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Navy Chaplain Program

Detroit, Michigan, United States

Date Posted:
Chaplain - Other
Church Size:
Not Applicable
Job Type:
Navy Chaplain Program
Job Description:
The Navy Chaplain Corps is made up of over 800 Navy Chaplains. Each Chaplain is an ordained clergy member from any of more than 100 different faith groups currently represented (including Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and many others). Each Chaplain is also a Navy Officer – meaning each holds an important leadership role.

Together, Navy Chaplains enable the free practice of religion for all the Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who serve. But their impact goes far beyond the mere exercise of religion.

To become a Navy Chaplain, those who meet the qualifications complete 84 days of training. This begins with Officer Development School in Newport, RI, and ends with Navy Chaplain School in Fort Jackson, SC, where you'll undergo a basic orientation course before receiving job placement.

From there, you can continue your education throughout your career as a Navy Chaplain. Attend one of the military service colleges or earn a master’s or doctoral degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, while being paid full-time as a Navy Officer. Plus, participate in clinical pastoral education and receive tuition assistance for other off-duty educational programs.

Also keep in mind: If you’re in the process of starting or completing your graduate theological degree, you could potentially enter the Navy Chaplain Candidate Program (CCPO) as a student.

Full-time, Active Duty service – In this position, you can take full advantage of the available career and leadership opportunities. You can impact the lives of many – all over the world. Enjoy the broad range of benefits. And experience possibilities of travel and adventure to the utmost.

Part-time, Reserve service – In this position, you will commit to as few as two days a month and two weeks a year with opportunities for additional service and pay. This gives you the flexibility to minister in the Navy and still continue to have a ministerial career outside of the Navy. You can enjoy many of the benefits and advantages of full-time service. Receive a potential sign-on bonus. And experience the rewards of military chaplaincy while maintaining responsibilities to your congregation at home.

All masters level education will require a minimum of 72 credit hours from an accredited (.edu) school.
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