Just wanted to point out some resources for Navy and Marine Corps types that I can best sum up as resources with unfulfilled potential. 

Here is a link to the Navy Judge Advocate General Corps’ community blog. When you go to the blog you’ll see the last post was Friday with posts almost daily for many days before. As we here at www.caaflog.com could tell the upstart blogs in the Navy JAGC, a blog is most useful if it has 2 ingredients, (1) content on a regular basis and (2) an audience. And while it looks like the blog gets regular posts, unfortunately its target audience didn’t even know it existed–or at least the Navy JAG Corps members of this blog didn’t know it existed. And, unfortunately, as OFL also found, another feature of the Navy JAG Corps’ blog makes it lacking in the audience development area, it is inaccessible on his af.mil domain computer!!  When he clicked on the link his computer told him the Navy JAG Corps’ blog was:

ACCESS DENIED Internet Usage is Logged & Monitored Why is this site blocked? The site you are trying to reach has been Blacklisted and deemed an unacceptable risk to Air Force Networks.

I knew competition for top new JAs was tough, but blacklisting the other services’ official blog, that’s low.

In other Navy Judge Advocate news, here is a link to a feature I hadn’t known about, JAGTV. It has vignettes from new and old JAs from the Navy and Marine Corps. Seems like a good recruiting tool, though I wonder how the stars of JAGTV fair among their peers with the off beat sense of humor that CAAF has noted among JAs? Also, I would say that to make it a little more user friendly the JAG Corps ought to migrate some of the Navy JAG Corps’ blog description of each vignette to the JAGTV site.

5 Responses to “Navy JAG Corps Interweb Use”

  1. soonergrunt says:

    Having formally worked IT for the USAF, I can tell you all that domain blocking is done in a very ham-handed and overly aggressive manner.  I don’t know how the other services manage it, but nobody in the USAF IT hierarchy ever got in trouble for increasing security (which is most easily accomplished by restricting access.)
    If there is a site one wishes to visit from one’s government computer, put a ticket into your local IT to have the site removed from blacklist.  Include a justification to that.  Sometime in the next several months, somebody will get to your request.  You might even get a notification one way or the other.  Better yet, have your O-6/or GS-15 request it as a necessary mission tool.  Then it will only take a couple of months.

  2. Ama Goste says:

    At one time, Lexis-Nexis access (and other essential sites) was blocked for JAGs who worked a stone’s throw from OFL’s current office (but on a different server). Fortunately, we didn’t have to go through the system SG described above because we always seemed to be doing a court-martial of a Comm Squadron member. The CS/CC always got the blocked sites turned back on in seconds when we notified him of the problem as he passed by to watch parts of the trials.

  3. stewie says:

    I hear it’s a series of tubes…

  4. Christian Deichert says:

    Both the Navy blog and TJAGLCS 31(b)log are blocked by the AF black hole list, presumbaly for the cardinal sin of being hosted on blog sites.
    On the plus side, my personal photography website, which doesn’t help anyone accomplish a military mission in any way, shape, or form, is perfectly accessible on the Air Force domain.  So, there’s that.

  5. Mike "No Man" Navarre says:

    CD–sadly that probably is right. Amazingly caaflog.com solved that problem by hosting the wordpress blog on a non-wordpress server. I here the USG has some server space where they might be able to do the same thing . . . .