The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (OSJA) provides DLIFLC, USAG POM, and Service commanders and staffs with accurate, proactive legal advice on all issues impacting DLIFLC’s mission of supporting DoD foreign language requirements worldwide and USAG POM’s mission of providing professional base support services, while delivering quality legal services to Service Members, Retirees, and their Family Members.

Administrative Law

Administrative Law Mission

Provide the command accurate and timely advice on the legal ramifications of any proposed action by interpreting law & regulation. Assist the command in fulfilling objectives by recommending courses of action that are legal and practical. Advocate the command’s position in labor hearings and other forums.


Documents and memorandums:


Claims & Civil Law

Our Mission

The mission of the Claims & Civil Law Office is to investigate, process, adjudicate, and resolve claims on behalf of and against the United States that originate in 53 of the 58 counties in the State of California and the State of Nevada, including Article 139 claims, tort claims, and affirmative property claims. Additionally, this branch provides legal support for FOIA and Privacy Act actions, the Financial Disclosure Program, Contracting and other civil law matters.

Contact Us

The Claims & Civil Law Office is located in Building 275 at the Presidio of Monterey’s Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. For questions, please call our information line at 242-6396.

Mailing Address
ATTN: Claims, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
USAG Presidio of Monterey
1336 Plummer Street, Building 275
Monterey, CA 93944-3327.

Tort Claims

Our office receives, investigates, and resolves claims filed against the United States under the Federal Tort Claims Act (28 U.S.C. Sections 2671-2680) and other waivers of sovereign immunity. This includes claims within our AOR by non-service members for ‘slip and falls’, traffic accidents, and other personal injury and property damage where the government is alleged to be negligent.


Affirmative Property Claims

Our office asserts affirmative property damage claims for damage caused within our AOR. For example, if an individual destroys a stop sign on post, the government will seek the cost of replacing the stop sign.


Affirmative Medical (FMCRA) Claims

Affirmative Federal Medical Care Recovery Act (FMCRA) claims within our AOR are processed by the Madigan Army Medical Center. They can be reached at:

Phone: (253) 968-5175, Fax: (253) 968-2560

Mailing Address: Madigan Army Medical Center, ATTN: MCHJ-JA, 9040 Jackson Avenue, Tacoma, WA 89431.

Article 139 Claims


Personnel Claims

Our office does not process Personnel Claims.  All of the Armed Services have consolidated this function into one office per Service.  Please find the attachments for their contact information.

These types of claims include:  Household goods losses/damages during shipment; POV shipment damage; On-post POV theft and vandalism;  On-post quarters damage and theft, and;  Unusual occurrences.  Fore more detailed information on personnel claims visit the following link.  https://www.JAGCNet.army.mil/PCLAIMS-Info


Penalties for Filing a False Claim

Pursuant to Section 287 of Title 18, United States Code, anyone filing a false or fraudulent claim may be fined up to $10,000 and/or imprisoned up to five years. Military personnel filing a false claim are subject to courts-martial for violating Article 132 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.


Criminal Law

Our Mission

Support commanders, and military law enforcement in maintaining good order and discipline by providing expert and responsive advice on all military justice and adverse administrative actions, representing the United States effectively and efficiently in courts-martial and administrative separation hearings, and conducting effective military justice and operational law training.

In addition to military justice, this division also serves as the Special Assistant to the United States Attorney for 7 federal installations to include the Presidio of Monterey, Ord Military Community, Naval Postgraduate School, La Mesa Village, Los Padres National Forest, Clear Creek Recreation Area, Pinnacles National Monument and Fort Hunter Liggett. All civilian related misdemeanors and infractions are processed through the Magistrate Court. If you have any questions about traffic tickets, please call (831) 242-7321.

Contact Us

(831) 242-6385

Room 208, Bldg. 275

Monday through Friday 0800-1200 and 1300-1600
Closed on Federal Holidays

Helpful Documents

Manual for Courts Martial (2019)

Military Justice (AR-27-10)

Nonjudicial Punishment

Procedural Guide for Article 32(b) Investigating Officers

Trial Defense

Our Mission

TDS attorneys provide counseling to soldiers facing possible UCMJ or adverse administrative actions. TDS attorneys also provide soldiers with advice and representation (as appropriate) for Article 15's, administrative separations and courts-martial. TDS provides a valuable service to both soldiers and commanders.

TDS Independence

TDS is a "stovepipe" organization. We operate separately from the command and control of the post commander and his attorney, the Staff Judge Advocate. While the TDS attorneys are all Judge Advocates, the organization is separate to maintain independence in representing clients. All the TDS attorneys are under the control of the Senior Defense Counsel.

Common Errors

Soldiers who have incomplete paperwork will not be seen. Common errors are Article 15's that are unsigned and undated by the commander or chapter actions that lack physical or mental evaluations (when required). Another common problem is Article 15's that are forwarded without all the evidence attached. Soldiers are entitled to see all the evidence the command has supporting the alleged offenses on the Article 15. Blotter entries alone are insufficient. For example, if a soldier has been read an Article 15 for DUI, the TDS attorney will need to see the MP statements and the breathalyzer tape (test results) to adequately counsel the soldier. TDS attorneys need to see the first-hand witness statements to adequately advise the soldier, not the second or third-hand accounts sometimes reflected in counseling statements.

These procedures are intended to facilitate the smooth operation of the military justice system. Soldiers and commanders must comply with them.

For further assistance, contact

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA TDS Office
(253) 477-1700
DSN 677-1700

Fort Irwin, CA TDS Office
(760) 380-7136
DSN 470-7136

Helpful Documents

Benefits at Separation

What You Should Know About How to Upgrade Your Military Discharge

Summary Court-Martials Fact Sheet

Chapter 9 Info Paper

Chapter 13 Info Paper

Chapter 14 Info Paper

Article 15 Info Paper

Suspects Rights Info Paper