Kirtland, New Mexico
  • Kunsan, South Korea
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Luke, Arizona
  • MacDill, Florida
  • Malmstrom, Montana
  • Maxwell, Alabama
  • Mildenhall, United Kingdom
  • Minot, North Dakota
  • Misawa, Japan
  • Moody, Georgia
  • Mountain Home, Idaho
  • Nellis, Nevada
  • Offutt, Nebraska
  • Osan AB, South Korea
  • Ramstein, Germany
  • Robins, Georgia
  • Scott, Illinois
  • Seymour Johnson, North Carolina
  • Shaw, South Carolina
  • Spangdahlem AB, Germany
  • Travis, California
  • Tyndall, Florida
  • Whiteman, Missouri
  • Yokota, Japan

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