Chaplains are leaders in the Guard, responsible for caring for the spiritual well-being of Soldiers and their Families. They provide advice in matters pertaining to religion, morals and morale. As a Guard Chaplain, you'll lead a Unit Ministry Team (UMT), which consists of you and a trained Chaplain Assistant (an enlisted Soldier trained to support Chaplains during their missions and everyday activities). You'll minister to Soldiers day to day, performing religious ceremonies, counseling Soldiers during times of crisis and providing a spiritual compass.

Chaplains are non-combatants so you won't carry a weapon. Security will be provided by your Chaplain Assistant.

If you're already an ordained minister, you can earn your commission and begin your ministry to Guard Soldiers as soon as you complete the Chaplain Officer Basic Leader Course (CH-BOLC).

Prepare to serve as a Chaplain Candidate. If you join the National Guard prior to your ordination, you'll enter as a Chaplain Candidate. 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.

As a National Guard chaplain, you'll start as an officer, so you’ll earn excellent pay—especially for part-time service. The Guard helps honor your service and commitment with a number of incentives.

Contact your local Kansas Guard Recruiter for more information.


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