Established by the Second Continental Congress in 1775, the Army Chaplaincy predates the Declaration of Independence and is both the largest and oldest military chaplaincy in the world. More than 25,000 chaplains have served since then in 36 wars and 242 major combat engagements. Six were awarded the nation's highest military award for valor (The Medal of Honor). Many former Army Chaplains have served in prominent positions of government, education and religion. Today, as in the past, chaplains serve in a great variety of positions and places throughout the world. While their methods of ministry may change with the transformation of the battlefield, their ministry and message are timeless and immeasurable.
Becoming a Chaplain
As an Army chaplain you will have the responsibility of caring for the spiritual well-being of Soldiers and their Families. An Army chaplain's flock can consist of over 1,500 people. The Army chaplaincy is a religiously diverse population reflecting the diversity of the Army, yet each chaplain ministers according to the tenets of his or her distinctive faith community. Unlike most officers in the Army, a chaplain begins serving as a staff officer immediately.
Becoming a Religious Affairs Specialist
Religious Affairs Specialist provide much-needed support to chaplains during missions and everyday activities. The primary purpose of a Religious Affairs Specialist is to coordinate for, and support, chaplains in their provision of religious support.
If anyone has aspirations to become a Religious Affairs Specialist, want to ask questions about the MOS, or is curious about the joint Chaplain Assistant position, please contact SGM David Mundy or SPC Quantae Robinson.
Contact a Chaplain
No matter what your faith group, the Army Chaplaincy offers various ways for you to serve both God and your Country. From providing support to Unit Ministry Teams as a Chaplain Assistant, to caring for the spiritual well-being of Solders and their families as an Army Chaplain, you'll discover the opportunities are as varied as they are unique. Talk to a chaplain or chaplains assistant for more information on how you can become part of the Army Chaplaincy.