Community Overview: 

As a Navy Chaplain, your job spans a broad range of duties, seeing people through some of their most joyful moments to their most personally challenging. It likely will include some or all of the following responsibilities:

  • Conduct worship services in a variety of settings.
  • Perform religious rites and ceremonies such as weddings, funeral services and baptisms.
  • Counsel individuals who seek guidance.
  • Visit and provide spiritual guidance and care to hospitalized personnel and/or their family members.
  • Advise leaders at all levels regarding morale, ethics and spiritual well-being.
Training Pipeline After Commission: 

To be a Naval Chaplain you are required to attend Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, R.I. Upon completion, they attend a seven-week course at the Naval Chaplain School in Fort Jackson, S.C.

Special Pay/Bonuses: 


Service Obligation: 
3 yrs from date of initial Active Duty orders.
Age Requirement: 
Must not have reached age 40 at time of commission.
Education Requirements: 
You should have 120 semester hrs for undergrad degree, plus a graduate degree (72 grad. semester hrs; at least 36 of these hours must be in "religious/ministry" core areas), from accredited schools.
Medical Requirements: 
Special Requirements: 
Ecclesiastical Endorsement for active duty required.
Must have 2 yrs ministry experience.
Peer recommendations required.