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Chaplain (part-time)

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Company: U.S. Navy Reserve

Location: Naperville, IL

Date Posted: December 26, 2014

Source: U.S. Navy Reserve

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. And it could include any of these 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
* Oversee religious education programs, such as Sunday school and youth groups
* Visit and provide spiritual guidance and care to hospitalized personnel and/or their family members
* Train lay leaders who conduct religious education programs
* Promote attendance at religious services, retreats and conferences
* Advise leaders at all levels regarding morale, ethics and spiritual wellbeing

Navy chaplain holds religious service for servicemen.



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. And it could include any ...
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. And it could include any of these 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
* Oversee religious education programs, such as Sunday school and youth groups
* Visit and provide spiritual guidance and care to hospitalized personnel and/or their family members
* Train lay leaders who conduct religious education programs
* Promote attendance at religious services, retreats and conferences
* Advise leaders at all levels regarding morale, ethics and spiritual wellbeing

Navy chaplain holds religious service for servicemen.



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. And it could include any of these 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
* Oversee religious education programs, such as Sunday school and youth groups
* Visit and provide spiritual guidance and care to hospitalized personnel and/or their family members
* Train lay leaders who conduct religious education programs
* Promote attendance at religious services, retreats and conferences
* Advise leaders at all levels regarding morale, ethics and spiritual wellbeing

Navy chaplain holds religious service for servicemen.



Navy Chaplains immerse themselves in the daily lives of servicemembers. In what can be best described as a ministry of presence, they are there to offer guidance and insight in the moment, whenever they’re needed.

This could be on land or at sea. When presiding over religious ceremonies on a base or conducting services from the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. Navy Chaplains may serve literally anywhere in the world.

Navy Chaplains have the unique opportunity to be a part of their congregation's daily lives. To develop the kind of personal relationship that only comes through having the same experiences as those they counsel.



Serving parttime as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Chaplains in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes. This gives you the flexibility to minister in the Navy while maintaining responsibilities to your congregation at home.

For Annual Training, Chaplains may serve anywhere in the world, alongside the Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen to whom they minister.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.

As a Chaplain in the Navy Reserve, RDML Gregory Horn works with his civilian parish and military ministry. What makes Navy Chaplaincy unique is the Ministry of Presence: Being where the people are when emotions run the gamut from triumph to tragedy allows him to make a bigger difference.



Those pursuing a Chaplain position are required to attend Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, R.I. Upon completion, they attend a sevenweek course at the Naval Chaplain School in Fort Jackson, S.C.

Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance. It’s also important to note that specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields such as family counseling and behavioral therapy.



Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.

Chaplains in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must be met.

For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.

For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the 12day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) School in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.



Navy Chaplains typically continue their education throughout their careers. Opportunities for continuing education are available through the funded Graduate Education Program while being paid fulltime as a Navy Officer. Beyond professional credentials and certifications, Navy Chaplains can advance their education by:

* Participating in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Navy (SOCNAV) Degree Program
* Pursuing opportunities at institutions such as Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)
* Completing Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) at one of the various service colleges

Also keep in mind: If you’re in the process of starting or completing your graduate theological degree, you could potentially enter the Navy Chaplain Candidate Program (CCPO) as a student.



Navy Chaplains typically continue their education throughout their careers. Opportunities for continuing education are available through the funded Graduate Education Program while being paid fulltime as a Navy Officer. Beyond professional credentials and certifications, Navy Chaplains can advance their education by:

* Participating in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Navy (SOCNAV) Degree Program
* Pursuing opportunities at institutions such as Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)
* Completing Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) at one of the various service colleges

Also keep in mind: If you’re in the process of starting or completing your graduate theological degree, you could potentially enter the Navy Chaplain Candidate Program (CCPO) as a student.



A graduate degree of not less than 72 semester hours in theological or related studies is required to work as a Navy Chaplain. Candidates seeking an Officer position in this community must also have a bachelor’s degree from a qualified educational institution and hold an ecclesiastical endorsement from a religious faith organization registered with the Department of Defense.

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.

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US Navy Chaplain Corps



A graduate degree of not less than 72 semester hours in theological or related studies is required to work as a Navy Chaplain. Candidates seeking an Officer position in this community must also have a bachelor’s degree from a qualified educational institution and hold an ecclesiastical endorsement from a religious faith organization registered with the Department of Defense.

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.

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US Navy Chaplain Corps
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