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 6:8The 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. 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.