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Religious Services Careers

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Lead in faith

Becoming a military Chaplain or Religious Program Specialist means helping Sailors through moments of crisis, counseling them when they are faced with difficult decisions and providing comfort and encouragement to their families. Religious jobs in the Navy create a sacred space for Sailors of all religions to exercise their faith and build community. In these roles, you’ll foster close relationships with Sailors while providing them with indispensable spiritual guidance.

To learn more, call the Chaplain Corps at 888-NAVYCHC.

Continue your education without worrying about tuition.

We offer a variety of educational assistance options, from scholarships to financial reimbursement and salary advances. Explore opportunities in NROTC, undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to determine what's best for you, or chat with a Recruiter to get the latest details.

If you’re starting or completing your graduate theology degree, you may be eligible to enter the Navy Chaplain Candidate Program (CCPO).

For details about education for specific religious services careers, select the job below. You can also find more details about education opportunities for Enlisted Sailors or Officers here.

Pay and Benefits
Pay & Benefits
Being a leader deserves unmatched benefits.

Depending on your job, Navy pay and benefits will flex to fit your role. You can rely on regular promotions, pay increases and world-class benefits that rival any civilian employer. Many Sailors can even qualify for sign-on bonuses depending on their field. Every Sailor is guaranteed:

  • 30 days paid vacation
  • 100% health care coverage for you & your family
  • Tuition assistance & free college education
  • Housing stipends
  • Retirement savings & income

Find out more about Navy pay and benefits now.

Reserve Opportunities
Reserve Opportunities
Counsel and guide Sailors without leaving your community behind.

There are part-time Navy Reserve opportunities for Enlisted Sailors and Officers in religious service jobs. You can keep many of your full-time benefits while serving only one weekend a month and two weeks a year for annual training. As a Navy Reserve Sailor or Officer, you will guide and support America’s Navy without disrupting your life in the civilian world.

To find out what the exact Reserve requirements are for the career you’re interested in, select one of the jobs below to learn more.

Discover more about life in the Navy Reserve here.


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