The mission of the Chaplain Services Command (CSC) is to act as a central coordinating spiritual service to all reservists and their families, community needs, establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with others community volunteers, provide direct support services during emergencies and disasters.
Chaplains are expected to serve the spiritual and emotional needs of others. Chaplains perform wedding, ceremonies, administer communion, deliver spiritual messages, offer prayer at meetings, and provide regular spiritual counseling.
Chaplains advise commanders to ensure the 'free exercise' rights for all are upheld, including those who hold no faith. Chaplains perform religious support activities according to their faith and conscience and provide religious support to other faith groups by coordinating with another chaplain or qualified individual to perform the support needed.
Faith Distinctive: Chaplains are expected to observe the distinctive doctrines of their faith while also honoring the right of others to observe their own faith. The USFDRC is a pluralistic environment. Rabbis, ministers, imams, and priests serve our reservists with conviction and commitment. While serving their own faith groups in the USFDRC, chaplains also ensure and provide the means for others to observe their own faith in accordance with United States law.
Basic requirements for an appointment:
Ecclesiastical Endorsement: Applicants must receive an endorsement from an ecclesiastical endorsing agency. An endorsement certifies that the applicant:
Is a fully qualified clergyperson of the certifying faith group.
Educational requirements: To be educationally qualified for appointment as a chaplain, the applicant must:
Professional experience: Applicants applying must have a minimum of 2 years of full-time professional experience performed after the applicant has met the educational requirements. The professional experience must be validated by the applicant’s endorsing agent. This requirement under some circumstances is waiverable by the National Commander. To obtain a waiver, the endorser must provide a detailed summary of the experience that the endorser feels is equal to the 2 years of professional experience.
A person is expected to have a well-formed denominational, pastoral identity. That identity is defined by the pastor first meeting all denominational and academic requirements and then applying the full seminary experience in at least 2 years of practical ministry situations.
Note: After all of the above have been satisfactory, the appropriate documents will be submitted to the Office of the Chief of Chaplains for consideration.
The USFDRC: National or State Command would activate these units during federal or state emergencies. If an emergency is not declared, local municipalities or emergency response systems may request assistance.
For additional information about the role these units can play in assisting your community, please contact us:
MG Rafael L. Guzman, BA/D. Div
Chief of Chaplains
Telephone: 1-321-332-7100 Ext. 407