Air National Guard Units (Title 32) ATTORNEY-ADVISER (GENERAL) in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Job Overview

Job Overview

This National Guard position is for a ATTORNEY-ADVISER (GENERAL), Position Description Number D2250000 and is part of the AR ANG 188 WGH WG, National Guard.

The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States. Since the earliest American colonial days, citizens have joined together for collective defense. We have a proud tradition of coming to the aid of our friends and neighbors in times of serious emergencies. Join our National Guard team and serve your nation, your states and your community!

NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED: This is an excepted service position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the National Guard. Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform. Acceptance of an excepted service position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment. Applicants who are not currently a member of the National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the National Guard in the military grade listed in this announcement.

  1. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW: Advises Commander and staff on interpretation of federal statutes and regulations, ensures that legal advice, consultation, and collaboration is furnished in a timely manner. Advises senior leadership of the alternatives and possible solutions which are legally permissible or desirable.

  2. LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW: Provides advisory, guidance, consultation, and collaboration to Commander, staff, and supervisors. Coordinates with State Human Resources Office and the State Judge Advocate on all labor law training as well as impact on established programs, procedures, and methods of operation. Provides preventive law guidance to management personnel on the impact of regulatory changes. At the request of the State Judge Advocate: Prepares, researches and issues oral and written opinions, and may, upon designation by the State Adjutant General, participate in collective bargaining as a member of the management negotiating team and represent the organization in third-party administrative, quasi-judicial, and judicial proceedings. Makes recommendations for or against litigation based upon the weight of the evidence, importance of the case, necessity of uniform application of the law, the cost of litigation and other factors which weigh on the advisability of initiating suit.

  3. ETHICS: As the SME in Government Ethics, provides training to all unit members, staff and personnel on matters such as 1) Financial disclosure programs and reviews; 2) Ethics counselor program training, advice and assistance; 3) Post-government employment program advice and assistance; and 4) Gift acceptance programs, including gifts of travel, gifts to the command and service member.

  4. LEGAL ASSISTANCE: Provides legal assistance on a non-interference basis to members of the ANG, spouses of members, and family members as authorized by ANGI 51-504, AFI 51-504 (when applicable), CNGBI, NGR, and other AF/JA guidance and, as resources and expertise permit, legal assistance may also be provided to Active Component members, other Reserve Component members, and retirees of any military service. In line with professional responsibility standards, may provide legal assistance with respect to the following legal matters to eligible beneficiaries: wills, powers of attorney, living wills and health care directives, notary services, dependent care plans, casualty affairs (death incident to the performance of military duty), employment problems arising from the performance of military duty and subject to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) or a similar state statute, landlord-tenant problems specifically related to performance of military duty, tax problems specifically related to performance of military duty, matters arising from the performance of military duty and subject to the Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA) or a similar state statute, providing special victim's counsel (SVC) services, and other legal assistance as approved by the National Guard Bureau (NGB) and the Air Force, or by the State Headquarters (HQ) Staff Judge Advocate (SJA), the Wing Commander (CC), or other appropriate commander (CC), or the unit SJA.

  5. POLICY SETTING: Formulates Wing legal policy and its execution; legal representation; legal initiatives; constitutional, civil, criminal, labor law; a full spectrum of expert legal advice to Wing leaders.

  6. MILITARY JUSTICE: Prepares and renders legal advice and opinions to commanders and senior staff regarding military justice options. Prepares and renders legal advice on disciplinary matters, nonjudicial punishment, and statutory pretrial advice in prospective court-martial cases. Prepares statutory post-trial advice and actions of convening authority. 5%

  7. DISABILITY EVALUATION SYSTEM (DES): Provides legal advice, legal briefings, and counsel to Wing leadership on the DES process. May review the case file and Airman's medical records to evaluate potential and likely outcomes, when dedicated counsel is not otherwise available to the airman, and with Wing commander approval, to the extent it does not interfere or conflict with other assigned duties.

  8. DOMESTIC OPERATIONS: Provides professional legal advice and opinions on issues arising from federal laws and regulations and their application to the National Guard or concerning the federal mission of the National Guard, including homeland defense and security, emergency response, and application of state/territory compacts. Provides training on Posse Comitatus and the governing legal principles applicable to the rules for use of force (RUF), including the use of both lethal and nonlethal force, and rules of engagement (ROE).

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

(1) Onboard Arkansas Air National Guard Technicians at the 188th. (2) All Members of the Arkansas Air National Guard or those eligible to become members. (Upon selection, must be a member of the Air National Guard).

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • National Guard Membership is required.
  • Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Federal employment suitability as determined by a background investigation.
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.

