Seven to nine months, depending on your sense of urgency, the work load of your recruiter, your health assessment, your ecclesiastical endorser's turnaround time, and so on.
You will first be specialty qualified by a chaplain recruiter. Then you will be assigned an Officer Accessions Recruiter for processing. Your chaplain
recruiter will help on chaplain-specific requirements. Your OA Recruiter will assist on officer-specific requirements.
Chaplains are addressed as "Chaplain", regardless of rank. Your OA recruiter should be addressed as "Master Sergeant" (MSgt). Examples:
"Chaplain Smith" and "Master Sergeant Jones"
It is not your pastor or local congregation. An endorser is usually connected with a denomination's headquarters. There are some non-denominational endorsers. Too often pastors tell applicants "I'll endorse you." While a pastor may have good intentions, this is not the way it works. Finding an endorser is something you must do, we cannot help you do that. Once you have fulfilled your endorser's requirements, the endorser will provide us with the endorsement. Click here for a list of endorsers.
If you enlist you are obligated for a specific period of time in a particular career field. (This is the same situation as with the commissioned officers.) In order to become a chaplain candidate or a chaplain you have to get released from your commitment, which in most cases is not easy and will only delay and complicate your goal.
No, it is not. The Chaplain Assistant job is a different career field.
In all cases, a chaplain candidate is a Second Lieutenant. For new chaplains who are prior officers, there is a grade calculation to determine your rank as a chaplain. Please ask about the potential impact of changing competitive categories.
No, not at this time.
All uniformed members are deployable assets of the U. S. Government, however, chaplain candidates do not have the qualifications to deploy. Since 9/11, Reserve chaplains have deployed by volunteering to go.
No, because you will have to be released from your commitment. If you are in the Air Force or Air Force Reserve you still have to be released from your current commitment and this may take a while. Your recruiter will know how to direct you. If you are an Air National Guard chaplain wanting to become an Air Force Reserve chaplain, this is a fairly simple action.
For candidates, we want you to complete the program. For information call 1-800-525-0102, ext 3, tell them you are chaplain candidate applicant with a question for the education office.
For chaplains who did not receive Tuition Assistance, we ask you to stay for a minimum of three years.
For candidates: first summer - 11 weeks of training; second summer - 5 weeks of training.
For chaplains: Your first training is the Commissioned Officers' Training of 4 weeks. Within the first two years of your role as chaplain you have to complete the 6 week Basic Chaplains' Course. Chaplains are also required to complete the minimum number of training days required to serve.
Candidates are paid for each day of serving in the summer. Chaplains are paid for each day worked. Yes, you are paid while in military training status. Google military pay charts to learn about pay. For candidates - look for the monthly pay for the rank of O-1, prorate that amount per day. For chaplains - look for O-2.
Tri-Care Reserve Select is available for chaplains. Chaplain Candidates have health insurance only during summer training.
Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is added to a candidate's pay when in training status. For chaplains, it is added when you are in training status and when you do your two weeks of active duty. BAH is not available when you work individual days. Google to find rate, based on your zip code and prorate it accordingly.
Retirement pay is available for those who serve 20 years. Your recruiter probably will not know the details of the retirement benefit. Google to learn about the retirement benefit or to find a phone number of a technician to help you. FOR PRIOR SERVICE - yes your prior service does go into the calculation with your new reserve chaplain duty, however, recruiters are not experts on this. You will need to contact a retirement specialist.
No. One must take oath before the 35th birthday. This is a hard cut off and there are no exceptions for any reason, including prior service.
No. In order to be qualified you must be a full time seminary student. You need to call your denomination's military chaplain endorsing office and find out their requirements. If you are non-denominational, you will have to find an endorser.
Please contact Reserve Management Group for the most current guidance (478) 327-2331 or DSN 497-2331.
No, because significant time commitment is required from numerous individuals and agencies to process your application.
Answer by Chaplain Paul Gunn: After reading, if you have more questions, please contact your endorser.
You are expected to remain true to your faith tradition and the expectations of your ecclesiastical endorser. The chapel space is a place for the free exercise of religion and free speech. Chaplains are expected to lead services and deliver messages in the same way they would with the civilian congregations of their faith tradition. In the day-to-day chaplain ministry, if someone needs something a chaplain cannot provide, an appropriate chaplain is sought. This is what we call religious accommodation. For example, in my faith tradition we do not baptize infants. If a family wanted their child baptized I would find a chaplain who would assist. Having said that, there are many things chaplains can do for people of any faith group without the chaplain compromising his or her convictions. Here are some personal examples:
In each of these cases, I was able to accommodate and did not compromise my beliefs.