Chaplain Candidate (Chaplain Intern) – U.S. Army – New Jersey
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.
You will experience challenges unheard of in civilian
ministries such as caring for the wounded, conducting military funerals, and deploying
for combat operations. You will be guiding Soldiers and their families through the whole
“circle of life,” in moments of joy and in moments of distress. You are needed now more then ever to bring Soldiers to God and God to Soldiers. Their
families and loved ones also need spiritual leadership and guidance that only an Army
chaplain can provide.
You will be making a true difference serving God and your Country. Consider the Sacred
You do not need to wait until ordination to join the Army Chaplaincy. You can train to become an Army chaplain at the same time you are training for the ministry. The training and experience you will receive as a Chaplain Candidate will be a supplement to your ministerial education and training. All Chaplain Candidates are commissioned officers assigned to the Army Reserve or National Guard in the Chaplain Branch.
Should you decide to become an Army chaplain, by participating in the Chaplain Candidate Program (CCP), you will have a head start on entering the Army as a chaplain, as well as enjoying the many benefits and privileges associated with being an Army officer.
A Chaplain Candidate may train up to 30 days each year under the supervision of a senior chaplain at a military installation. This training, called a ‘practicum,’ is offered to all candidates once they have completed Phase 1 of CHOBLC. Practicums vary in type and location. They include broad based experiences at active duty installations, the United States Military Academy, ROTC’s Cadet summer camp, Army Reserve Commands, garrison ministries, combat ministries, and medical ministries. Practicums may be completed at anytime according to the student’s schedule.
CHAPLAIN CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible for this program, you must:
★ Obtain an official ecclesiastical
approval from your denomination or
★ Possess a baccalaureate degree of
at least 120 semester hours from an
★ Be a full-time graduate student
(or have letter of acceptance) at an
accredited seminary or graduate
school (non-resident programs are
★ Be a U.S. citizen
★ Be able to pass a favorable
★ Pass a physical exam at MEPS.
★ Be between 18 and 36 years old (age
waivers may be considered).