I am applying for Air Force JAG, and must write a motivational statement. Can anyone help with what those reading these statements are looking for? what are the best points to hit? and what is to be avoided?
Not sure exactly what the AF is looking for but the advise I got when I applied for Army JAG was to be honest and sincere in your motivational statement. So in other words don't just put what you think they want to hear. Personally, I have been a practicing lawyer for 6 1/2 years and I'm unsatisfied with the challenges and work I have done as an attorney. I was also prior Army intelligence for 8+ years prior to attending law school. So, without saying I hated being a civilian attorney I focused on what it was I liked about the military and how it differed from civilian life and how I now realize that I want to be in the Army again. The JAG interviewer told me my motivational/personal statement was excellent at our interview. But good points to always make are "Why the AF?" and "Why now?" if you want to send me your em address I'll copy and past my statement in a reply so you can look it over to maybe give you some ideas on how to write it. email@example.com What helped me was really just jotting down my various motivations and then after I had the basic ideas down, I tried to put them together in a format that logically flowed. Then after I finished with that I kept giving it the next day test and would let it sit for a day or so and then re-read it to see if I still liked what I had wrote. Once I found a version I liked, about 10 re-writes later, I stuck with it.
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