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Types of Chaplain Recognition

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Official Endorser is the only officially recognized endorsing person for Unitarian Universalist (UU) applicants for Military Chaplain Candidate Programs, Active Duty Military Chaplains, National Guard/Reserve Chaplains, Civil Air Patrol Chaplains, Merchant Marines, and other federally recognized military/government branches and agencies.

Ecclesiastical Approval

Ecclesiastical approval for the Chaplain Candidate Program may be given to persons in Aspirant status in graduate school of theology or seminary who apply during their first or second year of full-time enrollment and who qualify for the Chaplain Candidate Program. The applicant should be in the process of obtaining ministerial fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association and be working toward ordination. If the aspirant remains in good standing with the UUA, makes normal progress, and meets all other stipulated requirements, he or she may then be considered for endorsement for Active Duty, Armed Forces Reserves, or National Guard ministry after graduation and acceptance into fellowship. Advancement to Ecclesiastical Endorsement would take place after successful interview with the Official Endorser, and it would not be necessary to obtain additional experience prior to such Endorsement.

Ecclesiastical Endorsement

Only the Official Endorser may grant ecclesiastical endorsement for Active Duty/Reserve/National Guard and Veterans Affairs after interview with applicants who are ordained, in fellowship with the UUA, and meet all military age, educational and physical requirements. To be endorsed for Active Duty, applicants (other than those who have been approved Chaplain Candidates) are expected to have at least two years of demonstrated pastoral ministry experience. The Official Endorser may establish other criteria.