A young soldier is away from home for the first time, experiencing new challenges. A veteran soldier contemplates the reality of war. A soldier’s children struggle to cope with their daddy being deployed.
The Army wants to make sure the spiritual needs of soldiers and their families are addressed. Army chaplains
work diligently to meet those needs. Chaplains are present in the lives of soldiers to minister and celebrate with them through life events.
If you are a minister or a ministerial student with a heart to serve those who serve their country, consider becoming a U.S. Army chaplain. The Army has full and part-time ministry opportunities and possibly opportunities for you to minister near your home.
How Do Army Chaplains Minister?
The army needs chaplains who represent all major religions. Jews, Christians, Muslims, Catholics, to name a few, all serve in the U.S. Army. Chaplains minister within their own religion and also facilitate and respect the needs of other religions.
Army Chaplains are available for soldiers when and where the soldiers need them. Chaplains minister on bases in the U.S. and where ministry is most needed, in the midst of conflicts. Therefore, an Army chaplain’s work is not without risks. With increased risks, come increased rewards. Army chaplains are rewarded because they know they are making a real difference in the lives of soldiers. Also, Army chaplain pay and benefits are much higher than what most civilian ministers receive.
Many of the daily duties of an Army chaplain are similar to their civilian counterparts. Army chaplains lead worship services, administer sacraments, conduct funerals, weddings, baptisms / immersions, visit hospitals, lead youth groups, and provide marriage counseling. However, Army chaplains are also a part of the Army team and although they are noncombatants, chaplains are expected to work to support the mission of the Army. All chaplains serve on a commander’s special staff. The Army wants the spiritual influence of chaplains to be included in daily command decisions. Army chaplains are officers and leaders. As the “soul and conscience” of the Army, chaplains are expected to influence soldiers through spiritual leadership.
Each Army chaplain works closely with a chaplain assistant. Because chaplains are designated as noncombatants, chaplain assistants provide security for the unit ministry team. Chaplain assistants are also trained to support chaplains
by coordinating worship facilities, conducting surveys to determine the spiritual needs of soldiers and other
Become a Army Chaplain
If you are a professional minister or a student at a ministerial college or seminary you could become a U.S.
Army chaplain. Click on the link above and fill in the form to learn how.