Located in Taylor Hall, Building 462, the mission of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fires Center of Excellence, is to provide commanders and their staff with accurate, proactive legal advice on all issues affecting the Army and the Joint Force, while continuing to deliver quality legal services to Soldiers, retirees, and their families. Within the OSJA, these responsibilities are divided among several different divisions. Click division from directory below for more information. Telephone: (580) 442-5058 Fax: (580) 442-3817 (DSN 639)

Persons Eligible to receive assistance:

  • Active Component members and their families;
  • Reserve Component members who are serving on active duty for more than 29 days, and their family members;
  • Retirees who are receiving military retirement and their family members;
  • Surviving family members who would be entitled to legal assistance if the service or retired member were alive.
  • DoD civilians (a) against whom pecuniary liability has been recommended under AR 735-5 or (b) who are deploying to a combat zone or on a contingency operation, but only on matters related to deployment.
  • Primary next of kin as defined in AR 600-8 for matters related to settlement of an estate of Active Army or Reserve service members who die while in a military duty status.

WALK-IN SERVICES FOR POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND SIMPLE NOTARIZATIONS ONLY are available during hours of operation. All other Legal Assistance services (to include notarization of house closing documents) are provided on an appointment basis only.

To schedule an appointment to speak with a Legal Assistance attorney, either e-mail the Legal Assistance Officeduring duty or non-duty hours at usarmy.sill.id-training.mbx.sja-legal-assistance@army.mil or call the LAO appointment phone line (580) 442-5058 during duty hours only.

When requesting a Legal Assistance appointment by e-mail, please include the following information along with a completed intake sheet:

  • Name and rank
  • DoD ID number
  • DoD ID expiration date
  • Spouse's name, if applicable
  • Spouse's DoD ID number, if applicable
  • Your contact information (to include the phone number you want the attorney to contact you at for your appointment)
  • A very general description of your legal issue

Appointments are usually scheduled within 5-10 business days. You must present a valid military ID upon check-in. If you will not be available during your scheduled appointment, please contact the LAO 24 hours in advance to cancel so that we can assist other clients.

Scheduled appointments may be telephonic or in-person at the LAO (at the option of the client). If telephonic, the attorney will call the client at the scheduled appointment time using the phone number provided by the client. If in-person, clients should arrive to the LAO (4th floor, bldg. 4700) at least 10 minutes before their scheduled appointment time.

Appointments must be made for estate planning counseling to have an attorney draft a will. After the counseling (whether in-person or telephonic), the servicing attorney will coordinate a date/time with the client for in-person will execution. Service members who are deploying can get a will done on a walk-in basis.

Powers of Attorney:
Powers of attorney will be completed only where the individual requesting the power of attorney provides sufficient documentation. Accordingly, in addition to a valid identification card, the individual requesting the power of attorney must provide all required information, such as such as the vehicle identification number for a vehicle power of attorney, or legal property description (found on title or deed), for a real property power of attorney. Be aware that not all businesses or organizations will honor the powers of attorney. Therefore, it is recommended that you check with your financial institution or place you plan on using the power of attorney for their acceptance.

The Legal Assistance Office provides general advice and assistance in the following areas:

  • Personal Civil Disputes: Tenant's Rights, Auto Warranties, Lemon Law
  • Real Property Issues: Review of Contracts for Purchase/Sale of Home, Review of Leases, Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Economic Matters: Identity Theft, Insurance, Bankruptcy, Credit Reporting Issues
  • Family Matters: Adoption, Name Change, Child Support or Non-support, Child Custody, Divorce, Immigration
  • Civilian Criminal Matters: Advice Only
  • Military: OER/NCOER Appeals, FLIPL rebuttals, Suspension of Security Clearance, GOMOR Rebuttals, Non-punitive Chapter Discharges
  • Limitations on Services: The Legal Assistance Office does not provide assistance in the following areas: Military Justice Matters, Punitive Chapter Actions, Article 15s, Private Business Activities of the Client, Litigation/Claims for or against the U.S., Employment Matters.


4700 Mow-Way Road, Suite 400, Fort Sill, OK 73503
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9am / 4pm | Friday / 9am - 3pm | Thursday / 1pm - 4pm (CLOSED THURSDAY MORNINGS and on all military training and federal holidays)
(580) 442-5058

The mission of the Fort Sill Claims Office is to investigate, adjudicate, and settle claims filed both on behalf of the United States and against the United States. The Fort Sill Claims office processes, tort claims, affirmative claims, and Article 139 claims arising in Oklahoma and Arkansas.


