Considering membership in the Military Chaplains Association?
Here is essential information to answer some frequently asked questions.
Who is eligible for membership?
♦ Members are chaplains now serving or having served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Department of Veterans Affairs, or Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol chaplaincies.
♦ Associate members are from among chaplains from other departments or agencies than those listed above, chaplain assistants, religious faith group leaders, and others interested in supporting Warriors and chaplains through the ministry of our Association.
Why belong to the Military Chaplains Association?
An overview of our Association’s ministry involves three major features:
♦ Advocacy for our unique ministry profession.
♦ Support for those who serve as chaplains and their assistants.
♦ Information and referral for a broad spectrum of inquiries.
Ministry Profession Advocacy
♦ Express “the Voice of Chaplaincy” through the only organization outside the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs that is chartered by the United States Congress to speak about and for chaplains and chaplaincies.
♦ Represent the ideals, needs, and accomplishments of military and Veterans Affairs chaplains to religious communities, civilian leaders, Veterans Service Organizations, and the news media.
♦ Enhance government and community efforts to support citizens about to enter, now within, or returning from war zones.
♦ Participate in The Military Coalition comprised of 36 military, Veterans, and uniformed service organizations that represent over 5.5 million personnel and their families. Coalition membership is particularly important since it gives the MCA routine access to Congress for providing crucial information on pending or needed legislation.
♦ Serve as a member of the Veterans Day National Committee. On Veterans Day 2008, MCA presided as the Host Organization for the National Ceremony (White House level) in Arlington National Cemetery. This was a historical first for chaplains!
Ministry Profession Support
♦ Join with a ministry guild from across the religious faith traditions of America that promotes the concept, calling, and commitment of “Chaplains for Life.”
♦ Constitute a continuous Joint service and inter-agency platform for ministry analysis and development of cooperative ministry in order to safeguard the religious needs and spiritual welfare of all personnel that chaplains are called to serve.
♦ Provide pastoral services where active duty, uniformed chaplaincy resources are not available.
♦ Assist post-graduate preparation for service in the Air Force, Army, or Navy chaplaincies through the annual award of Chaplain Candidate Scholarships.
Information and Referral
♦ Respond to inquiries regarding chaplains, chaplaincies, and religious expression in the Armed Services and Department of Veterans Affairs.
♦ Assist people both inside and outside the government system to gain appropriate access for information and issue resolution. We receive hundreds of questions every year, especially from people who are “outside the gate.”
♦ Maintain a database of over 8,600 chaplains – active, Guard, Reserve, retired, or deceased.
How much does it cost to join?
Annual Memberships are:
♦ Introductory – $25 processing fee anytime during the calendar year of initial participation.
♦ Regular & Associate renewals – $50 per calendar year. Renewal period is January and February.
Life Memberships are:
♦ Up to 55 years of age – $600 ♦ Ages 56 to 65 – $500 ♦ Ages 66 and above – $400
Contact the MCA National Office to arrange payment for Life Membership in three installments as needed.
How do I apply for MCA membership?
Print out an application form and mail it to MCA along with a check at the Introductory or Life member level you choose. For new Associate annual and Associate life members, please include a short statement of your background and interest in supporting military and Veterans Affairs chaplaincy. Sign-up on-line: click here
Thank you for your service to community and Nation!
– We hope you will join with us soon –