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Servicing two Flag Officers, 59 ROTC units and more than 100 Navy commands throughout a 16-state region: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana  and Ohio.

In October 2012, the Judge Advocate General’s Corps reorganized the Naval Legal Service Command (NLSC) to meet the Navy’s evolving demands for expeditionary legal services support while continuing to provide quality military justice service. To prepare the JAG Corps to meet the challenges that lie ahead, the JAG Corps replaced the Naval Legal Service Offices (NLSOs) with Defense Service Offices (DSOs). The DSOs’mission will be to defend service members in military justice proceedings, represent them at administrative boards, and provide other representational services, including advice on non-judicial punishment and adverse personnel actions.

NLSO transferred the mission of providing legal assistance services to the Region Legal Service Office (RLSO). Legal assistance services include wills and powers of attorney, and matters involving consumer, family, landlord-tenant, and predatory lending law.

This realignment will change the way Sailors receive defense services in 12 locations around the fleet. This change will be similar to the way Sailors currently receive personal defense services when they are at sea. Sailors requesting defense services such as representation for courts-martial or administrative boards will make initial contact with an attorney by telephone or other remote communication technology, with subsequent in-person consultation arranged, if necessary. These locations are Everett, Whidbey Island, Port Hueneme, Lemoore, Corpus Christi, New Orleans, Millington, Kings Bay, Guantanamo Bay, Newport, Earle, and Sigonella.

Navy commands will retain their current staff judge advocate support. RLSOs will continue to provide court-martial prosecution and command legal advice to Navy region and installation commanders, and tenant commands such as ships and squadrons.

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