Personnel claims arise from damage to or loss of personal property incident to service. These claims include damage to household goods during shipment, as well as claims for damage in on-post quarters caused by fire, flood, unusual occurrence, theft, or vandalism. Personnel claims are processed by the Center for Personnel Claims Support (CPCS) at Fort Knox, Kentucky. More information may be found at http://www.JAGCNET.army.mil/Pclaims

Tort claims are claims arising out of personal injury, wrongful death, or property damage allegedly caused by the negligence of a government employee acting within the scope of his or her employment. Tort Claims include both medical malpractice and some motor vehicle accidents.

Affirmative claims include medical care recovery claims and property damage claims. For example, if a Servicemember or Family member is injured in a motor vehicle accident as a result of negligence and the government provides medical care, the Claims Office will make a demand for the cost of the medical care to the person responsible for the accident. As another example, if an individual destroys a stop sign on post, the government will seek the cost of replacing the stop sign.

Article 139 (UCMJ) claims for the wrongful taking or willful destruction of property by a Servicemember are processed through the claims office.


The Army Claims Program is responsible for investigating, processing, adjudicating, and settling certain claims on behalf of and against the United States. The claims program provides avenues of redress for civilians and Soldiers who suffer property damage, personal injury, or wrongful death. Army Regulation 27-20 is the proponent regulation for the Army Claims Program and mission. Within the regulation are various federal statutes that determine whether a claim is payable, or not payable, under the regulation. One of the federal statutes is the Military and Civilian Employees' Personnel Claims Act (“PCA”).

The PCA, previously allowed for claims resulting from unusual occurrences to be payable when the unusual occurrence resulted in losses at quarters, damages to vehicles while on post or while being driven for the convenience of the Government, or other types of loss or damage to a claimant's property while the claimant was acting incident to their service. Depending on the circumstances, unusual occurrences did include damages resulting from flood, hurricane, earthquake, or other acts of nature or weather phenomena.

Effective 29 May 2019 and pursuant to Army Directive 2019-21, the Army no longer pays claims for unusual occurrences under the Military and Civilian Employees' Personnel Claims Act. The policy change was to encourage individual responsibility for personal property and encourage Soldiers to maintain private insurance against personal property losses caused by adverse weather.

Even though unusual occurrences are no longer payable under Army Regulation 27-20, other losses or damage to property may be considered payable and would be on a case-by-case basis. For instance, claims that food was spoiled by a power outage may be considered if the outage is of unusual duration. The Army does not discourage the filing of claims; therefore, even if a claim may not be payable, civilians and Soldiers are still encouraged to file claims. The claim may still be denied.

If a Soldier, Civilian, or Family member has questions regarding claims, please have them reach out to the Fort Sill Post Claims Office at 4700 Mow Way Road, Suite 400, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Thank you.


4700 Mow-Way Road, Suite 400, Fort Sill, OK 73503
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday / 9am - 4pm | Thursday / 1pm - 4pm (CLOSED THURSDAY MORNINGS)
(580) 442-5058

The Administrative and Civil Law division serves as the primary resource for commanders, assisting with interpretation of regulations, advice and counsel on investigations, and compliance with ethical standards. Administrative Law attorneys also advise boards and investigations, review separation actions, and provide general legal advice to the command. The Administrative Law Division is also responsible for the Fort Sill Ethics Program. Civil Law attorneys provide advice and assistance on matters ranging from government contracting to environmental law. Civil Law attorneys also represent the United States Government in labor disputes.


Second Floor | Taylor Hall, Building 462
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday / 9am - 4pm | Thursday / 1pm - 4pm (CLOSED THURSDAY MORNINGS)
(580) 442-2703

The mission of the Fort Sill Criminal Law Division is to provide support to Fort Sill commanders and directors in military justice matters. This includes training commanders and soldiers in military justice, advising commanders as to disposition of soldier misconduct, preparation for and trying of all levels of courts-martial, administration of courts-martial cases pending appeal, and finalizing of courts-martial after appeal.

