Serving as a Military Chaplain or on the Chaplain support staff is a job for those who are people persons. If you are an empathetic and caring person who relates well to people then this may be the job well suited to you. A Chaplain is a person who is responsible for caring for the well being and spiritual and emotional health of others, soldiers and their families and dependants. An Army Chaplain can have a parish that consists of as many as 1,500 people. For this specific reason the Army Chaplain is considered one of the personnel that is critical to the mission of a particular Army facility or Army base.
Being a Chaplain requires a special person with a unique calling in life. Serving as an Army Chaplain is a job that reflects how different and diverse the religious community can be. Each Army Chaplain represents a specific religious denomination or religious belief system. The position of Army chaplain supervises the spiritual care and support of the Army and civilian personnel in their parish or group. The Chaplain in the Army observes and oversees support and spiritual care for the personnel in their parish or unit, no matter where the troops are assigned, deployed or stationed. They assist in care of their congregation at their assigned post, performing various rituals, rites and religious ceremonies depending on what the procedure is with their specific faith.
A chaplain begins straight away as a Staff Officer, and is a member of the Commanders special staff. A chaplain advises and gives support to commanding officers and their senior staff, on all matters pertaining to morale, morals, religion and ceremonial observation. The Chaplain serves in the Army as part of a Unit Ministry Team. The Army Chaplain does not possess nor do they participate in weapons training. The Assistant to the Chaplain is a enlisted person who is tasked with the personal support, security and protection of the Chaplain. The assistant to the Chaplain receive specific training in the areas that the chaplain needs support in.
Chaplain assistants are an important part of the ministry Army Team unit. Other duties common to the Chaplaincy is overseeing and supervising religious education, special events and counseling sessions, officiating at funerals, military events military functions, weddings and memorials, and dealing with other types of soldier support and emotional counseling as necessary to support the Army mission.