Command and Unit Chaplain Duty Descriptions

56A Battalion Chaplain

Serves as the Battalion Chaplain for [UNIT], offering religious, spiritual, moral, and ethical support to [XX] companies with [XX] personnel. Provides guidance to the Battalion Commander regarding religious support, the personal impact of command policies, leadership practices, and management systems. Offers advice on the spiritual, ethical, and moral well-being of the command. Delivers pastoral care and resilience efforts to sustain Soldiers and family members. Leads and participates in the Battalion Wellness Working Group, which consolidates assessments on high and medium-risk Service Members within the Command. Provides guidance to the Commander on religious accommodation in accordance with AR 600-20. Carries out assigned staff responsibilities and actively supports the Commander’s safety, suicide prevention, retention, behavioral health, and wellness programs.

56A BDE Chaplain

Serves as a personal staff officer to the commander, addressing matters where religion intersects with command programs, personnel, policies, and procedures. Coordinates and directs a comprehensive program of religious ministries, pastoral counseling, religious education, and other activities for the 130th MEB Soldiers and family members. Assumes leadership in moral, ethical, and human self-development programs. Plans and implements the Commander’s Religious Program. Coordinates the efforts of the BDE Religious Affairs NCO, religious support volunteers, and mentors subordinate unit ministry teams. Ensures that appropriate religious rites, including weddings, funerals, baptisms, worship, and counseling, are available to all Soldiers. Carries out assigned staff responsibilities and actively supports the Commander’s safety, suicide prevention, retention, behavioral health, and reintegration programs.

Unit Chaplain

Assumes a senior leadership role as the Unit Chaplain, providing expertise in management, technical and tactical aspects. Shapes the environment to fulfill the Commander’s Religious Support mission by offering technical expertise in religious support operations and understanding the impact of religion on the unit and mission. Takes responsibility for planning, training, professional growth, and career development of two chaplain assistants. Manages the Battalion Unit Ministry Team (UMT) hand-receipt. Advises senior enlisted leaders on chaplain roles and functions, and provides feedback related to unit morale, Soldier spiritual fitness, readiness, and resiliency.

Senior Chaplain

Serves as the Senior Chaplain for the Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), an interagency organization encompassing 23 locations across 17 states. Provides policy recommendations to the Command Chaplain and offers technical expertise in religious support operations. Analyzes religious data and its impact on the unit and mission, ensuring synchronization of religious support requirements with staff. Offers direct support to Forward Operational Assessment Teams. Develops plans, orders, and annexes, and supervises the implementation of Spiritual Fitness Programs. Conducts specialized counseling and manages the property and funds of a $40k budget.


Plans, coordinates, and oversees religious support for all religious facilities on Bagram Air Base, a Forward Operating Base (FOB) housing over 30,000 Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and civilians. Integrates religious operations tasks within the joint, interagency, and multinational environment. Assists in the development and training of resident Unit Ministry Teams. Supports and assists the combat stress control team. Executes the USFOR-A mandate on ASIST training by coordinating, conducting, and supervising ASIST training throughout RC-East.


Engages in strategic planning for the religious support operations of the brigade and its subordinate units. Adapts Unit Ministry Team (UMT) support according to the unit’s METT-T (Mission, Enemy Situation, Terrain and weather, Troops and support available, Time available) considerations. Coordinates the implementation of the Religious Support Program and Command Master Religious Program. Assists Soldiers in developing moral values and resolving conflicts. Provides support to the combat stress control team. Organizes religious retreats and conducts suicide prevention training. Coordinates religious rites, sacraments, ordinances, and the UMT Family Readiness Program.


Integrates Religious Operations, Spiritual Readiness, and Basic Human Interaction tasks within the joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational environment. Synchronizes religious support and incorporates the Unit Ministry Team into a tactical element to support the Commander’s Religious Support Program. Maintains reports, files, and administrative processes for religious operations. Manages and supervises religious support facilities, staff, and operations.

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