CAP has a vital interest in the moral and spiritual welfare of its members. The CAP chaplaincy is an organization of clergy who are appointed and endorsed as CAP chaplains. They represent their various denominations and support the pluralistic ministry of the CAP Chaplain Corps.
Functional Address: CAP SER/HC
Welcome to the Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Service!
CAP chaplains function in a uniquely pluralistic environment. Frequently, this is a new dimension for a clergy person who, in civilian life, lives and works mostly with those of shared beliefs and practices.
To be a chaplain to all CAP members means to be faithful to one's own beliefs and traditions, and equally supportive and respectful of other traditions and beliefs. In Constitutional terms, CAP chaplains embody both the "free exercise" and the "no establishment" clauses of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The CAP Chaplain is designed to introduce clergy to the CAP chaplaincy; assist them in learning to apply their professional skills in the CAP environment; increase their ability to work as a team with other clergy of various faiths; sharpen their skills as team members in guiding and counseling individuals of the CAP family; increase their confidence in their ability to serve effectively as CAP chaplains; and help them comprehend the role of the CAP chaplain in relationship to their denomination and CAP. It is not intended to be a final, completed monument of accomplishment, but rather a series of tools and suggestions that will promote creativity, adaptability, and growth.
The specific duties of CAP chaplains at each echelon of command are stated in CAPR 265-1. Every chaplain should be familiar with the following CAP directives: CAPR 20-1, CAPR 265-1, CAPP 221, CAPP 221A and CAPP 265-4