Chaplain

Branch: 
Adjutant General's Corps
CMF: 
56O
MOS Details
Major Duties: 

As an Army chaplain you will have the responsibility of caring for the spiritual well-being of Soldiers and their Families. An Army chaplain's flock can consist of over 1,500 people. For this reason, the Army chaplain is crucial to the success of the Army's mission. Providing spiritual leadership for the Army Family requires a special person with a unique calling.

Unlike most officers in the Army, a chaplain begins serving as a staff officer immediately. As a member of the commander's special staff, the chaplain is responsible for providing advice in matters pertaining to religion, morals, and morale. The chaplain serves the Army with a chaplain assistant (56M) as part of a Unit Ministry Team (UMT). As a non-combatant, chaplains do not carry or use weapons. The chaplain assistant provides security for the UMT and assists with the administrative aspects of the UMT's ministry. Fully trained in the technical arena of religious support and Soldier-specific tasks, chaplain assistants are an integral part of the UMT's mission.

Qualifications and Prerequisites
Other Qualifications: 
  • Chaplains do not go through Basic Training, instead you must obtain an ecclesiastic endorsement from your religious organization that states the following:
    • A clergy person in your religious organization.
    • Qualified spiritually, morally, intellectually and emotionally to serve as a Chaplain in the Army.
    • Sensitive to religious pluralism and able to provide for the free exercise of religion for all military personnel, their family members and civilians who work for the Army.
    • Possess a baccalaureate degree of not less than 120 semester hours.
    • Pursuing or possess a graduate degree in theological or religious studies, plus have earned at least a total of 72 semester hours in graduate work in these fields of study.
  • Must complete Chaplain Basic Officer Leadership Course (CH-BOLC) a 12-week course taught at Fort Jackson, SC

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