4. The duties of auxiliary chaplains will be
of a purely religious nature such as conducting
services and providing private ministrations
which are necessary for the welfare of personnel.
5. The wearing of uniforms by auxiliary
chaplains, including Reserve chaplains acting in
the capacity of auxiliary chaplains, is not
6. Reserve chaplains serving under the
authority outlined in SECNAVINST 1730.3 for
auxiliary chaplains WILL NOT be entitled to
earned drill points or other Reserve compensa-
tion for these services.
Qualifications for Appointment
An auxiliary chaplain must be a fully
ordained clergyperson; and, must have an
ecclesiastical endorsement from an agency that is
recognized by the Armed Forces Chaplains
Board as an endorsing agency. Obtaining this
endorsement is the responsibility of the clergy-
person who is seeking appointment. Endorse-
ments will be sent directly from the endorsing
agency to the Chief of Chaplains.
The appointment process involves a number
of steps. A list of the most important steps is
1. Appointments of auxiliary chaplains will
be made by the commanding officer with the
approval of the Chief of Chaplains.
2. Nominations for appointment will be
made by the commanding officer on the recom-
mendation of the command chaplain. The
nomination will include the name and faith
(denomination) of the applicant and the place
and length of appointment. This nomination
will be submitted on the four-page Application
for Federal Employment, Standard Form 171
(Personal Qualifications Statement), shown in
figures II-3-7 (page 1), II-3-8 (page 2), II-3-9
(page 3), and II-3-10 (page 4). Federal civilian
personnel office advisors are available at most
commands to assist in the preparation of this
3. Standard Form 171 will be sent to the
Chief of Chaplains accompanied by a letter in-
dicating that the applicant has requested an
4. Appointment of auxiliary chaplains will
be made for a term not to exceed 3 years.
Reappointments for additional terms will re-
quire the same procedure as initial appoint-
ments. This means that a Standard Form 171
must be submitted along with the certification of
5. Auxiliary chaplains are hired through the
use of a personal services contract and are
charged against authorized civilian ceilings.
Privileges of Appointees
Auxiliary chaplains ARE NOT authorized
travel pay, subsistence pay, commissary and ex-
change privileges, or other similar privileges
which are granted to members of the military.
However, they may be given temporary duty
travel orders when it is deemed appropriate by
the commanding officer.
Payment of Appointees
Auxiliary chaplains will be paid from appro-
priated fund resources of each local command.
The fee for auxiliary chaplains cannot exceed the
1. for a Sunday or Sabbath service, or a
service conducted on a major religious holy day;
plus, for each additional service held on
these days not to exceed a maximum of 5 per
2. for each weekday service not covered
in the provisions listed in paragraph 1, not to
exceed an average of two weekday services per
week for the period of the appointment.
3. for emergency ministrations where
the services of a military chaplain are not
4. Fees for local national auxiliary chaplains
in foreign countries must conform to the local
economy and be
established by the respective