Train to become a Guard Chaplain while you train for the ministry
Chaplain Candidate Program
You do not need to wait until your ordination to join the Army National Guard Chaplaincy. You can train to become a chaplain at the same time you are training for the ministry. The training and experience you will receive as a chaplain candidate will add a special dimension to your seminary education. Additionally some seminaries offer academic credit for your training as a Guard Chaplain Candidate.
By joining the Chaplain Candidate Program, you will get a head start on National Guard training, as well as all the benefits of being a Guard officer while still in seminary.
Requirements for Chaplain Candidates:
(Please note that requirements are subject to change in order to meet the needs of the Army.)
- Obtain an ecclesiastical approval from your denomination or faith group
- Enrolled or accepted at an approved seminary
- U.S. Citizen
- Full-time student working toward a graduate degree in theology consisting of 72 or more hours
- Pass military entrance physical
- Meet the Army height/weight standards
- Eligible for secret security clearance
- Less than 37 years of age at commissioning (regardless of prior service)
Tuition Assistance Program
While attending seminary, Chaplain Candidates may apply for Army National Guard tuition assistance. Candidates may be eligible for up to 100% of their tuition costs, up to $250 per credit hour with a maximum cap of $4500 per year.