HomeAbout UsChaplainUnit Chaplain

Unit Chaplain

The Category "A" Program (Cat A) is administered from Headquarters, Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC)/HC, 255 Richard Ray Blvd, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., 31098-1635, phone toll free 1-800-223-1784, ext 72274, or DSN 497-2274. Chaplains in this program serve at one of 40 units in the United States. Most units are collocated on active Air Force bases; some are on Air Reserve bases; and a few are at local airports. The chaplain team has total responsibility for the chapel ministry in their unit, and train with their unit one weekend a month when the unit performs a Unit Training Assembly (UTA).

The Chaplain service is a cooperative and pluralistic ministry. Chaplains adhere to the requirements of their endorsing religious bodies. The Air Force trains and deploys chaplain readiness teams, consisting of chaplains and enlisted personnel. They provide religious ministries during war, contingencies, national emergencies, and military exercises. The Air Force seeks to meet the religious needs of the military community at permanent bases, industrial complexes, medical facilities, and deployed sites. It provides religious ministries of worship, religious education, pastoral care, counseling, and visitation. Work areas reach far beyond the chapel walls. Air Force chaplains are trained to respond to a variety of situations including emergency ministrations, mass casualty ministry and national readiness mobilizations for deployments. You move out into the work areas, to minister wherever and whenever you are needed - from chapel to the hospital, to flightlines, to industrial complexes. 

Unit chaplains perform their Unit Training Assemblies (UTAs) at their unit each month. These are all paid positions. Besides the monthly UTA the chaplains perform an annual tour of two weeks. Reserve chaplains attend the regular courses offered at the USAF Chaplain Corps College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. Chaplains are also eligible for short tours to augment active duty and for "exercises".

Reserve chaplains function much like their active duty counterparts: they offer worship services for unit members; they perform weddings; they are available for counseling; they conduct humanitarian programs; they "give" invocations; they arrange clergy days, etc.

The Category "A" program is part of our nation's deterrent force. Thus, training is the name of the game. Chaplains, like all other members of the unit, take part in all the testing and training that makes up a weekend of duty. They train to deploy as part of an Air Expeditionary Force individually or as a Religious Support Team (one Chaplain and one Religious Affairs Airman). Chaplains are expected to take part in the same Professional Military Education (PME) courses as other officers. Often PME seminars are conducted during the weekends while the unit meets.

Unit chaplains enhance their training through interaction with active duty chaplains.

To be a Reserve Chaplain, you must:

-- Be a United States citizen, dual citizenship is not accepted.

-- Possess baccalaureate degree with not less than 120 semester hours of undergraduate credit from an accredited college or university.

-- Possess Master's Degree in Theology or related subjects (not less than 72 semester hrs) from an accredited institution.

-- Possess an ecclesiastical endorsement from a recognized denomination or faith group (targeted Air Force needs determine priority of placement).

-- Be qualified spiritually, morally, intellectually and emotionally to serve Air Force personnel.

-- Be less than 40 years of age at the time of appointment.  Age waivers are considered for prior military service and critical faith groups.

-- Pass the Air Force physical examination, and meet weight standards.

-- Pass a National Agency Check security background check and qualify for a security clearance.

-- Be available for the minimum required training.

-- Be available to attend the five-week Commissioned Officer Training (COT) and the six-week Basic Chaplain Course (BCC) within the first two years in the program.

-- Be sensitive to religious diversity and provide for the free exercise of religion by all military personnel, their dependents, and other authorized personnel the military services serves.

Are you interested in the Unit Chaplain Program?

Please write, e-mail or call for further information.

255 Richard Ray Blvd. Ste 111
Robins AFB, GA 31098-1661

E-mail: afrc.hc@afrc.af.mil

Toll Free: 1-800-223-1784, ext 72274
Commercial: (478) 327-2274
DSN: 497-2274

AFRC Chaplain staff


255 Richard Ray Blvd
Ste 111
Robins AFB GA 31098-1637
478-327-1475 DSN: 497
Toll Free: 1-800-223-1784, ext. 7-1475

Personnel and Readiness Division (HCP)
478-327-2126 DSN: 497-2126
MPA Tour Coordination
Assignments and Attachments
Chaplain Service Council Support
AEF, 805 Rosters
Address, Phone, Email updates
RCPHA, Functional Area Manager

Plans and Programs Division (HCX)
478-327-2128 DSN: 497-2128
Formal Training & School Tours
Special Training Tours
Chaplain Candidate Program
Conferences, Workshops
Accessions, Appointments
Awards, Recognition Program
Position Validation
AFI, Plans Coordination
Points-Only Activities

478-327-2274 DSN: 497-2274
Chaplain & Chaplain Candidate Inquiries
Fax: (478) 327-0475; DSN 497-0475

Religious Affairs Airman Functional Manager
Office of the Command Chaplain
Comm: 478-327-1475 Comm
Fax: 478-327-0475 DSN: 497-1475 DSN
Fax: 497-0475

