Military chaplains administer broad religious programs designed to meet the needs of the military community. They offer spiritual care and ensure all military members and their families have opportunities to exercise their constitutional entitlement to the free exercise of religion. They provide religious services, religious accommodation, pastoral care, unit engagement, and counseling to meet the diverse needs of military members.Explore this career outside the military
Chaplains in the military usually work in offices, hospitals, and places of worship. Those assigned to sea duty work aboard ships. Those assigned to land combat units sometimes work outdoors.
What you can expect to experience while on the job
Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.
Chaplains in the Military
Military salaries include a lot more than just base pay.
They also offer:
Learn more about what goes into a salary with the compensation estimator
Learn more about military insurance and retirement benefits
People in this career achieve this level of education.
Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Chaplains may have an education in religious studies. Job training for chaplains consists of classroom and on-the-job learning in various environments. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include: Role and responsibility of military chaplainsAdministration and leadership techniquesTraining and education methodsProcedures for planning programsPastoral counseling methodsRead More
Select major to see colleges that offer it
Skills helpful in this career