Chaplain Resources

As US Army Chaplains there are several publications that you should have in your possession.  I am providing some of the key ones here.

Army Chaplain Corps Activities (AR 165-1)
Religious Support (FM 1-05)
Religious Support Handbook for the UMT (TC 1-05)
Religious Affairs in Joint Operations (JP 1-05)
H.R. 4310 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013

Command Master Religious Program
A CMRP is the Command Master Religious Program. It is used as guide for to define the Commander’s religious support plan for a unit. The Chaplain is charged to write and manage the plan, but one must always remember that Religious Support is the Commander’s responsibility. This is not the end all be all for a CMRP, but I hope these documents will get you started in the right direction. I would appreciate any feedback that you may give me.
FY16 CRMP Example – 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion
CMRP in Microsoft Word Do not try to edit the table of contents page. It will update itself as you edit the body of the document. Be sure to use the same styles, but your can change the colors. Look for the red text highlighted in yellow.
CMRP in Microsoft Excel I had to change the format of my CMRP for submission to my higher brigade in FY17. This is essentially the same type of information in the Word version, but in an Excel format.
Memorandum for Record – Using Appropriated Funds to Pay for Chaplain-led Activities

Weekly Reports
As a staff officer, a Chaplain needs to account for how he invests his time (or her time). Below is a weekly report I send to my Battalion Commander, Executive Officer and the Brigade Chaplain every week. The hours you put down for each event is not to show your supervisors you are working, but to show you where you are investing your time and perhaps areas you have neglected; it’s a weekly reflection of sorts.
Religious Support Tracker as a Weekly Report in Microsoft Excel  Follow the instruction located within the workbook.

Even though we don’t write a lot of OPORDs or FRAGOs, they are the language of the Army. It is a good idea to support each of your activities within the unit with an OPROD or FRAGO. It allows the Unit to track the event and place it on the official calendar. It is also helpful in securing your participants because it validates the training a Chaplain is providing making it more difficult to withdraw or otherwise task the participants your are counting on to attend the training.
Strong Bonds Couples OPORD
Strong Bonds Singles OPORD
Commander’s Memorandum for Strong Bonds Participation
Strong Bonds Participant Evaluation Form 

Operations and Field Craft
The Army is an organization that must have expeditionary capability in the field, so the UMT must also have this function. Here are a few products I developed with a logistics battalion. Please us an modify to fit your context.
UMT Tactical Standard Operating Procedures (TACSOP)
UMT Garrison Standard Operation Procedures (GARSOP)
UMT Battle Drills (Power Point that can be printed out on 5×8 note cards)
TAB D (Religious Support Annex) written in support of Anakonda 16 while in Poland.

Religious Accommodation
We are tasked to evaluate the religious needs of personnel assigned to us. We have a mandate to “perform or provide” this religious support. One on the most common religious accommodation requests I get are for separate rations based on religious dietary requirements. Here are three examples of memorandums for record (MFR) I wrote for Soldiers.
Army Directive 2016-34 Religious Accommodation Process
Army Directive 2017-03 (Policy for Brigade-Level Approval of Certain Requests for Religious Accommodation) 
Seventh Day Adventist MFR for Separate Rations 
Islam MFR for Separate Rations
Hindu MFR for Separate Rations

A list of good and helpful readings:
Resolving Ethical Challenges in an Era of Persistent Conflict
Lying to Ourselves-Dishonesty and the Army Profession
Finding the Right Way Toward an Army Institutional Ethic
A Soldier’s Moraltiy, Religios, and our Professional Ethic

Other Helpful Publications
Leadership Statements and Quotes, DA PAM 600-65
A Guide to Protocol and Etiquette for Official Entertainment, DA PAM 600-60
Preparing and Managing Correspondence, AR 25-50
Army Tactics, Techniques,and Procedures ATTP 5-0.1
Flags, Guidons, Streamers, Tabards, and Automobile and Aircraft Plates, AR 840–10 (see page 48 for Chaplain Flags)
The Profession of Arms
Chief of Chaplains Guidance Memorandum – Transgender

26 thoughts on “Chaplain Resources

  1. This is very detailed and helpful. When I ask most seasoned Chaplains about planning assistance they never can produce anything or tell me how to. So this is a treasure chest of information.

