Legal offers retraining option

by Master Sgt. Mary Current 86th Airlift Wing Legal Office

The paralegal career field can be a satisfying experience for individuals considering retraining.

The primary mission of a paralegal is to assist attorneys in providing legal support to commanders, first sergeants and other key personnel on a broad spectrum of matters including the following: military justice administration, administrative boards, accident and collateral investigations, estate planning and tax assistance.

Interested Airmen wanting to retrain can find out more about the 5J Air Force specialty code from the Air Force Enlisted Classification Directory, part two.  All applicants must also be interviewed by base legal office leadership. Additionally, the 86th Force Support Squadron career assistance advisor hosts retraining briefings twice a month.

If selected for retraining, Airmen will obtain basic skills required to work at a base legal office such as familiarity with preparing and processing claims, interviewing techniques, knowledge of legal procedures concerning military courts and boards, legal terminology and interpretations, research methods and use of legal publications and civil law matters.

Finally, being a paralegal can be rewarding for individuals looking for a career that gives them a challenge, independence in their work, personal growth and, most importantly, a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.

For more information, contact the 86th Airlift Wing Law Office via email at