AFSC 5R0X1 - Chaplain Assistant

Air Force Enlisted Job Description & Qualification Factors

Army Spc. Anthony Berkowitz gives religious items to a detainee in Camp Delta, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, July 7, 2010. Berkowitz is a chaplain’s assistant responsible for providing a wide variety of religious items, such as prayer rugs, caps and beads.
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth/Public Domain

Specialty Summary:

Applies integrated support processes to ensure the free exercise of religion in the Air Force. Manages and implements support processes essential to executing Air Force Chaplain Service's core processes - religious observances, pastoral care, and advice to Air Force leadership regarding spiritual, religious, ethical and moral concerns. Manages and applies personnel, logistics, and professional resources to support chapel-based, unit, medical and deployed ministries.

Provides direct support for chaplain professional ministry. Applies religious sensitivities to support the distinctive spiritual needs of the pluralistic military community. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 561.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Manages and implements support of religious observances. Coordinates religious observance requirements, assesses support needs, formulates plans, and prioritizes the use of available resources to support chaplain professional ministry including: worship services, liturgies, rites, and ceremonies. Prepares and maintains religious accouterments, facilities, and equipment. Organizes, trains, supervises, and coordinates with laity to support chapel-based ministry. Prepares and maintains public relations materials and professional information resources. Obtains, operates, and maintains multimedia systems. Identifies and coordinates requirements for religious observances with medical and mortuary affairs personnel.

Safeguards religious offerings.

Manages and implements support of pastoral care. Coordinates pastoral care requirements and assesses support needs. Formulates plans and prioritizes the use of all available resources. Enables the chaplain professional ministries to provide religious instruction, spiritual renewal, lay training, involvement and recognition, pastoral counseling, crisis and suicide intervention and critical incident stress management, spiritual nurturing, pastoral visitation, and ecclesiastical relations.

Applies knowledge of religious cultures, suicide and crisis intervention, and critical incident stress management to support chaplain emergency ministrations. Responds to aircraft crash sites, hostage situations, causality collection points, evacuation and deployment centers, and areas of need to support chaplain team members. Protects privileged communication by locating appropriate areas for chaplain pastoral counseling during contingencies. Coordinates support requirements for chaplain pastoral counseling with medical and mortuary affairs personnel. Coordinates, prepares, and presents religious customs and culture briefings. Publicizes availability of chaplain professional services to assigned personnel. Coordinates and develops steward- ship and social outreach activities appropriate to host communities. Coordinates Chaplain Service activities with military and civilian organizations.

Manages and implements processes which assist chaplains in giving advice to Air Force leadership. Supports chaplain professional advice regarding spiritual, religious, ethical and moral issues. Interprets and implements Chaplain Service policies, responsibilities and procedures inherent to the free exercise of religion.

Assists in resolving accommodation of religious practice issues.

Executes Chaplain Service Support management. Manages Chaplain Service budgets internal controls, resources and support systems. Assesses ministry support and the application of available resources, analyzes data, implements adjustments, and conducts follow-up. Provides force protection of chaplains and physical security for Chaplain Service resources. Manages and coordinates Chaplain Service control center operations. Ensures equitable distribution of resources to meet pluralistic ministry needs. Provides management and oversight of Chaplain Services nonappropriated fund automated systems. Develops and executes ministry support plans and annexes. Coordinates religious support requirements for contingency operations. Procures ecclesiastical equipment and supplies.

Coordinates inter-service and host-tenant support agreements impacting ministry needs and requirements. Coordinates and maintains non-chaplain additional resource personnel documents. Assesses and processes religious facility maintenance, modification, and new construction to meet ecclesiastical and professional ministry requirements. Provides protocol and manages special projects and programs for visiting ecclesiastical representatives. Maintains religious data lists of assigned personnel.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: concepts of religious pluralism, religious diversity and religious accommodation in the Air Force, chaplain privileged communications and confidentiality; and faith group requirements; principles of interpersonal relationships, screening and interviewing techniques, and suicide and crisis intervention skills; inspection and evaluation procedures; appropriated fund resource management, chaplain fund oversight and management, and religious facility management; communications and computer resource security; and personnel readiness, force protection of chaplains, war planning, and mobilization procedures.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of courses in English composition, accounting, computer operations, world religions, and human behavior is desirable.

Training. The following training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

AFSC 5R031. Completion of a basic chaplain assistant course.

AFSC 5R071. Completion of an advanced chaplain assistant course.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated: (Note: See Explanation of Air Force Specialty Codes).

5R051. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 5R031. Also, experience in religious program and readiness support, and resource management procedures.

5R071. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 5R051. Also, experience managing readiness operations; supervising or performing functions such as planning and inspecting chaplain service support activities; and managing resources.

5R091. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 5R071. Also, experience organizing and managing chaplain service support activities.

Other. The following are mandatory as indicated:

For entry into this specialty:

1. No history of emotional instability, personality disorder, or other unresolved mental health problems.

2. No record of conviction for any major offenses, or sexual, larceny, theft, or assault-related serious offenses listed in AFI 36-2002, Regular Air Force and Special Category Accessions.

3. Certification by the Wing Chaplain (or equivalent) and noncommissioned officer in charge that the individual has been interviewed and is acceptable for entry.

For award of AFSC 5R031, ability to type or keystroke at a minimum rate of 20 words per minute (wpm).

For award of AFSC 5R051, ability to type or keystroke on a keyboard at a minimum rate of 35 wpm.

Note: This job requires a Sensitive Job Code(SJC) of "F."

Strength Req: G

Physical Profile: 333233

Citizenship: No

Required Appitude Score : G-43 or A-40 (Changed to G-44 or A-35, effective 1 October 2004).

Technical Training:

Course #: M3ABR5R031

Length (Days): 38

Location: Max

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