Army Chaplain – U. S. Army – United States
Our nation’s Army is the largest military organization in the world.
Our nation’s Army is the largest military organization in the world. The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps is charged with ensuring the highest level of spiritual
care for our Army’s Soldiers and families. The well-being of our Army’s soul determines
the quality of its spirit and morale. It is critically important that our Army secures
capable, well-trained, and spiritually fit Religious Leaders to answer this sacred call.
Joining the U.S. Army as a chaplain is probably one of the most important decisions
you can make in your pastoral life.
As the religious leaders of the Army, chaplains must be qualified morally and intellectually to provide Soldiers the free exercise of religion. On this page, you’ll learn about the requirements to become an Army Chaplain.
We are looking for religious leaders who:
★ Are not older than 42 by the date they commission into the Army.
★ Have completed their basic theological education for their denomination or faith
tradition (often the Master of Divinity degree).
★ Have completed at least two years of post-theological education professional
experience in their denomination or faith tradition (applies to active duty only).
★ Are ordained and endorsed by their denomination or faith tradition to serve in one
of the components of the Army.
★ Have served a minimum of two years in a full-time professional capacity as a
member of a denomination or faith tradition, validated by an endorsing agency (this
requirement does not apply to Army Reserve or Army National Guard applicants).
You must obtain an ecclesiastical endorsement from your faith group certifying that you are:
★ A clergy person in your denomination or faith group.
★ Qualified spiritually, morally, intellectually and emotionally to serve as a chaplain in
★ Sensitive to religious pluralism and able to provide for the ‘free exercise’ of religion
by all military personnel, their family members and civilians who work for the Army.
In order to qualify as an Army Chaplain, you must possess the following degrees from accredited institutions:
★ A baccalaureate degree of no less than 120 semester hours.
★ A graduate degree in theological or religious studies, and at least 72 semester
hours in graduate work.
★ U.S. citizens can apply for active duty, the Army National Guard and the Army
★ You must be able to obtain a security clearance.
★ You must pass a physical exam at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS).
★ You must be at least 21 years old and under age 42 at the time of active duty
★ For Army National Guard or Army Reserve commissioning, you must be under the
age of 47 at the time of commissioning. If you have prior service in the U.S. military,
please talk to your recruiter.