Serve part-time in the Navy Chaplain Corps Chaplain

Discover opportunities in ministry beyond the traditional pulpit.

There are now openings for Chaplains in America’s Navy Reserve.

Industry: Military, Chaplaincy, Chaplain, Minister, Religion

Type of Service: Part-time (Reserve Duty)

Type of Position: Officer in the Navy Chaplain Corps (graduate degree required)

About this Job: Navy Chaplains are the religious leaders responsible for serving the diverse spiritual needs of military servicemembers – offering counsel, guidance, moral support and worship opportunities to Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and their families. Chaplain positions are open to over 200 religious backgrounds (including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and many others), and more than 100 different faith groups are currently represented.

In this role:

  • Provide religious ministry and support to those of your own faith
  • Facilitate the religious requirements of those from all faiths
  • Care for all servicemembers and their families, including those subscribing to no specific faith
  • Advise the command to ensure the free exercise of religion

Supporting and ensuring the free practice of religion requires that candidates be:

  • Willing to function in the diverse and pluralistic environment of the military
  • Tolerant of diverse religious traditions
  • Respectful of the rights of individuals to determine their own religious convictions

It is important to note that Navy Chaplains are officially considered noncombatants and not authorized to bear arms.

Key Opportunities: A Chaplain in the Navy serves a calling within a calling – to God and country – and has the opportunity to embrace challenges and experience fulfillment unique in the field of ministry.

It’s possible to maintain an existing civilian career while also enjoying the challenges and rewards of Navy Chaplaincy. A Chaplain in the Navy Reserve serves as few as two days each month and two weeks each year. There are opportunities for additional service and pay and flexible scheduling opportunities to meet service requirements. There are also distinct professional advantages:

  • Serve, work and live right alongside your congregation in a “Ministry of Presence”
  • Serve on bases stateside and overseas, on ships large and small, and in the field – almost anywhere in the world
  • Have a profound impact on the lives of men and women in need of support – regardless of faith group
  • Earn competitive pay and benefits (this includes tax-free allowances for housing and meals, low-cost life insurance options, retirement benefits, low-cost travel opportunities and potential VA home loans)
  • Receive paid training and access to Navy-funded continuing education

Qualifications and Requirements: Candidates must satisfy specific criteria to be eligible for employment consideration.

  • U.S. citizenship: Required
  • Education: Possess a bachelor’s degree (120 semester hours or 180 quarter hours); and possess a graduate degree of no less than 72 semester hours in the field of theology or related studies from a qualifying educational institution
  • Ecclesiastical endorsement: Required, from a religious faith organization registered with the Department of Defense (DoD)
  • Gender: Male or female
  • Age: Must be able to complete 20 years of service before age 62
  • Medical exam: Required
  • Physical fitness test: Required

Learn more about serving as a Chaplain part-time in America's Navy – including specific responsibilities, training and career advantages.