Attorney-Adviser (General)

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Mar 28, 2023
Mar 31, 2023
Full Time

  • Prepares opinions and furnishes advice on general questions of law involving the organization, powers, functions, and employment of military personnel at the Agency.
  • Advises the Command and Directors as to their powers and duties, and the delegations thereof.
  • Advises as to the application of law relating to the Army Reserve and its members generally. Provides advice on the full gamut of administrative law issues.
  • Analyzes Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act issues and cases. Prepares legal review of FOIA requests and provides oral and written advice to the Agency and its leadership regarding these requests.
  • Prepares legal opinions and furnishes advice regarding the Commander's authority with respect to the Agency.
  • This includes such matters as jurisdiction over Soldiers under his control and legal problems incident to the personnel management of Soldiers under the Commander's jurisdiction.
  • Advises AR 15-6 Investigating Officers and other administrative investigating officers.
  • Performs legal review of Inspector General Reports of Investigation, 15-6 Investigations, Commander's inquiries, and other investigations, as appropriate.
  • Serves as an ethics counselor, as delegated by the authority of the Staff Judge Advocate, and renders opinions based on the Joint Ethics Regulation and other governing ethics laws and regulations.
  • Reviews and advises the MIRC Commander on all MOAs/MOUs proposed by lower level MIRC Commanders and/or Facilities Managers.
  • Provides expert, authoritative legal advice to the MIRC Commander and staff and subordinate units on intelligence and counterintelligence (CI) activities, information operations (IO), computer crime, and intelligence oversight.
  • Provides professional legal advice and representation to active duty and retired personnel, family members and authorized civilian personnel.
  • Provides advice concerning the fiscal process and statutory and regulatory constraints involved in funding military operations, and provides counsel on the acquisition of goods and services.
  • Provides advice on contract litigation support to Army Contract Appeals Division, to include GAO protests, claims, and appeals of contracting officers' decisions.
  • Reviews and assists in the drafting of legal documents concerning the use of installations' real property and facilities by other DoD, federal, state and local agencies and by private companies and individuals.
  • Coordinates with Corps of Engineers Districts, MACOMs, and HQDA regarding land use issues.
  • Conducts negotiations between installation staff and entities desiring use of installation real property, and reviews supporting Memoranda of Agreement and other support agreements.


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • A two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • This position requires the incumbent to maintain active bar membership, in good standing (as defined by the pertinent bar) of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

Applicants will be evaluated to determine if they meet the minimum qualification requirements and on the extent to which their application shows possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position. KSA's:
  • Skill in identifying and researching highly technical and complex legal issues.
  • Skill in providing legal, technical, and policy guidance.
  • Ability to effectively, professionally, and ethically manage a heavy caseload of clients with complex legal needs.
Qualification Requirements: The following minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration:

Education Requirements: Position requires the possession of the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) AND in good standing with the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. Applicants for initial appointment into attorney positions within the Department of Army must be graduates of law schools accredited by the American Bar Association at the time of the applicant's graduation. As indicated below, a law school transcript must be submitted with your application materials.

Bar Membership: Applicants must currently be a member in good standing (as defined by the pertinent bar) of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. As noted below, proof of such membership and good standing must be submitted with your application materials.

Experience: In addition to the requirements above, applicants for the GS-13 or equivalent Attorney positions must also possess 2 years of professional legal experience , acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Graduation from an ABA-Accredited Law School in the top 25% of the class or an advanced law degree such as an LLM may substitute for one year of the required professional legal experience.

Time in Grade: The Qualifying Authorities (QA's) will make a determination as to the applicability of time in grade based on the requirements of the position. If you are currently employed as an attorney by the Federal government you must have completed one year at the next lower grade level within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement, or previously served at the same or higher grade level as the position being filled.

NOTICE OF VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Defense considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty") to their submissions.

Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference", and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. The SF 15 will identify the supporting documentation required along with the list of the types of 10-point preference. The SF 15 is available from the OPM at .


Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at and .

Additional information

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 56 - Legal position.
  • Recruitment incentive may be authorized.
  • May be eligible for situational telework.
  • 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 .
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.