Chaplain Corps

The CAP Chaplain Corps is an organization of endorsed and appointed clergy whose mission is to oversee the moral and spiritual welfare of our members and to guide them in living out our core values.

What is a chaplain and what do we do?

  • A chaplain is an officer who is a member of the clergy and is appointed and endorsed as CAP chaplain
  • Chaplains represent their various faith groups and support the pluralistic ministry of the CAP Chaplain Corps
  • Chaplains are able to advise on religious, ethical, moral, and morale issues confronting the commander and his/her subordinates
  • Chaplains are trained to provide caring and appropriate crisis response
  • Chaplains are also equipped to provide counsel or referral for squadron members who are facing challenges
  • Chaplains have clergy privileged communication protection by law, so the chaplain can provide a safe confidential sounding board
  • It is the chaplain’s job to watch out for the well-being of every person in your squadron, to serve as a unit’s moral and ethical thermostat, and to keep the commander apprised of any issues or concerns
  • It is the chaplain’s job to help ensure the religious liberty of every person in the squadron
  • Chaplains are there to help provide for the religious needs of all squadron members. This can include brief services at events, and helping members find other religious resources
  • Chaplains have rank without command
  • CAP chaplains are the only members of CAP who can directly serve Air Force active, Reserve, and Guard units
  • Chaplains are always addressed as Chaplain, regardless of grade