Company: US Navy
Posted on: June 20, 2022
As a Religious Program Specialist (RP), you're more than a
facilitator of religious services. To our Sailors, you are the
listening ear, helping hand and friendly face they may need to get
through tough times.
From Judaism and Hinduism, to Christianity and Islam, Religious
Program Specialists ensure that every Sailor has proper access to
the resources needed to follow their faith. This includes duties
like preparing devotional materials, organizing faith-based events,
maintaining religious records and serving as a source of personal
security for Navy Chaplains.
The role of a Religious Program Specialist is about bringing
Sailors together and helping to support their mental health through
faith, whether they're religious or not. From suicide prevention,
to relationship advice, to self-esteem issues, you will make sure
your fellow Sailors always have someone to talk to and a solution
to their problems.
As a Religious Program Specialist in the Navy, your role could give
you the opportunity to:
- Support clergy of all faiths in the facilitation of religious
- Provide physical security for Chaplains during field exercises
and in combat environments
- Maintain records, ecclesiastical documents and references for
various faith groups
- Operate, manage and maintain religious ministry facilities
afloat and ashore
- Assist in the preparation of devotional and religious
educational materials and audiovisual displays
- Handle all phases of the logistical support requirements for
religious programs aboard ships, at shore stations and hospitals
and for Marine Corps units and other sea service commands
- Operate/maintain libraries and publicize the command's
- Work under the oversight of Navy Chaplains
Wherever Chaplains are stationed, Religious Program Specialists are
there to assist. Working indoors, in the field, on bases, in
hospitals or in combat situations, they may serve literally
anywhere in the world.
Training & Advancement
Upon completion of initial training at Recruit Training Command
Great Lakes (known as Boot Camp), those pursuing a Religious
Program Specialist role report to the Naval Chaplaincy School &
Center at Fort Jackson, SC, where they receive formal Navy training
at "A" School for 8 weeks. From there, Religious Program
Specialists attend "C" School for 5 weeks of Marine combat
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and
based on performance.
It's also important to note that specialized training received and
work experience gained in the course of service can lead to
valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related
fields opportunities in related fields in the civilian sector.
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and
certifications, Navy training in the field of religion can
translate to credit hours toward a bachelor's or associate degree
through the American Council on Education .
You may also continue your education through undergraduate degree
opportunities like the Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance
and the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Qualifications & Requirements
A high school diploma or equivalent is required to become an
Enlisted Sailor as an RP in the Navy. Those seeking a Religious
Program Specialist position must be U.S. citizens, possess a valid
driver's license, be able to type 30 words a minute and understand
that their work schedule may require duties to be performed in the
evenings and on weekends and holidays. Religious Program
Specialists must be supportive of clergy and people of all faiths,
set high standards and be of good moral character.
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you're
currently serving , whether you've served before or whether you've
never served before .
Serving part-time as a Navy Reserve Sailor, your duties will be
carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods.
During monthly drilling, Religious Program Specialists in the Navy
Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.
For Annual Training, Religious Program Specialists may serve
anywhere in the world, whether on a ship at sea, bases and
installations on shore or in the field. Take a moment to learn more
about the general roles and responsibilities of Navy Reserve
Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The
basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one
weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year
(referred to as Annual Training) - or the equivalent of that.
Religious Program Specialists in the Navy Reserve serve in an
Enlisted role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training
that comes with the job, initial training requirements must be
For current or former military Enlisted service members, prior
experience satisfies the initial Recruit Training requirement, so
you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.
For those without prior military experience: you will need to meet
the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp in
Great Lakes, IL. This training course will prepare you for service
in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.
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