Nothing tests religious beliefs more than many situations our Airmen face throughout the course of their service. Providing pastoral care ministry and counseling to those of faith and those of no faith, Air Force chaplains are religious ministry professionals who support the spiritual resilience of our Airmen all over the world. As spiritual leaders, chaplains are relied upon for faith and personal guidance. They are also advocates for our Airmen and consult with leadership on moral, ethical and quality-of-life issues.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of 120 semester hours
Master of Divinity or equivalent theological degree with no less than 72 hours from an accredited institution.
Two years of religious ministry leadership experience
Other faith groups
Must be a U.S. citizen
Receive an Ecclesiastical Endorsement from a DoD-recognized endorser
Meet medical and physical fitness standards
No convictions by courts-martial or by civilian courts (except for minor traffic violations or similar infractions)
No disciplinary action for engaging in an unprofessional or inappropriate relationship
No record of disciplinary action for financial irresponsibility, domestic violence or child abuse
Be commissioned by 40 years of age, age waivers may be available
*When you join the chaplain corps, you will be commissioned as an officer. Your rank will be based on education level and experience.
Chaplains serve as visible reminders of the Holy—directly and indirectly supporting the free exercise of religion for all Airmen, their family members and other authorized personnel. In taking the oath, chaplains pledge a personal commitment to the Constitution’s protection of the free exercise of religion and its prohibition of the government’s establishment of religion.
When you join the Air Force as a chaplain, you will be called upon to enhance the spiritual resiliency of today’s Airmen. A diverse chaplain corps is crucial to support the needs of the many because chaplains are responsible for religious observances in a culturally, racially and religiously diverse environment.
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