Headquarters, U.S. Army Trial Defense Service updated their website address.
Welcome to the official Headquarters, U.S. Army Trial Defense Service page. The mission of TDS is to provide a full-range of defense legal services to Soldiers worldwide, at no cost to the Soldier.
9275 Gunston Road
Fort Belvoir, VA
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The U.S. Army Trial Defense Service (TDS) originally began as an experiment. Previously, defense attorneys worked for the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA), a person whom advised the Commanding General often directing the very actions that brought about the need for legal representation. To ensure due process for Soldiers, a new system introduced the concept of a separate chain of command within the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. This distinct organization ultimately became TDS.
After testing the program from 1978 to 1980, the Chief of Staff approved the permanent TDS organization. Since then, TDS has functioned as a world-wide organization with its headquarters in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. It is a division of the United Stated Army Legal Services Agency (USALSA), which provides logistical support to TDS. Attorneys in TDS typically serve two-year tours, and all TDS attorneys are rated within the TDS organization.
TDS has nearly 600 Soldiers, about 160 of whom are Active Component (AC) and over 275 of whom are Reserve Component (RC). Reserve Component members belong to one of three Legal Operations Detachments (LODs), the 16th LOD, the 22d LOD and the 154th LOD. The mission of these three organizations is to provide legal services support to commanders and Soldiers who help sustain military operations. The Army National Guard also has developed a very thriving TDS organization with over 125 defense counsel.