Social Media

Facebook Twitter
Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee, Chief of Air Force Reserve, is pleased to announce the Senate has confirmed the following officer for a Reserve of the Air Force appoint to Major General: Lee Ann T. Bennett, Mobilization Assistant to the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Cyber Effects Operations, Headquarters United States Air Force, Pentagon, Washington D.C. Jay S. Goldstein, Mobilization Assistant to Under Secretary of the Air Force, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Jeffrey S. Hinrichs, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, United States Cyber Command; Director, NSA - National Security Agency; and Chief, Central Security Service, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland Bret C. Larson, Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington D.C. Bryan P. Radliff, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Continental United States North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and Commander, First Air Force One, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida Scott A. Sauter, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee, Chief of Air Force Reserve, announces the following senior leader actions: Chief Master Sgt. Teresita S. Kobilis, AFRC A6 Chief Enlisted Manager, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, will serve as the AFRC Command Enlisted Liaison to the Barnes Center, Barnes Center for Enlisted Education, Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, Alabama. Col. John C. Dobbin, Executive Officer to the Chief, Air Force Reserve and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., will serve as the Commander, 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Col. Trina R. Hood, Commander, 301st Mission Support Group, 301st Fighter Wing, Fort Worth Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Texas, will serve as the Chief, Logistics Readiness Division, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Col. Donald F. Wren, Commander, 910th Mission Support Group, Youngstown-Warren Air Reserve Station, Ohio, will serve as the Commander, 445th Mission Support Group, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Lt. Col. Scott A. Meyer, KC-46 Training and Tactics Functional Area Manager, Directorate of Operations, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, will serve as the Commander, 349th Operations Group, Travis Air Force Base, California.
Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee, Chief of Air Force Reserve, is pleased to announce the Senate has confirmed the following officer for a Reserve of the Air Force appoint to Brigadier General: Darrin D. Lambrigger, Mobilization Assistant to the Command Surgeon, Headquarters Air Combat Command
Our condolences go out to the families of our fallen Airmen.
Congratulations to the 343rd Bomb Squadron for taking home three trophies for the Air Force Global Strike Command Global Strike Challenge! The LeMay Trophy for Best Bomb Squadron, the Mitchell Trophy for Best Bomb, and the Linebacker Trophy for Best B-52 Squadron. 🏆 💣 🏆💣 🏆
Reserve Citizen Airmen with the 419th Fighter Wing departed Hill Air Force Base, Utah, along with active-duty Airmen assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing to support the U.S. Air Forces Central Command mission in the Middle East. #ReserveReady (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)
Reservists at the 931st Air Refueling Wing's Development & Training Flight helps future Airmen to become #ReserveReady before even getting to basic military training.
Way to go TEAM Homestead! Thanks for supporting your community and showcasing our resilient and ready Reserve Citizen Airmen!
Just one way our Airmen stay #ReserveReady.
Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee, Chief of Air Force Reserve, announces the following senior leader actions: Col. Lewis M. Ballard, Chief, Mobility Operations Division, Directorate of Operations, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, will serve as the Deputy Director of Operations, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base. Col. Jason S. Reiss, Deputy Commander, 414th Fighter Group, Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, will serve as the Commander, 414th Fighter Group, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.
Recruiting leadership visits Reserve recruiting group, celebrates accomplishments #ReserveReady #ReserveRecruits
Reservists, nominate your civilian employer for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve #SecDefFreedomAward today at http://www.FreedomAward.mil! The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31.
You are my heroes (Commentary by the 403d Wing, Air Force Reserve) #ReserveResilient #VeteransDay
Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee, Chief of Air Force Reserve, announces the following senior leader actions: Col. Stephen L. Lanier, Commander, 315th Airlift Wing Operations Group, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, will serve as the Commander, 916th Air Refueling Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina. Col. Stuart M. Rubio, Deputy Commander, 403d Wing, Air Force Reserve Operations Group, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, will serve as the Commander, 403rd Operations Group, Keesler Air Force Base.
Headquarters Air Reserve Personnel Center - HQ ARPC builds leaders through force development #ReserveReady #ReserveResilient
Student honors teacher for #VeteransDay (Commentary by the 920th Rescue Wing)
The full conversation from @usairforce leaders https://t.co/slKs7oqfle
RT @usairforce: An F-35A Lightning II prepared to depart from @HAFB. Active duty and @USAFReserve pilots have deployed F-35As into combat t…
RT @53rdWRS: Around the clock weather gathering. Here’s today’s crew out flying Tropical Storm #Cristobal. ✈️⛈✈️🌊 #ReserveReady #ReadyAF #…
CRW Airmen aid Reserve medics combatting #COVID19 hotspots - https://t.co/F2AVADTy17 #ReserveReadyhttps://t.co/LuROdJpu3o
For the third time, @HAFB fighter wings (including the @419fw) deploy F-35As to Middle East -… https://t.co/O8KWzzdSWh
Read the message from AFRC Commander Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee and Command Chief Timothy White Jr. on diversity and i… https://t.co/xhAb0Fm2nM
Dobbins nurses return home from #COVID19 frontlines - https://t.co/3E8L7qeNlU (Story by @DobbinsARB) #ReserveReadyhttps://t.co/ZkXmeNkBHa
Final changes to Air Force song announced - https://t.co/m504tToTW0
Congress has passed several “by law” requirements and programs that come with a level of responsibility for AFRC le… https://t.co/VvhDh3W8Ab
2019 Air Force Security Community Awards - https://t.co/YePOLQ1AdJ #ReserveReady #ReserveResilient
RT @DoDCAP: CAP would like to thank @USAFReserve for being a trusted partner. They serve by the mission of providing combat ready forces to…
Mother daughter duo serves on pandemic frontline - https://t.co/C25ydOdcJu (Story by the @910AW) #ReserveReadyhttps://t.co/3bxSYuDEl3
Brothers come together in crisis response efforts - https://t.co/IghpsQGIu8 (Story by the @445AW) #ReserveReadyhttps://t.co/iq0I0PHJ0j
RT @inspire_af_: An #E3Sentry and two #F22 #Raptors #fly over mountains in Alaska. The flight was a demonstration of #airpower and consiste…
RT @AirmanMagazine: Senior Master Sgt. Vince Bartlomain, an evaluator flight engineer with the 757th Airlift Squadron, completed his final…
Building resilience from Kenya to America - https://t.co/rK9NafHcFW #ReserveReady #ReserveResilient