How is this relevant to me? The Competitive Service Processes (SAP) is a legal service in which attorneys with the appropriate skill set are appointed by a judge to a specific court room to hear cases that fall within their area of expertise. They then have to take a written examination administered by a State Department of Justice Certified Legal Arbitrator (CLIA) to see if they meet the necessary minimum educational and legal qualifications to see 5 of the seven bench seats on the bench. Once they are deemed eligible, they are interviewed and given a formal oral examination to see if they have the skills and knowledge required to represent their client’s interests in the best possible fashion.
You can see the format of the examination and all of the questions asked in it below. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on a specific portion of the examination known as sections 2108. If you do not pass the section test, you will not be considered a candidate for competitive service in the United States.
Section 2108 is a multiple choice examination consisting of two discrete sections. The first section includes questions about the history of legal practice, along with giving a true or false answer to questions relating to your work ethic. This portion is mandatory. The second section includes writing ability, your understanding of court procedure, your reading skills, and your knowledge of federal law. You will be asked to write in detail about situations from your own experience that are similar to the cases you will be representing. If you do not pass this section, then you will not be considered a candidate for the women, minority, or of legal examiners’ preference.
If you fail the examination, then you will be required to take a final oral board interview where you will be asked questions relating to your work ethic, understanding the court system, and other things. You will be asked to indicate whether or not you passed the first section and then given a second set of question to answer. Once again, if you fail you will not be considered for the women, minority, or f civil service positions open under the United States flag.
Once you have been excluded from the United States women, minority, and f civil service positions based on your results from the examination, you will be able to begin the selection of qualified attorney positions based on your actual ranking. The United States Air Force has a preference rating system in place to help them select qualified personnel for military and patriotic awards. All applicants must complete the same level of examinations in order to qualify for eligibility. You will need to provide a letter of recommendation, a resume, and a copy of your military or naval discharge papers. Make sure to include all the relevant forms with your application.
Once you have qualified for the positions you desire through the use of the United States Air Force’s numerical rating system, you will need to take an oath of office. To be an eligible candidate for attorney positions in the Air Force, you must pass the United States Air Force Physical Fitness Test. This includes a physical exam, a hearing test, and a written exam. If you do not pass this test, you can re-take it for another five years after the date the test is administered.
To be eligible for retention and advancement within the Air Force, an individual must complete the requirements for advancement according to their own preference points. There are two types of preference points. These include initial preference points and professional preference points. With respect to initial preference points, those individuals considered top of the line by the Air Force may be subject to a random evaluation for future promotion. Your professional preference points will be used to determine if you have the technical skills and knowledge base required to advance in your chosen career field. Both initial and professional preference points, however, are non-transferable.