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The Air Force Chaplain Candidate Program is an exciting opportunity for seminary and other professional religious school students to evaluate their compatibility and potential for commissioning as an Air Force Chaplain. The focus is on experiencing ministry in the Air Force during summer tours of active duty. As a chaplain candidate you will draw upon your background, education and experience to function as part of an Air Force chapel team. Upon entering the program you will be commissioned as a Chaplain Candidate, Second Lieutenant. Upon graduation and obtaining an ecclesiastical endorsement, chaplain candidates are eligible for reappointment as a chaplain in the USAF Reserve, Air National Guard, or Active Duty component.. 


Requirements

-- Citizen of the United States or Permanent Resident
-- Less than 40 years of age at the time of appointment
-- Possess baccalaureate degree with not less than 120 semester hours (180 quarter hours) of undergraduate credit from an accredited college or university
-- Obtain ecclesiastical approval from your religious body's military endorser
-- Enrolled full time in seminary in an accredited or recognized theological seminary or professional school of religion
-- Working toward a professional Master of Divinity degree (minimum 72 semester hour/108 quarter hour degree program).
-- Able to complete approximately 115 days of active duty training during the first summer of the program.
-- Meet all military medical requirements and weight standards
-- Pass a National Security Agency check on your personal history and background and qualify for a security clearance
-- No drug abuse or criminal record

The Program

-- Commissioned Officer Training (33 days; Maxwell AFB, Ala.)
-- Chaplain Candidate Intensive Internship (35 days; various Air Force bases)
-- Supervised Internships (35 days each at Air Force bases)

The Benefits

-- Supervised ministry experience (with seminary approval)
-- Diverse ministry setting
-- Supplement/Expand/Enrich your ministerial education
-- Support the defense of our freedom
-- Ensure the free exercise of religion
-- Eligibility to seek reappointment to Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard or Active Duty chaplaincy
-- Second Lieutenant pay and benefits
-- Travel to and from all active duty training tours is paid by the government

Interested in the Candidate Program? Contact our office at:

HQ AFRC/HC
255 Richard Ray Blvd Ste 111
Robins AFB, GA 31098-1661
Email:
afrc.hcx@us.af.mil
Phone: (478) 327-1475 or DSN 497-1475
1-800-223-1784 ext. 497-1475

   

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