Defense services are frequently provided to Coast Guard members by Navy judge advocates under the Navy & Coast Guard Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Mutual Support in Military Justice Matters. As a result, Coast Guard members needing assistance for criminal or administrative proceedings are often referred to the closest Defense Service Office (DSO). However, a member can always specifically request assistance from a Coast Guard judge advocate. This applies to courts-martial and administrative separations as well as other matters such as UCMJ Article 138 complaints. Some services are not covered under the Navy MOU and are only provided by Coast Guard Judge Advocates. Examples include matters relating to:

  • Relief for Cause
  • Line of Duty Determinations
  • Retention and Reenlistment Boards
  • Competency Boards


 Defense Service Offices

DSOs and their branch officers and detachments offer broad service for military members, and provide the added benefit of proximity and face-to-face interaction with the client. Coast Guard members can visit the closest DSO for military justice advice. When the DSO is unavailable, members may contact CG-LMA-D directly. For a complete list of services provided and available locations, see the website below.

 DSO Quick Reference List:

Northwest U.S.
Bremerton, WA
(360) 476-2157

Parts of the Pacific and Hawaii
Pearl Harbor, HI
(808) 473-1400

Southwest U.S., Parts of Mexico and South America
San Diego, CA
(619) 556-1684

North Central U.S. and Canada
Washington, DC
(202) 685-5233 / 5595

Central U.S.
Pensacola, FL
(850) 452-3730

Mid-Atlantic U.S.
Norfolk, VA
(757) 341-4469

Southeast U.S., Parts of Mexico and South America
Jacksonville, FL
(904) 542-2565

Appellate Defense

CG-LMA-D provides appellate defense services for members before the Coast Guard Court of Criminal Appeals, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF), and the U. S. Supreme Court. Additionally, CG-LMA-D assists members in clemency petitions before the Residual Clemency Board.



2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave
Mail Stop 7123
Washington D.C. 20593-7123
Office: 2021372-3750