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Chaplain Candidate Guidebook: Handbook for the USAR Chaplain Candidate Program (CCP). Provides a general summary of information about the CCP as well as regulatory references, policy information, and procedures for chaplain candidate actions and activities. (Courtesy of the Department of the Army Office of the Chief of Chaplains Reserve Components Integration, 1 October 2015.)
DACH-1 Guidebook: Active Duty Army Chaplaincy personnel functions, except where indicated. General summary of legal, regulatory, policy information, guidance, and procedures for most branch personnel actions and activities. (Courtesy of the Office of the Chief of Chaplains, 13 November 2014.)
Army Chaplain Corps Activities: Army Regulation 165-1 (23 June 2015)
Preparing and Managing Correspondence: Army Regulation 25-20 (17 May 2013)
ARNG Chaplain Candidate Handbook: Provides basic information pertaining to the role of a Chaplain Candidate. (20 July 2013)
Having accepted God's Call to minister to people who serve in the armed forces of our country. I covenant to serve God and these people with God’s help; to deepen my obedience to the commandments, to love the Lord our God with all my heart, soul, and mind and strength, and to love my neighbor as myself. In affirmation of this commitment, I will abide by the Code of Ethics for chaplains of the United States Armed Forces, and I will faithfully support its purposes and ideals. As further affirmation of my commitment, I covenant with my colleagues in ministry that we will hold one another accountable for fulfillment of all public actions set forth in our Code of Ethics.
The Code of Ethics
I will hold in trust the traditions and practices of my religious body.
I will carefully adhere to whatever direction may be conveyed to me by my endorsing body for maintenance of my endorsement.
I understand, as a chaplain in the United States Armed Forces, that I will function in a pluralistic environment with chaplains of other religious bodies to provide for ministry to all military personnel and their families entrusted to my care.
I will seek to provide for pastoral care and ministry to persons of religious bodies other than my own within my area of responsibility with the same investment of myself as I give to members of my own religious body. I will work collegially with chaplains of religious bodies other than my own as together we seek to provide as full a ministry as possible to our people. I will respect the beliefs and traditions of my colleagues and those to whom I minister. When conducting services of worships that include personas of other than my religious body, I will draw upon those beliefs, principles, and practices that we have in common.
I will, if not in a supervisory position, respect the practices and beliefs of each chaplain I supervise, and exercise care not to require of them any service or practice that would be in violation of the faith practices of their particular religious body.
I will seek to support all colleagues in ministry by building consecutive relationships wherever I serve, both with the staff where I work and with colleagues throughout the military environment.
I will maintain a disciplined ministry in such ways as keeping hours of prayers and devotion, endeavoring to maintain wholesome family relationships, and regularly engaging in educational and recreational activities for professional and personal development. I will seek to maintain good health habits.
I will recognize that my obligation is to provide for the free exercise of religion for all members of the military services, their families, and other authorized personal. When on active duty, I will only accept added responsibility in civilian ministry if it does not interfere with the overall effectiveness of my primary military ministry.
I will defend my colleagues against unfair discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion, or national origin.
I will hold in confidence any privileged communication received by me during the conduct of my ministry. I will not disclose confidential communications in private or in public.
I will not proselytize from other religious bodies, but I retain the right to evangelize to those who are not affirmed.
I will show personal love for God in my life and ministry as I strive together with my colleagues to preserve the dignity, maintain the discipline, and promote the integrity of the profession to which we have been called.
I recognize the special power afforded to me by my ministerial office. I will never use that power in ways that violate the personhood of another human being, religiously, emotionally or sexually. I will use my pastoral office only for that which is best for the persons under my ministry.
DODI 1304-28 v2014 Guidance for the Appointment of Chaplains for the Military Departments
DODI 130017p Accommodation of Religious Practices Within the Military Services
JP 1_05 Religious Affairs in Joint Operations
DODD 5120-8p v1995 Armed Forces Chaplains Board Charter
DODD 1304-19 v2007 Appointment of Chaplains for the Military Departments
DODD 1300-15 v1985 Military Funeral Support
DODI 1300-17p v2014 Accommodation of Religious Practices Within the Military Services
Revised Interim Guidelines Concerning Religious Freedom in the Air Force
AFI 52-105v2 Air Force Guidance Memorandum to AFI 52- 105V2, Chapel Tithes and Offering
AFI 52-105v4 Chaplain Service Contracts
AFI 52-105v3 Chaplain Service Resourcing CTOF Purchase Cards
AFI 52-106 Air Force Guidance Memorandum to AFI 52- 106, Religious Professional
AFI 52-102v2 Chaplain Assistant Professional Development
AFI 52-105v1 Air Force Guidance Memorandum to AFI 52-105V1, Chaplain Service Resourcing,
AFI 52-104 Chaplain Corps Readiness
AFI 52-105v1 Chaplain Service Resourcing, Appropriated Funds
AFI 52-101 Chaplain Planning and Organizing
AF Memo Maintaining Governement Neutrality 2011
AFI 52-102v1 Chaplain Professional Development
NavyTRP 1-05-1 v2010 Religious Ministry Lay Leader
Navy WP 1-05 v2013 Religious Ministry in the Fleet
Navy SECNAVINST 1730-6 v1974 Visits of Civilian Religious Leaders to Military Installations
Navy SECNAVINST 5351-1 v2011 Professional Navy Chaplaincy
Navy SECNAVINST 1730-3G v1989 Employment of Civlian Clergy
Navy Man 15555c v1993 navy Military Funerals
Navy Man 1730-010 v2000 Navy Military Personnel Manual
Navy SECNAVINST 1730-8a v1997 Accomodation of Religious Practices
Navy FMFM 3-61 v1992 Ministry in Combat
Navy FMFM 3-6 v1989 Religious Ministries in the Fleet Marine Corps
If you are considering applying for an appointment as a military chaplain, you are considering one of the most unique spiritual opportunities for ministry available anywhere.
Military chaplains offer a broadly based ministry aimed at meeting the diverse pastoral needs of the pluralistic military community. All chaplains are responsible for supporting both directly and indirectly the Constitutionally mandated free exercise of religion for all members of the Military Services, their family members, and other authorized persons. (Referenced from Department of Defense Directive 1304.19) Every Active Duty, Guard, Reserve or Civil Air Patrol Chaplain is required to receive an ecclesiastical endorsement from his or her own religious organization, no matter which branch of military service is desired. Each chaplain is expected to remain faithful to the tenets of the religious group granting one’s ecclesiastical endorsement. Selection to become a chaplain is competitive and based on the needs of the particular Service Branch to which a person applies.
The basic requirements to become an Active Duty, Reserve, Guard or Civil Air Patrol Chaplain include:
Active Duty Chaplains:
For further questions, contact the Service Branch Chaplaincy you are interested in serving with.