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Chaplain Candidate

Overview: The Air Force Chaplain Candidate Program is an 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. 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.

Position: Officer

AFSC: 92R0

Specific Tasks:

  • As a Chaplain Candidate you will draw upon your background, education and experience to function as part of an Air Force chapel team


  • Be less than 40 years of age at the time of appointment
  • Bachelor's degree with not less than 120 semester hours (180 quarter hours) of undergraduate credit from an accredited college or university
  • Ecclesiastical endorsement from a faith group recognized by DoD Armed Forces Chaplains Board
  • Full time enrollment at an accredited or recognized theological seminary or professional school of religion
  • Working toward a professional Master of Divinity or equivalent theological degree (minimum 72 semester hour/108 quarter hour degree program)
  • Ability to complete approximately 115 days of active duty training during at least two summers
  • 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


  • Commissioned Officer Training (33 days; Maxwell AFB, AL)
  • Chaplain Candidate Course (12 days; Maxwell AFB, AL)
  • Two Supervised Internships (35 days each at Air Force bases)