Before all of the Navy's top performers start calling their favorite JAG let me explain.
The Navy does not send its best officers to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. As a student and later as deputy director for the Navy Element at CGSC from 2000 to 2004, I learned first hand about who the Navy sends-basically anyone they can get to go. This does not mean a few good men and women do not make it into the course every year. But most of the Navy folks who do get sent suspect they are not among "the best." Some recent classes included several passed-over lieutenant commanders who attended the course only to retire not long afterward.
The Navy has had egg on its face when it came to having enough qualified joint specialty officers (JSO) in the promotion pool for flag. The college is the first step toward JSO, but if only average and below-average performers go there it does nothing for the long-term health of the Navy and gives us a black eye in Congress and with the Defense Department.