I took attended two colleges my advice would be not to rush your journey. I took extra counseling classes in understanding ptsd and trauma, the impact of suicidal thoughts. I took classes on ethics and also 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education. I took classes in understanding taboos in cultures and crisis management.
Having been a Lay Minister many years ago, I always thought the seminary environment was very positive for those in the ministry. I'm certain there are some theology classes that can be taken online, but some just simply have to be enjoyed in a classroom environment.
Many of our chaplains had already been through seminary and were either rabbis/pastors/priests in their own religion. Depending on your faith, you have to have something from that diocese/convention/beis din in order to be released to serve in the military. It's not like a typical recruit/ MOS situation.
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