The Army chaplaincy program provides experienced religious leaders who are dedicated to serving Soldiers and their families. Army chaplains provide ministry worldwide, accompanying Soldiers and families as they carry out their units’ missions in both peace and war. Chaplains are charged to nurture the living, care for the wounded and honor the fallen.
The Army Chaplain Mission
A chaplain’s mission is to bring Soldiers to God and God to Soldiers. America calls on our Army to fight and win our nation’s wars and Army chaplains are there every step of the way. Whether in training or operations, Army chaplains represent hundreds of American denominations and faith traditions and fulfill a sacred calling of service captured in our motto, “Pro Deo et Patria” (for God and country).
Selecting a vocation as an Army chaplain means enjoying the pay and benefits of the military while making a difference in the world.
Chaplain Candidate Program
Our Chaplain Candidate Program (CCP) is designed for ministerial students who desire to explore the Army chaplaincy while still in school. All Chaplain Candidates are commissioned officers assigned to the Army Reserve.
• Complete or possess a baccalaureate degree (120 semester hours) from an accredited university; college seniors may apply within six months of graduation
• Able to secure an endorsement for military service from your faith group
• Enrolled or accepted as a full-time student in an accredited graduate program that will qualify applicant for ordination/ministry
• Pass a military physical exam
• Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
• Pass a National Agency Security Clearance
Should you decide to become an Army chaplain by participating in the CCP, you will have a head start on entering the Army as a chaplain and enjoy the many benefits and privileges associated with being an Army officer. The training and experience you will receive as a Chaplain Candidate will enhance your ministerial education and training.
Read our blog entry about the life of an Army Chaplain by Capt. Michelle Suh.
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