For 241 years of service
July 29, 2016
On July 29, 1775, the Continental Congress under the advisement of George Washington, authorized pay for one chaplain for each regiment of the Army. Since that time, more than 25,000 Army chaplains have served as religious and spiritual leaders for over 25 million Soldiers and their families.
Always present with their Soldiers in war and in peace, Army chaplains have served in more than 270 wars and combat engagements. Some 400 Army chaplains have laid down their lives in battle. Six have been awarded the Medal of Honor. Their love of God, country and the American Soldier has been a beacon of light and a message of hope for all those who have served our nation.
Today over 2,700 chaplains are serving the total Army representing over 130 different religious organizations.
Army Unit Ministry Teams (Chaplains and Chaplain Assistants) assist our Soldiers, families, Department of Defense personnel, and other support personnel to stay spiritually strong and resilient in every possible setting. They faithfully provide ministry as they encourage the living, care for the wounded, and honor the fallen.
Currently, in the Army, Air Force, and Navy, the IPHC has 14 chaplains on active duty, 5 Reserves/National Guard chaplains, 5 Chaplain Candidates, 14 retired chaplains, and 2 retired chaplain assistants.
Our thanks and prayers go to all who served and continue to serve in the Chaplain Corps.
Chaplain (COL) Jerry L. Jones, U.S. Army, Retired
Director/Endorser Chaplains Ministries
The International Pentecostal Holiness Church