Taylor Hall, Building 462
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday / 9am - 4pm | Thursday / 1pm - 4pm (CLOSED THURSDAY MORNINGS)
(580) 442-3900

The Criminal Law Division, through its trial counsel and brigade legal NCOs and specialists, provides a variety of training to Fort Sill units, including an initial military justice brief to incoming trainees, training of unit commanders and soldiers in military justice and law of war, and training of Field Artillery officers attending the FA Basic and Advanced courses.

The trial counsel, attorneys who are the commands’ prosecutors for specific jurisdictions, are directly responsible for providing timely, accurate legal advice and recommendations to commanders within their jurisdictions. The trial counsels advise commanders as to the legal sufficiency of evidence, recommend courses of action, and execute administrative separations and courts-martial when selected as a course of action by commanders. Courts-martial are held in the Honorable Patrick J. Hurley courtroom located in Taylor Hall.

Once courts-martial are completed, the Criminal Law Division manages the case through the post-trial process. The post-trial process involves approval of the court-martial sentence by the convening authority and record management while the case is being appealed to higher courts.

The U.S. Army Trial Defense Service (TDS) is an independent entity that functions much like a public defender’s office. TDS represents soldiers in courts-martial and separation proceedings, and provides other assistance as needed. The Region III TDS Field Office is located in Sheridan Hall, Building 652, 1st floor.


652 Hamilton Road, Fort Sill, Oklahoma 73503
(580) 442-2223


Since its establishment as a separate organization in 1980, the U.S. Army Trial Defense Service (TDS) has provided independent, competent, and ethical defense legal services to Soldiers worldwide whenever required by law or regulation or when authorized by the Judge Advocate General. TDS counsel, who are not supervised or rated by any commander on Fort Sill, represent Soldiers before courts-martial and administrative elimination or reduction boards and during criminal investigations, while counseling Soldiers regarding pre-trial restraint, non-judicial punishment, and many other adverse actions.

Military Tax Assistance is now provided through the MilTax service, coordinated through Ft. Sill ACS. Service members and spouses have access to MilTax free tax filing and prep services, tax consideration info and more.

Start with Military OneSource MilTax for information on free tax filing in the military. MilTax is a suite of free tax services for the military community, including personalized support from tax consultants, easy-to-use tax preparation and e-filing software, and helpful information on filing your tax return in the military. MilTax services are designed to address the realities of military life – including deployments, combat and training pay, housing and rentals, and multistate filings – and to increase your chances of getting a tax refund.

Have questions? Call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or live chat to schedule a free consultation with a MilTax consultant or a financial counselor. Visit the Miltax Website for additional information at https://www.militaryonesource.mil/financial-legal/taxes/

The Fort Sill Soldiers’ Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) Counsel’s Office Assists Soldiers Through the Physical Disability Process.


4700 Mow Way| Road Suite 3G122
(580) 558-2382


The Soldiers’ Medical Evaluation Board Counsel’s Office was established under the terms of an agreement between The Judge Advocate General of the Army and The Surgeon General of the Army.

The Fort Sill Soldiers’ Medical Evaluation Board Counsel’s Office is staffed by an attorney and certified Paralegal NCO specially trained in disability law and the Army physical disability system. They assist Soldiers undergoing MEB/PEB board proceedings. At no cost to the Soldier, these professional advocates represent the individual Soldiers undergoing the MEB/PEB process, ensuring their rights are protected and that a fair assessment of a Soldier’s medical condition is rendered and documented during the MEB/PEB process.

These legal advocates review their Soldier’s Client’s MEB/PEB case file and the Soldier’s medical records to evaluate potential and likely outcomes; advise the client on potential results of the boards; advise the client on other known medical testing or medical records that he/she should discuss with his/her medical team to ensure the record is complete and necessary documentation is present for their case. Additionally, the legal team has the experience and knowledge to work with multiple commands, organizations, and individuals on and off Fort Sill to resolve Soldier issues that often arise while the Soldier is undergoing the MEB/PEB process. Soldiers do not have to be in the WTU (Warrior Transition Unit) to be eligible for this office’s services.

Services provided to Soldiers during the MEB/PEB process:

  • Initial in brief
  • Review DA Form 3947 & NARSUM
  • Advise Soldiers of their rights
  • Assist developing evidence
  • Review Informal PEB decision
  • Request informal reconsideration by PEB
  • Represent Soldier at formal PEB hearing
  • Assist with COAD/COAR request
  • Assist with appeal