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
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)
MASCAL SOP and MASCAL Smart Cards
TAB D (Religious Support Annex) written in support of Anakonda 16 while in Poland.
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