Are you an Auxiliarist who holds clergy credentials and want to support Religious Ministry programs in the Coast Guard

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Charles “Doug” Kroll

DVC-HH, Clergy Support

The Auxiliary Clergy Support program supplements and supports Navy Chaplains serving with the Coast Guard by expanding Religious Ministry within the Coast Guard to better meet the needs of Coast Guard members and their families.

Coast Guard Chaplains (officers of the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps assigned to the Coast Guard) provide Religious Ministry to Coast Guard members. They play a vital role in support of overall mission execution of the Coast Guard. Due to the limited number of Coast Guard Chaplains, they may be prevented or delayed in the timely response to Religious Ministry requirements.

The Coast Guard (CG) recognizes that the CG Auxiliary is composed of many skilled volunteers, some of whom have clergy credentials. The Auxiliary Clergy Support Program expands the Religious Ministry capacity within the Coast Guard to better meet the needs of Coast Guard members.
The Clergy Support Program does not supplant Coast Guard Chaplains, but supplements and supports their mission. Clergy Support Auxiliarists serve under the direct supervision of their designated Coast Guard Chaplain and must coordinate and report all Religious Ministry support to that Coast Guard Chaplain.
Auxiliarists with clergy credentials must meet many of the same qualifications as members of the Navy Chaplain Corps, which are described in COMDTINST 1730.5. The Chaplain of the Coast Guard (CG-00A) administers the Clergy Support Program and its associated qualification and training requirements.

If you are an Auxiliarist who holds clergy credentials and want to support Religious Ministry programs in the Coast Guard supervised by Coast Guard Chaplains you can obtain more information by contacting: DVC-HH Kroll
 Link to COMDINST 1730.5



  1. Matthew Fleming says:

    Greetings –
    I’m a former Naval Officer, a Master Chaplain with the Federation of Fire Chaplains and the International Conference of Police Chaplains. I am a founding board member, and former director of chaplaincy training for the California Fire Chaplains Association. I’m trained in basic and peer support CISM by ICISF, along with several of their specialized classes. Trained in NIMS/ICS. I’ve participated in or directed hundreds of stress debriefings and assessments. And have served in chaplaincy roles for several natural and man made disasters starting with 9/11, and including several major wildfires, and hurricane Katrina where I worked under FEMA orders.
    My downside, I’m a high school principal, so not as available as I’d like to be, and I only have one leg – the other is a prosthesis. But,I’m currently classified as a K3 moving to K4. If you know what those categories are, then you know I’m active and mobile. My oldest is a Vader at the California Maritime Academy – ladders and hatches don’t bother me.
    Cell: (831)235-9743

  2. Anna McCowan says:

    Greetings Rev. Dr. Charles “Doug” Kroll,

    I possess a BA degree and an M Div degree from an accredited university and seminary. I am affiliated with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and eligible for ecclesiastical endorsement as a chaplain.

    Please contact me by the email provided, how to process into the Auxiliary as clergy support. I will provide more details about myself in a private email to you.

    Anna McCowan

  3. Charles says:


    I am a current Active Duty Chaplain for the USAF, and I would like to lend my services as a Coast Guard Auxillary Clergy Support. Would the process of my application change (under section 10 and paragraph c it says that applicability doe not apply to current DOD Chaplains on orders)? If it does change, what would I need to do?

    I am looking to join as a volunteer as a member of the Coast Gaurd Aux.

    Very Respectfully,

    • admin says:

      Charles, I forwarded your information to Doug Kroll our POC. Please let us know how it works out for you.

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