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The Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy (DJAG)[1] is the second highest ranking JAG officer and lawyer in the United States Navy. As part of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, the DJAG serves as Commander, Naval Legal Service Command (CNLSC), and as Deputy Department of Defense Representative for Ocean Policy Affairs.[2]


Similar to the Judge Advocate General of the Navy (JAG), the DJAG is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. The DJAG may be chosen from judge advocates of the Navy and Marine Corps who have the qualifications prescribed for the JAG.[3] Upon appointment to the office of DJAG, the appointee, if they hold a lower rank, will be promoted to the rank of rear admiral (upper half) or major general, as appropriate.[1]

Recent Deputy Judge Advocates General of the NavyEdit

Name Photo Branch Term began Term ended
RADM Michael F. Lohr USN 2000 2002
RADM James E. McPherson JD McPherson in performance, 2016 USN 2002 2004
VADM Bruce E. MacDonald VADM Bruce E. MacDonald USN 2006 2009
VADM James W. Houck VADM James W. Houck USN 2006 2009
VADM Nanette M. DeRenzi VADM Nanette M. DeRenzi USN 2009 2012
RADM James W. Crawford, III USN 2012 Incumbent


  1. 1.0 1.1 [1] 10 USC 5149 Office of the Judge Advocate General: Deputy Judge Advocate General; Assistant Judge Advocates General.
  2. [2] Navy Leadership. Judge Advocate General’s Corps Leadership.
  3. [3] 10 USC 5148 Office of the JAG.

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