Army Chaplain Corps
Chaplain candidates during a field exercise.

Chaplain Initial Military Training

This phase consists of Army Basic Officer Leader Course common core, Army warrior tasks, and orientation to the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps.

Phase 1: focuses on developing the essential staff officer skills needed to function in the Army.

Phase 2: provides basic chaplain ministry and pastoral skills necessary to function as a chaplain at the battalion level.

Phase 3: training brings together leadership, professionalism, and officership in field, garrison and social environments. The main focus of this phase is the 108-hour field training exercise (FTX).

Normally a chaplain candidate completes Chaplain Initial Military Training/CIMT and Phase I as soon as possible, as it is a prerequisite for all other training in the Chaplain Candidate Program. Once halfway through their qualifying degree, chaplain candidates can complete Phases II and III. Candidates who enter the Chaplain Candidate Program after the half-way point of their graduate program may complete the entirety Chaplain Basic Officer Leader Course at once.

For many students, the Chaplain Basic Officer Leader Course is the first opportunity to function as a member of a multi-faith team providing religious support and services to a diverse community. To support student success, program emphasizes:

  • Teamwork to accomplish the religious support mission
  • Integration into the Army community and its customs, courtesies, ethic and traditions
  • Adapting civilian education and experiences to the Army environment
  • Performing the critical staff officer’s skills to work in collaboration with other battalion staff officers and NCOs
  • Advising leaders on the impact of religion on the military community and operations