    1. Thanks for the compliment. If you’re not finding exactly what you’re looking for, let me know. I need to add several items, but I haven’t had the time lately. You can hit me up at chapcalvert (@) gmail dot com.

  2. Thank you. I am a Reserve Chaplain and would like to CMRP that reflects our unique mission. Have you seen something like this?

    1. You can start with the couple of examples I have here and adjust it to your needs and mission set. Also, speak with your Brigade Chaplain. He/She may have a prescript format. I don’t want you to do twice the work.

  3. In your bio is states that it is your goal to have SOPs, have you created any yet? I have a couple, but I am still building a majority of what I need. Blessings.

    1. I do have a handful. I just have not had the opportunity to upload/update this current page. Thanks for the reminder. I’ll see what I can do over the next couple of weeks.

  4. Do you have any Good SOP templates for Army memorial services and memorial ceremonies?

  5. Thank you very much CH Calvert for all the effort to place these very good documents. I’m an Army Reserve Chaplain. Can you pls also send me that SOP templates for Army memorial services and memorial ceremonies? Thx

    1. Can you send me an email at chapcalvert (at) gmail dot com? I’ll reply with your requested information, but you may also check through your Brigade Chaplain to your Division (or equivalent) to get your specific SOPs for memorials and funerals. The one I’ll send you is belongs to 21st TSC here in Europe. There will likely be some minor differences, but the big brush strokes will be there.

  6. I really appreciate the information shared here, as a new AD Chaplain in Fort Drum going to deployment soon feel sometimes overwhelmed, these resources are comprehensive and very professional. Thank you very much, Though I still have questions and I would like to have a point of contact to make them. Hugs and blessings.

    1. Jose, for now you may contact me at chapcalvert (at) gmail (dot) com. I am currently living in Germany until I PCS at the end of the month. Then, I will be in South Carolina. Contact me then to get a State-side phone number.

  7. Do you have any templates for writing a MOR recommending a hardship discharge?

    1. Hmm. I know that will at least take a DA 4187 and huge justification support packet. You will only be a small piece of that puzzle. My first thoughts are this is highly unlikely to happen, but I imagine a memo similar to one used for a compassionate reassignment would be appropriate. Each is unique and should be a one page memorandum for record (MFR). Your SM will definitely need support from your Brigade commander or higher the better. Difficult family (immediate or extended) circumstances will not be sufficient. That would definitely be a compassionate reassignment consideration. I also recommend your SM speak with the battalion career counselor because this affects your SM’s contract obligation. I would advise your SM to speak with JAG, EO, and/or your CSM and any other applicable support agency.

  8. CH Calvert, outstanding job! Incredibly detailed and I can tell you have a true love for excellence. – CH Pyo

  9. CH Calvert – I am a Senior Instructor for Reserve/AGR 56Ms. I am currently teaching SLC and was preparing to conduct a class on Managing the CMRP last night. The curriculum I was provided was supposed to include a CMRP example; but it didn’t. So I googled for one, and lo and behold found your site. I found so much more great knowledge and resources than just the CMRP examples you provide. I couldn’t miss the opportunity to share what I had found, so I added your link to the Student Folder on Blackboard so that all of the students can now access your site and benefit from your diligence and expertise. I briefly showed them your site during class today so that they could see some of what you had to offer. Thank you for the time you spent putting this together and for your willingness to share your wealth of knowledge and experience.

  10. Sir,
    I am just about to finish CHBOLC but continue to feel inadequate, so I decided to do more research and came up on your site with all the samples documents and resources that show what right looks like are priceless.
    Please continue the good work.
    Are you still in Arizona?

    1. I am in the process of redesigning serval aspects of this website. Sorry about that. What resources are you looking for? Please email me at chapcalvert (at) gmail (dot) com.

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