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56M--Chaplain Assistant


Basic Job Description

Chaplain Assistants provide much-needed support to the Chaplains during missions and everyday activities. A Chaplain Assistant primarily provides support for the Unit Ministry Team programs and worship services.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

Synchronize religious support in the contemporary operating environment. Integrate the Unit Ministry Team into a tactical element. Coordinate force protection for religious support operations. Monitor situational awareness for the Unit Ministry Team. Coordinate the circulation of the Unit Ministry Team in the contemporary operating environment. Operate a tactical wheeled vehicle platform and organic armaments. Operate communication equipment and digital reporting systems. Assist in planning religious support operations and deployments. Maintain reports, files, and administrative data for religious operations. Coordinate religious support in the absence of the chaplain. Apply technology to religious operations. Integrate religious operations with Civil Military Operations. Research religious information to answer Commander's Critical Information Requirements. Prepare religious area analysis. Provide coordination, security and analysis support to indigenous religious leader liaison operations. Safeguard privileged communications. Perform crisis intervention. Coordinate Traumatic Event Management. Conduct specialized peer counseling for combat stress casualties. Provide emergency religious ministrations. Assess unit morale for targeted religious support. Manage religious support resources to include property, ecclesiastical equipment, section material/supplies and non-appropriated funds. Manage multi-purpose worship facilities and programs. Coordinate religious support for all faith groups.

Training Information

Job training for a chaplain assistant position requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training where you’ll learn basic Soldiering skills and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • English grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Typing and clerical skills
  • Preparing forms and correspondence in Army style
  • Roles and responsibilities of Army chaplains
  • Religious history and background

ASVAB Score Required: 90 in aptitude area CL

Security Clearance: Secret

Strength Requirement: moderately heavy

Physical Profile Requirement: 222221

Other Requirements

  • Must be able to at a minimum speed of 20 net words per minute.
  • Must have favorable ENTNAC (Entrance National Agency Check) prior to award of MOS 56M
  • Must be a volunteer and agree to provide religious support for all religions supported by the command
  • Must understand he/she is a combatant and will participate in firearms training and bear arms
  • Must have no pattern of undesirable behavior as evidenced by civil and military records
  • No record of convictions by court martial
  • No record of civilian conviction within the last two years other than minor traffic offenses
  • A valid state motor vehicle operator's permit (not due to expire prior to completion of AlT)

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