The 34th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) is an Army National Guard Brigade that supports the 34th Infantry Division and the State of Minnesota by providing aviation assets for both federal and state active duty missions. The aviators of the 34th CAB fly the UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. The 34th CAB Headquarters is stationed in St. Paul.
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Since 1775, Chaplains in the US Army have acted as spiritual counselors who support, motivate, and provide emotional guidance to Soldiers and their families and nurture the soul of the Army.
Tend to the spiritual needs of every Soldier both at home and while on deployment.
Recognize the physical, mental, and spiritual challenges Soldiers must face every day
Leverage innovative approaches to counseling, spiritual care, religious programs, and services
The Chaplain Advantage
As a member of the Minnesota National Guard Chaplaincy, you’ll feel fulfillment in ways that you wouldn’t experience in a civilian career.
You’ll engage in challenging work and helping families build spiritual resilience as they deal with unique physical, mental, and spiritual challenges.
You will support religious diversity while you observe the distinctive doctrines of your faith, while honoring and ensuring the right for others to observe their own. We represent many denominations and faiths, from ministers and priests to imams and rabbis.
You will also enjoy the deep satisfaction of answering your spiritual calling while performing a vital service for your state and nation, making not only a profound difference in the lives of Soldiers in the Minnesota Army National Guard, but in the lives of their families, friends, and communities.
Many ways to make a difference
Chaplains serve almost every type of unit in the Army, from infantry and intelligence to hospitals and community ministries.
Provide marriage and family counseling
Serve as a staff chaplain at a combat arms unit like Field Artillery, Armor, Infantry, or Aviation.
Get advanced training for additional duties including staffing Chaplains in needed locations, and managing Chaplaincy-related personnel, finances, logistics, and facilities
We’ll pay for your education
The Army National Guard’s Chaplain Candidate Program (CCP) is designed for ministry students who want to explore or get a head start on a career in Army Chaplaincy while still in school. By participating in CCP, you’ll gain valuable experience and make a real impact in the lives of Soldiers and their families.
Gain valuable ministry education and training
Enjoy benefits and privileges associated with being an Officer
Receive up to 100% of tuition costs
Work as a National Guard Chaplain part-time
As a Chaplain in the Minnesota Army National Guard or Air National Guard, you’ll serve part time in support of your community, state, and country. You’ll be able to pursue a civilian ministry while you serve and train near home, spending one weekend a month on Chaplain duties and two weeks a year in training on average.
Army National Guard Chaplain requirements and next steps
Whether you’re looking to start your career or you’re already well into your journey, there are certain requirements and steps you’ll need to take – we will help in this process:
Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or are a current graduating college senior
Secure an endorsement for military service from a qualified religious organization
Enroll or get accepted as a full-time student in an accredited graduate or seminary program of 72 semester hours, of which half must be courses in religiosity.
Common questions about chaplains
Q: Do Army Chaplains have to go to Basic Training?
A: As a Chaplain, you won't participate in the Basic Training that enlisted Soldiers complete. Instead, you'll attend the Chaplain Basic Officer Leader Course (CHBOLC), a required training course that focuses on your professional, physical, academic, and spiritual growth as a military Chaplain. You’ll have 36 months to complete the four phases of training, totaling approximately 13 weeks.
Q: Do Army Chaplains have to pass a fitness test?
A: Yes, you must meet Army height and weight standards, as well as pass the Army Combat Fitness Test.
Q: What religions are included in the Army Chaplaincy?
A: The Army Chaplaincy is a pluralistic, multi-faith program—ministers, priests, imams, rabbis, and more, make up the Chaplaincy. While each Army Chaplain is a clergy person in their specific denomination or faith group and won’t be asked to perform services or duties outside of their denomination, their role is to promote spirituality and faith and serve all service members, regardless of background and religion.
To get more information on becoming a Chaplain in the Minnesota Army National please contact Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Buddy Winn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-282-4291 to find out more.
The Minnesota National Guard offers physicians and medical students the opportunity to broaden their professional horizons. National Guard physicians train side-by-side with some of the country's - and the world's - premiere physicians. They utilize unique medical equipment designed to meet the rigorous conditions of military medicine.
Become an Army Medical Department Officer
The Army National Guard offers physicians and medical students the opportunity to broaden their professional horizons. Army National Guard physicians train side-by-side with some of the country's - and the world's - premiere physicians. They utilize unique medical equipment designed to meet the rigorous conditions of military medicine. Professional development and training are foundations of the Army Medical Corps. Army National Guard physicians have the opportunity to attend many specialized courses and seminars not always available to civilians. Military training courses are also available to prepare physicians for key leadership and staff positions.
Medical and dental students and licensed professionals click here for an in-depth look at the incentives available to you as an appointed Medical Corps Officer in the Army National Guard. These include up to $240,000 in loan repayment, up to $75,000 in special pay and multiple student officer programs.
Physician Assistant, Physical Therapist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Social Work and Clinical Psychology students and licensed professionals click here for an in-depth look at the incentives available to you as an appointed Specialty Corps or Medical Services Corps Officer in the Army National Guard. These include up to $75,000 in loan repayment and up to $60,000 in special pay.
Please contact the Specialty Branch Recruiter for assistance at email@example.com, or (651) 435-0468.