CNLSC CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY:
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SUBJ/CNLSC CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY//
RMKS/1. On 3 December 2023, Naval Legal Service Command (NLSC) celebrates 50
years of providing outstanding legal support to the Fleet, Sailors, families,
2. NLSC has grown from a scattering of district legal offices charged with
administering the Navy legal readiness program to a Fleet-focused readiness
entity that preserves the fair administration of justice and provides
essential solutions and advice to shore commanders, individual Sailors, and
their families, allowing our Navy team to concentrate on mission one: the
operational readiness of the Navy.
3. Today NLSC consists of eight Region Legal Service Offices (RLSOs) in 53
locations, four Defense Service Offices (DSOs) in 19 locations, and the
Victims Legal Counsel Program (VLCP) in 28 locations. The NLSC team
of more than 850 active duty officer, enlisted, and civilian personnel along
with the support from our reserve teammates provide a wide range of legal
services in support of the US Navy warfighting advantage and furtherance of
the rules based international order.
4. RLSOs focus on providing legal assistance services, legal advice to
installations and commands without judge advocates, and prosecution for good
order and discipline offenses outside the jurisdiction of the Office of
Special Trial Counsel (OSTC). Although the military justice system has
transformed over the years, such as the newly Congressional-created OSTC,
RLSOs remain steady at the helm upholding the Navy values of honor, courage,
and commitment by prosecuting misconduct consistent with due process. The
legal assistance team works relentlessly to ensure Sailors and their families
feel prepared and protected through legal challenges such as providing
schooling legal support to Exceptional Family Member Program families.
Command services, consisting of staff judge advocates, is dedicated to
providing timely, accurate advice to commanders across the globe.
5. DSOs advocate tirelessly for Sailors ensuring their Constitutional rights
are protected and they receive the highest quality advice and representation
for legal concerns. The DSO embodies the Navy warfighting spirit in its
delivery of legal representation: protecting our Service members when they
need it most.
6. Although the VLCP is the newest mission to NLSC, it is a vital component
of the organization. VLCP is committed to providing victims of a sexual or
domestic violence offense with a dedicated attorney to help them understand
the investigation and military justice process, guard their legal rights, and
connect them to additional resources to advance their recovery. VLCP
embodies the commitment we as a Navy have to helping victims through some of
their most difficult days and is a key enabler of the readiness mission of
7. NLSC point of contact for this message is NLSC Public Affairs Officer,
Mr. David Carrera, email@example.com.
8. RDML David Wilson sends.
9. Released by Mr. Andrew S. Haeuptle, Director, Navy Staff.//