Unit Ministry Team
Section III Roles of the Chaplain
Chaplains personally deliver RS. They have two roles: religious
leader and special staff officer.
As a religious leader, the chaplain--
Executes the RS mission, which ensures the free exercise of
religion for soldiers, family members, and authorized personnel.
Upholds the Army Chaplain Corps values: spirituality,
accountability, compassion, religious leadership, excellence, and
The chaplain is a noncombatant and will not bear arms or engage in
combatant acts (AR 165-1).
The chaplain is a staff officer responsible for coordinating the RS
assets and operations within the command. The chaplain is a
confidential advisor to the commander for RS matters. A chaplain is
located at every echelon of command above battalion. In addition to
common staff responsibilities, the chaplain's specific responsibilities
Advising the commander on issues of religion, ethics, and
morale, including the religious needs of all personnel for whom
the commander is responsible.
Providing commanders with pastoral care, personal counseling,
Developing and implementing the commander's RSP.
Exercising staff supervision and technical control over RS
throughout the command.
10 May 2005