What are the benefits to becoming a Chaplain or Chaplain Candidate?
Serving your calling and your country is a noble endeavor. While making a difference in countless lives, you'll also be making positive changes in your own.
The Guard will compensate you for the time and contributions you make. Financial benefits of part-time Guard service include:
- $20,000 Chaplain Loan Repayment Program (Educational Loans)*
- $10,000 signing bonus*
- A monthly paycheck
- Officer's pay and allowances
- A 401-K type savings plan (TSP)
- A retirement plan in recognition of your part-time service
- Discounted grocery and shopping privileges at post exchanges and commissaries
- Tri-Care Reserve Select healthcare coverage
When you become a member of the Guard family, we help you look after your family, too:
- Medical and dental care for you and your family (Tri-Care Reserve Select)
- Up to $400,000 in low-cost life insurance
- Free academic testing and counseling for spouses
- Access to recreational facilities on military installations
The Guard is an excellent vehicle to enhance your career path:
- Additional certifications in chaplaincy-related specialties
- Valuable training and leadership experience
- Continuing education opportunities
- Retirement pay for part-time service, with no paycheck deductions
A higher education takes you a step closer to your higher calling. The Army National Guard understands this, so we have several programs that make college, seminary or divinity school affordable:
- Up to $4,500 a year in federal tuition assistance (not to exceed $223 per semester hour)
- Up to 100% tuition costs may be covered by scholarships provided by schools in partnership with the National Guard.
Currently the following schools offer scholarships:
- The Montgomery G.I. Bill provides extra money to pay for books, expenses and lab fees
- Up to $20,000 in student loan repayment under the Chaplain Loan Repayment Program (CHLRP)*
- Drill pay to offset monthly expenses
- Tri-Care Reserve Select insurance program helps cover medical costs while in school. Family coverage is less than $275 per month.
- Some states offer state-based aid to students who serve in the National Guard. Contact the National Guard State Education Officer for more details
If you're reaching for a higher education, let the National Guard lift you up.