Military Chaplaincy, Part 3


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Our Work of the Chaplain passage for this episode is Hebrews 13:2 which says, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from Augustine. He said, “Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine book: “The Work of the Chaplain” by Naomi K. Paget and Janet R. McCormack.

Our topic today is: Military Chaplaincy (Part 3)

— Commissioned Officers
Once a religious body has endorsed a prospective military chaplain as being fully qualified to represent their group to the military, there are federal and branch specific criteria to be met. That is because military chaplains are also commissioned officers serving in a tightly structured, legalistic, and hierarchically ordered system that is ultimately controlled by the United States Congress. As such, these chaplains must meet federal entry-level and continuing employment criteria for officers. These involve age, medical, and physical requirements.

For all branches of the military, a prospective chaplain must be medically and physically fit enough to serve—especially in the missions required of the particular branch in which the chaplain is commissioned. Although there are always exceptions based on needs of the service and prior service in the military, typically a prospective chaplain must be endorsed, commissioned, and accessed for duty at an age young enough to assure he or she could serve twenty years of commissioned service time prior to age 62. Chaplains normally are accessed (i.e., hired) at the rank of 02 (First Lieutenant/Lieutenant) which reflects a completed master’s degree, unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Military chaplains are paid, not by their endorsing body or through a chapel offering, but by the federal government as their employer. Presently, chaplains receive the pay and benefits commensurate with their commissioned rank as officers and their total time in the service, including any prior service time. Like all military members, chaplains take an oath to serve their country and are “contracted” for a particular job and duration of time. However, the United States Congress can (and often does) change the rules of that contract and its benefits without allowing the military personnel (including chaplains) to renegotiate or terminate the contract without penalty. All congressional changes are seen, at least at the time, to benefit the United States. Many of those changes also benefit the military personnel (e.g., pay raises, family benefits, promotion opportunities, ending the draft). However, other changes impose additional hardships on the member (e.g., increased service commitments, decreased medical or family benefits, unaccompanied tours of duty, change in scope of what constitutes proper military duties). Normally, in order to receive retirement benefits, military members must serve for a minimum of twenty years.

If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue learning about the Work of the Chaplain in our next podcast.

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— PRAYER —

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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