In addition to general officer eligibility, in order to qualify as a National Guard Chaplain, you’ll need to obtain a federally recognized ecclesiastical endorsement from your denomination or faith group certifying that you:
In addition to general officer eligibility, to qualify as a Chaplain Candidate, you'll need to obtain an ecclesiastical approval from your denomination or faith group certifying that you:
When you join the Guard as a Chaplain, you’ll be a commissioned officer. If you join prior to your ordination, you will enter as a Chaplain Candidate. In either case, you’ll attend the Chaplain Officer Basic Leadership Course (CH-BOLC), where you'll learn fundamental military tasks and how to perform religious duties in a military environment. The three-month course can be completed in one block or in several phases over a 24-month period. CH-BOLC consists of three segments:
Chaplain Initial Military Training: In this four-week resident course, you’ll learn core non-combatant skills such as map reading, military customs and courtesies, operations in field conditions and combat survival.
Phase I: In this two-week course you'll learn Army writing and correspondence.
Phase II and III: Two three-week courses will train you in Army-specific Chaplain duties and applying your civilian skills to the National Guard environment.
Your pay will depend on your rank, and the higher you go, the more you’ll earn. Since you’ll be starting as an officer, you’ll earn excellent pay—especially for part-time service.
See National Guard Chaplain Recruiting Website for current incentives:
For more information contact the California National Chaplain Recruiter:(916) 854-1341