CHAPLAIN SERVICE

Can you be a moral and spiritual guide to our soldiers and their families? That's the job of our Chaplains - Professionally Qualified Officers who have been ordained in one of the recognized religions and have been selected to hold a commission in the Army. Chaplains wear Philippine Army uniforms and provide leadership but do not command and do not carry weapons. Chaplains are assigned to a unit with which they live and work, offering spiritual support, pastoral care and moral guidance. Where the unit goes, so does the Chaplain.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide expression of religious beliefs;
  • Guide the moral growth of soldiers, their families and community
  • Perform worship and religious services;
  • Deployed overseas with foreign counterparts to facilitate religious activities for troops during peacekeeping missions.

How to be a Chaplain Service Officer Like No Other?


Step 1: Online Application
If you are a Priest, Pastor or Ustadz, and not a day older than 40 years, apply here

Step 2: Basic Qualifications
  1. 25 to 40 years of age;
  2. Natural-born Filipino citizen;
  3. Of good moral character;
  4. Physically, mentally and psychologically fit for active military service;
  5. Must pass the Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test (AFPSAT) Exam - Math, English and General Knowledge;
  6. You must be able to pass the Physical Fitness Test (PFT); See attached PFT Standard
  7. Admitted into the practice of ministry/priesthood/ustadz in the Philippines for a minimum period of one (1) year as certified by his congregation and recommended by his appropriate religious superior and endorsed by his particular endorsing agency prior to his admission on the Chaplain Service.

Step 3: Train to be a Chaplain Service Officer
Technical and Administrative Service Military Orientation Course is a pre-entry requirement for all applicants who want to join the active military service for the Technical and Administrative Service, Philippine Army.

It is a 45-days training conducted at the AFP Health Service Educational and Training Center (AFPHSETC), AFP Health Service Command, Victoriano Luna Avenue, Quezon City. The TASMOC is designed to provide military orientation and training to P2LT's of TAS with emphasis on the AFP organization, its policies and practices and prepare them prior to their deployment in any PA Military Units (PAMUs) as active members of the Philippine Army Chaplain Service. Likewise, it aims to provide the necessary information on military leadership, universal understanding of military customs and tradition and familiarization of military drills and ceremonies.

Step 4: Schooling
  1. In-house Training at the Office of the Army Chief Chaplain Service
  2. Technical Service Officer Basic Course (TSOBC)

The following are duly recognized endorsing agencies:
  • Roman Catholics - Military Ordinariate of the Philippines (MOP)
  • I.F.I - OBISPO MAXIMO, IGLESIA FILIPINA INDEPENDIENTE
  • Protestant - NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES IN THE PHILIPPINES
  • Islam - THE UNITED ULAMA COUNCIL DARUL IFTAH (House of Council)

Other Qualifications by Religion:
  1. Christian Chaplain
    1. Must be a graduate of baccalaureate degree and;
    2. Must be a graduate of any of the following:
      1. Bachelor of theology from any theological school/learning institution accredited by their respective endorsing agency to the Office of the Chief Chaplain Service.
      2. Master in any theological studies from a recognized institution of learning.

  2. Islam Chaplain

  3. Must be a holder of a baccalaureate degree and must have satisfactorily completed six (6) years of "Madrasa" or its equivalent in local or foreign theological schools.

Degrees Suited for Chaplain Service
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Sacred Theology