How to Serve the Lord & Your Country

“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.’” Isaiah 6:8

The desire to serve your country is a commendable aspiration, especially if you are looking to provide spiritual guidance and care to your brothers and sisters in arms. military chaplain conducting services If you have been considering joining our nation’s military as a chaplain, you must:
  • Be of appropriate age for your desired branch at the time of commissioning.
    • Army and Navy*: 21-42
    • Army National Guard or Reserve: 47
    • Air Force: 18-40
  • Have completed an undergraduate degree and a Master’s of Divinity, Theology, Religious Studies, or sufficient education required for your denomination or faith. Both degrees must be obtained from an accredited institution.
  • Be ordained and ecclesiastically-endorsed by your faith or denomination. This ensures that you are indeed a member of the clergy, are inclusive to other faiths, and possess the spiritual, intellectual, moral, and emotional wherewithal to fulfill your duties.
  • Have served a minimum of two years as a full-time member of a denomination or faith in a professional capacity.
  • Candidates must be able to pass a physical examination. Chaplains serve in a variety of capacities up to and including combat situations and being in good physical condition is required.
Once meeting all the requirements, your branch will then send you on to their respective Chaplain and Officer training courses to ensure you are prepared to fulfill a career in religious service as a commissioned officer. Your duties will include officiating religious ceremonies, offer pastoral counseling, provide worship materials, offer guidance on moral and spiritual issues, and many other sensitive obligations. If you believe that this is the right path for you, there are resources available online for you to pursue chaplaincy for the Army, Navy, and Air Force. *Naval chaplains also provide religious counsel and services to members of the Coast Guard and Marine Corps.

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