The Chaplains Commission is composed of denominations and churches that are first members of the NAE and then members of the Chaplains Commission. These members together are the largest representative body of chaplains in the U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans Administration. The Commission currently represents over 1,000 active duty, Reserve, National Guard and civilian institutional chaplains serving around the world and directly endorses nearly 100 chaplains and candidates. We work to represent our chaplains by keeping abreast of and speaking to decisions regarding our chaplains that are being made by our nation's leaders in Washington and around the world.
The NAE Chaplains Commission was formed in 1944 to assist evangelical chaplains in the military. Although many members of the NAECC have developed their own endorsing agencies, the NAE directly endorses chaplains from small denominations or "stand alone" churches that ask us to endorse and represent their chaplains whom they have recommended for the military or VA chaplaincy. Not only do we provide endorsement, we also are dedicated to ongoing support of our chaplains and their families via training conferences, visitation and regular correspondence with information that impacts their ministry. We also provide assistance to churches that are interested in supporting chaplains through prayer and friendship. We are an active member of The National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces (NCMAF) and The Endorsers Conference for Veterans Affairs Chaplaincy (ECVAC). These bodies include the official representatives of all major faith groups in the United States.