Virginia Defense Force – Chaplain

Chaplain Training Information

Virginia Defense Force chaplains are professionally trained, ordained clergy members that are in good standing with their respective federally recognized ecclesiastical endorsing body, have served faithfully in ministry, and are able to provide for the free exercise of religion according to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by all VDF personnel and their families.


The objective of VDF chaplains is to provide religious support to the Virginia Defense Force across the full spectrum of its operations. The Chaplain Corps assists the commanding general and regimental commanders in ensuring the right to free exercise of religion and providing spiritual, moral and ethical leadership for, and in support of, the VDF, the Virginia Department of Military Affairs and civilians.


Chaplains in the VDF care for the spiritual well-being of VDF personnel, members of the Virginia Department of Military Affairs such as the Virginia National Guard and their families, and civilians in times of need. VDF chaplains are spiritual leaders, and they can be called upon to perform religious ceremonies for births and baptisms, confirmations and marriages, visiting the ill and performing the sacrament of the sick; and to provide spiritual support in time of crisis or disaster.

For more information, contact the VDF Chaplain at

Chaplain Training Resources (Click on the blue link to download the document)

Basic Chaplain Support Activities: VDF-CH000
Unit Ministry Team Leadership: VDF-CH001
Unit Ministry Team Ministry with Other Chaplains: VDF-CH002
Parrish Development: VDF-CH010
Setup for Religious Services in Garrison I: VDF-CH011
Physical Setup for Religious Services in Garrison II: VDF-CH012
Unit Ministry Team Strategies for Soldier Visitation Program: VDF-CH013
Religious Items and Terms: VDF-CH014
Unit Ministry Team Supply and Equipment Requirements: VDF-CH015
Unit Ministry Team Crises Counseling: The Chaplain Assistant’s Role (Required for Chaplain’s Assistants): VDF-CH016
Support Religious Education Activities (Required for Chaplain’s Assistants): VDF-CH017
Unit Ministry Role in Suicide Prevention: VDF-CH018
Operation SAVE, Veteran’s Administration Suicide Prevention: VDF-CH019