GENERAL EXPERIENCE:All series personnel must be competent at the next higher level before being eligible for that level. An applicant must have a validated understanding of the basic principles and concepts of the occupational series and grade

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE*:*Must have at least 12 months working experiences as a professional Attorney Advisor. Experienced in the Air National Guard programs and organizational mission requirements. Competent in providing legal interpretation and guidance to ANG managers and senior leaders on United States Code Title 32 § 709, National Guard Program. Able to recognize and identify complex constitutional, state-federal, and military civilian jurisdictional issues frequently associated with the organization and administration of theTitle 32 National Guard, and articulate them in the appropriate forum or context. Competent in providing legal interpretation and guidance to managers and senior leaders on 10 United States Code, and the state equivalent to the federal Uniform Code of Military Justice. Experienced in conducting legal research in connection with cases pending administrative hearings, trials before courts of original jurisdiction, or arguments in appellate courts. Experienced in addressing legal questions referred by administrative officials of the employing agency, such as questions concerning the interpretation and application of statutes, rules,and regulations as they pertain to contracts, claims, or other legal instruments involving private business,state, local, national, or foreign governments. Experienced in addressing questions regarding the effects of provisions of proposed legislation or proposed changes in agency policies or regulations. Experienced in researching and providing legal advice in functional areas of Administrative, Labor, Medical and Physical Disability and Ethics Law. Additionally, capable of providing legal assistance in accordance with prescribed instructions and within legal guidelines. Experienced in planning, coordinating, and formulating litigation strategies. Experienced in addressing complex and difficult legal questions and factual issues requiring extensive research, analysis and evaluation of available precedents. Experienced in dealing with issues in the functional areas and demonstrated abilities to quickly identify both the legal and judgmental issues. As a subject matter expert, experienced in determining the facts and recommending effective solutions with minimal guidance or supervision. Experienced in developing and providing solutions to conflicting or contradictory DoD regulations, directives, and policies, and other NGB or state legal guidance. Experienced in addressing and resolving complex and difficult legal case problems, legal questions, or issues involved in the drafting of interpretation or application of legislation, regulations, contracts, decisions, or opinions requiring a solution. Experienced in preparing memoranda of reports that outlined and analyzed the factual and legal issues. Experiences involved preparing legal documents or advisory opinions, participated in contract negations, and examined documents for legal sufficiency. Skilled as a legal litigator and experienced in preparing litigation reports, briefs, pleadings, and other papers associated with civil litigations. Experienced in addressing Federal Labor-Management relations and skilled as a participating collective bargaining member of the management negotiating team. Skilled as the subject-matter expert to address complex and constantly evolving area of Medical and Physical Disability and Domestics Operations Law; conducted legal research, investigation and negotiation, and provided legal advice, opinions, recommendations, and legal memoranda. Experienced in reviewing programs that required analysis of interrelated issues of effectiveness, efficiency, or productivity; and, developed recommendations to resolve issues and problems. Competent in developing recommendations for overall detailed plans, goals, and objectives for implementation and evaluation of the legal program. Experienced in addressing issues, problems or concepts and skilled in observations and analysis projections. Experiences included addressing difficult and sensitive issues based on variations in the nature of the processes evaluated, the diverse missions of the units assigned, and resource limitations. Experienced in compiling, reconciling, and correlating data from a various sources, separate service programs, and integral record systems. Experienced in researching, cross-checking information, and interpreting data to obtain accurate and relevant information. Experienced and skilled in collecting information, documenting data to substantiate and validate findings, facts, or violations of government policies, procedures, and instructions. Skilled in negotiating with those who resist responding or cooperating, due to such issues as organizational conflict, competing objectives, or limited resources. Skilled in influencing managers or other staff officials to accept and implement findings or recommendations. Competent to meet with senior military and civilian leadership, high-ranking managers to include Adjutants General, commanders, other staff judge advocates, or other external agencies such as, representatives of the local community and private support organizations, state and local government authorities, or attorneys on an ad-hoc basis.

In addition to the standard education requirements and law degree qualifications, education achievements are allowed as limited substitutions specialized experience factors in GS-0905-12, JFHQ Attorney-Adviser position; the GS-0905-12, ANG Wing Attorney-Adviser position; or, for the GS-0905-13, JFHQ Attorney--Adviser position.

PLACEMENT FACTORS: (1) Knowledge of Administrative and Labor and Employment Law to include federal, state, local laws and the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). (2) Knowledge of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), fiscal law, unfavorable personnel actions, standards of conduct, family advocacy and public relations. (3) Ability to research, analyze, and interpret federal, state and local law, administrative decisions, case law, legal opinions, and Department of Defense, Air Force, and National Guard instructions and Regulations. (4) Ability to prepare, research and issue oral and written legal opinions. (5) Completion of appropriate technical school/Career Development Courses (CDCs).

EDUCATION: Air National Guard Officers: For entry into the Air National Guard JAG Corps/Attorney-Adviser, it is mandatory to have a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree in law issued by an ABA-accredited law school; and, must be admitted to practice law in the highest court of any U.S. state, commonwealth, territory or the District of Columbia.


Compatible military grade and assignment required prior to the effective date of placement. This is an excepted service position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the employing state's National Guard. Applicants who are not currently a member of the National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership. If you are not sure you are eligible for military membership, please contact a National Guard recruiter prior to applying for this position.

Military Grades:

  • Minimum Military Grade: Maj (O-4)
  • Maximum Military Grade: Lt Col/O-5

Compatible Military Assignments: Selectee must be a member of the Arkansas Air National Guard and be assigned to the 188th WG in a compatible military position in Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC)

Must possess or be able to obtain a Secret Security Clearance. Technicians will not be militarily senior to their full-time supervisor or wage leader (Grade Inversion).

Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Your application will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application.


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Other Information

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency (

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-14 to 2017-07-31

Salary: $72,168 to $93,821 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 12

Series: 0905 Attorney

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time

Job announcement number: AR-10015189-AF-17-035

Control number: 474478900