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Chaplain Assistant (56M)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level

Overview

Chaplain assistants provide much-needed support to the chaplains during missions and everyday activities. A chaplain assistant’s primary purpose is support for the unit ministry team programs and worship services.

Job Duties

  • Synchronize religious support in the contemporary operating environment
  • Coordinate force protection for religious support operations
  • Coordinate the circulation of the unit ministry team in the contemporary operating environment
  • Operate communication equipment and digital reporting systems
  • Assist in planning religious support operations and deployments
  • Maintain reports, files and administrative data for religious operations.
  • Apply technology to religious operations
  • Conduct specialized peer counseling for combat stress casualties

Requirements

Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.

Training

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

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in organization and keeping accurate records
  • Preference for clergy office work
  • Experienced operating typewriters, computers and other office machines
  • Ability to organize and plan

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Clerical (CL) : 90

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

Compensation

Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills learned can be applied to many positions assisting clergy members in churches, synagogues or mosques.

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program

Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

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