Chaplain Assistants, also known in the Army as Religious Affairs Specialists, act as counselors for their fellow soldiers and provide backup to Army chaplains. This job, which is a military occupational specialty (MOS) 56M. The soldier in this position will do everything from preparing spaces for worship to managing supplies.

Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support

Military Duties:

There's a long list of duties for religious affairs specialists, most of which center around supporting the chaplain. This job isn't just about leading other soldiers in prayer or attending religious services. Chaplin assistants synchronize religious support in their contemporary operating environment. That means it's up to the chaplain's assistant to help the chaplain determine what religious practices may or may not be appropriate in a given area where a unit is deployed, for instance. They also coordinate and help provide security for any operations involving indigenous religious leaders. Like their civilian counterparts, soldiers in MOS 56M is responsible for safeguarding privileged communications, conducting crisis interventions, and coordinating traumatic event management, to ensure soldiers get the counseling they need in difficult situations, such as combat stress. Religious affairs specialists also provide emergency ministration when needed, such as last rites or other urgent religious counseling, and manage religious support resources. This can range from overseeing the religious property, equipment, materials, and funds. Regardless of their particular denomination, these soldiers coordinate religious support for soldiers of all faiths.

Military Duties Translated:

Assess patients through detailed conversations, interviews, and observations to determine the appropriate testing or examination. Diagnose patient’s mental and emotional disorders. Create effective treatment plans that include counseling, medication, or other services. Work with your patient and develop goals. Regularly discuss the treatment plan with your patient to identify faults or room for improvement. Educate appropriate coping mechanisms to help patients through tough situations. Record the patient’s progress and change their treatment plan when needed.

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