MOS 56M Religious Affairs Specialist Duty Descriptions

56M40 Senior Religious Affairs NCO

Serves as the Senior Noncommissioned Officer in charge of Religious Affairs for a Chaplain Detachment (CD-Alpha) consisting of five personnel, including two Officers, the NCOIC, and two Soldiers. Responsible for maintaining accountability of over $175,000 worth of Hand Receipt items and supplies. Manages deployment records, files, and administrative data. Plans and implements enlisted and CD training. Provides mentorship, technical guidance, and tactical training to adjacent Religious Support personnel. Takes the lead in integrating CD for Religious Support at a Maneuver Training Center (MTC). Works closely with the Chaplains of the CD and MTC personnel to ensure the unit’s deployment readiness.

Senior NCO of the Unit Ministry Team (UMT)

Serves as the Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Unit Ministry Team (UMT) for a light infantry battalion comprising approximately 900 Soldiers, NCOs, Officers, and 3 DOD civilians. Accountable for over $70,000 worth of Hand Receipt items and supplies. Organizes support for UMT programs, including controlling offerings for religious worship services. Conducts small group training sessions. Prepares section input for staff estimates and OPORDS. Implements specified elements of the Religious Support Plan and works closely with the Chaplain as a section leader and essential member of the Unit Ministry Team within the Battalion Area of Operations.

HHBN Chaplain Assistant NCO

Provides senior leadership, management, technical expertise, and tactical guidance as the HHBN Chaplain Assistant NCO. Shapes the environment to accomplish the Commander’s Religious Support mission by providing technical expertise in religious support operations and understanding the impact of religion on the unit and the mission. Responsible 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 assistant roles and functions and provides feedback on unit morale, Soldier spiritual fitness, readiness, and resiliency.

56M40 Chaplain Assistant NCOIC

Serves as the Assistant NCOIC of the Chapel. Takes the lead in performing religious support operations. Plans and implements enlisted training, Command Master Religious Program (CMRP), and chaplain annex to OPLANS. Manages chaplain support activities. Develops family spiritual renewal reintegration strategies. Conducts moral leadership training. Implements crisis intervention strategies. Ensures internal controls for funds are in place. Prepares requests for grants. Performs conflict resolution duties.

Chaplain Assistant

Synchronizes religious support in the contemporary operating environment. Coordinates force protection for religious support operations. Maintains situational awareness for the Unit Ministry Team (UMT). Assists in planning religious support operations and deployments. Maintains reports, files, and administrative data for religious operations. Coordinates religious support in the absence of the chaplain. Applies technology to enhance religious operations. Integrates religious operations with Civil Military Operations. Coordinates Traumatic Event Management. Provides specialized peer counseling for combat stress casualties.

56M Major Command Senior Chaplain Assistant

Serves as the senior chaplain enlisted advisor to the Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), a multi-service interagency consisting of 23 locations in 17 states. Provides recommendations on policy to the Command Chaplain. Offers technical expertise in religious support operations and analyzes religious data and its impact on the unit and mission. Synchronizes religious support requirements with staff. Provides direct support to Forward Operational Assessment Teams. Develops plans, orders, and annexes. Supervises the implementation of Spiritual Fitness Programs. Conducts specialized counseling and manages property and funds within a $40,000 budget.

56M20 Hospital Chaplain’s Assistant

Served as the NCOIC of the Department of Ministry and Past oral Care at a multi-specialty 60 operational bed hospital and 21 associated clinics with a staff of 1,168 Soldiers and civilian employees. Provides full spectrum religious support to Soldiers, civilian employees, and authorized family members. Conducts briefings, coordinates religious programming, ceremonies, and worship services. Provides security and maintains accountability and serviceability of over $20,000 worth of equipment and supplies. Serves as an advisor to the Hospital Command Sergeant Major on matters of religion, morals, and morale.

56M30 Chaplain Assistant

Plans for, coordinates, and oversees religious support for all religious facilities on Bagram Airfield (BAF), a Forward Operating Base (FOB) with more than 30,000 soldiers, airmen, sailors, and civilians. Integrates religious operations tasks into the total joint, interagency, and multinational environment. Assists in the development and training of resident Unit Ministry Teams (UMTs). Supports the combat stress control team. Responsible for executing the US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) mandate on Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) by coordinating, conducting, and supervising ASIST training throughout Regional Command-East (RC-East).

56M Chaplain Assistant

Assists the Battalion Chaplain for an M777A2, 155mm towed howitzer battalion in direct support of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team). Accomplishes all aspects of Religious Support Team (RST), including suicide prevention training, assessment, and intervention, spiritual fitness training, screening counselees, and identifying Soldier morale issues. Maintains accountability and serviceability of field and garrison equipment. Assists with all operational and logistical support necessary to sustain the Battalion UMT.

56M Battalion Religious Support Team NCO

Serves as the Battalion Chaplain Assistant for an Airborne Infantry Battalion of over 900 Soldiers. Provides technical, administrative, and battle staff functions and logistical support for worship services and ministry events, along with other religious activities in an Airborne Infantry Battalion. Responsible for consolidating counseling and weekly reports and is the hand-receipt holder for section property in excess of $20,000.

56M Brigade Chaplain Assistant NCO

Serves as the 120th Brigade Chaplain Assistant NCO. Provides training with Training Support Packages (TSPs) for the Chaplains and Chaplain Assistants of mobilized Sustainment Brigades. Provides support for the Married and Singles Strong Bonds Retreats. Orders and acquires manuals and training materials for Couples Retreats. Tracks the Mobile Assistance Team (MAT) Cell Training schedule to ensure UMTs’ training is published and completed. Provides religious support in the absence of a Chaplain.

56M Unit Ministry Team Operations NCO

Serves as the Operations NCO for the (Insert Unit Here) Chaplain’s Cell, responsible for the integration of Religious Support Operations into the unit mission. Synchronizes religious support and integrates the Unit Ministry Team into the tactical element to support the Commander’s Command Religious Support Program. Ensures reports are complete and accurate for distribution to appropriate personnel. Creates, updates, and supervises the publication of maps, charts, orders, annexes, estimates, and graphics. Assists in the development and war gaming of Courses of Action (COAs) during the Military Decision-Making Process (MDMP). Provides supervision and training to all subordinate Unit Ministry Team Chaplain Assistants.

Battalion Unit Ministry Team (UMT) NCO

Serves as the Battalion Unit Ministry Team (UMT) NCO, responsible for the coordination of the Command Master Religious Program. Ensures post-level religious services are provided. Manages the day-to-day logistical operations of the Chaplain’s office. Accounts for UMT equipment and ecclesiastical supplies valued at over $3,000. Ensures all equipment is ready for field operations. Assists with casualty ministry and combat stress control. Serves as the USO representative for the Forward Operating Base (FOB).

56M Chaplain’s Assistant

Integrates Religious Operations, Spiritual Readiness, and Basic Human Interaction tasks into the total joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational environment. Synchronizes religious support and integrates 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 and in support of the Chaplain. Manages, maintains, and supervises religious support facilities, staff, and operations.

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