Chaplain - 56A
As an Army chaplain you will have the responsibility of caring for the spiritual well-being of Soldiers and their Families. An Army chaplain's flock can consist of over 1,500 people. The Army chaplaincy is a religiously diverse population reflecting the diversity of the Army, yet each chaplain ministers according to the tenets of his or her distinctive faith community. Unlike most officers in the Army, a chaplain begins serving as a staff officer immediately.
Chaplains do not go through Basic Combat Training. Instead, you will attend the Chaplain Basic Officer Leadership Course, which is a 12-week course taught at Fort Jackson, S.C. This course will provide you with an introduction to the noncombatant common core skills, Army writing and chaplaincy-specific training.
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is an examination that is administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command. It is used to determine qualification and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.
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