1947 JAG J. 1 (1947)

handle is hein.journals/naval1947 and id is 1 raw text is: S      *       *      *      *       OFFICE OF TiHE JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL OF THE NAVY  WAX ;WtGTON, 0. C.
AUGUST 1947

R. Adm. 0. S. Colclough, USN                    R. Adm. G. L. Russell, USN
The Judge Advocate General of the Navy     rhe Assistant Judge Advocate General of the Navy
FOREHtANDEDNESS always has been one of the prime attributes of a good naval officer. It
combines alert appraisal and comprehension of the situation-at-hand with the ability to
discern and plan agaiqst contingencies, and with the sure knowledge and professional skill
to meet the situation squarely and successfully. This quality is as necessary to officers
assigned to legal duties as it is to officers handling ships, or to Force Commanders engaged
in battle. The term should have a special significance to~lawyers, since a good lawyer is
distinguished more for his ability to foresee and avoid troubles for his clients than for his
skill in facing them when they arise.
The mission of THE JAG JOURNAL, therefore, is the development of legal forehandedness.
In its pages will be disclosed the full scope of the duties, responsibilities and objectives
of the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy. Current methods and procedures will
be discussed. I believe that with your full awareness of the situation and its contingencies
added to basic legal proficiency and knowledge of Office trends and Department policy, we can
work together to reduce avoidable errors, obviate needless delays, eliminate much dbplication
of effort and achieve a desirable degree of uniformity in aims, methods and results.
To this worthy endeavor I dedicate this informal publication. You can help it to accom-
plish its mission by your timely suggestions.

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