Army Chaplain Corps
Chaplain Captain Mendy Stern

Lifestyle Benefits

  • Exceptional pay and allowances
  • 30 days vacation earned annually
  • Up to 10 days administrative leave annually
  • Housing allowance or free on-post housing
  • Reimbursement of all moving costs plus dislocation allowance
  • Comprehensive health care coverage for the entire family
  • Excellent retirement plans
  • Up to $400,000 in life insurance at low rates
  • Use of worldwide world class recreational facilities
  • Uniform allowance
  • Tax free shopping at military exchanges and commissaries

Educational Benefits

Becoming an Army chaplain offers many opportunities for furthering your education and training to meet the demands of an ever-changing world. Some of these opportunities are identified below.

Tuition Assistance

While attending seminary, chaplain candidates may apply for tuition assistance through the U.S. Army Reserve.

You may be eligible for up to 100% of the tuition costs, up to $250 per credit hour with a maximum cap of $4,000 to $4,500 per year. This program requires service of at least four years in an Army Reserve unit.


Clinical Pastoral Counseling (CPE)
This training is normally offered to select chaplains between their third and sixth year of active duty. Selected chaplains can opt to earn a D.Min. while attending this program of study. During this time, they become fully-qualified chaplains for the institutional settings of prisons and hospitals.

Advanced Civilian Education
Selected full-time chaplains are sent to top notch universities to obtain a graduate degree in areas such as ethics, world religion, family life and resource management. Afterwards, they are employed in their area of training at key positions across the Army.