Chaplain Benefits

Chaplain Benefits

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.

Financial Rewards
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

Family Matters
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

Career Enhancement
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.