It is important to note that personnel selected
for the RP rating are limited to performing
religious program tasks which do not require
ordination or licensing. Even though members
of the rating are required to support chaplains
and persons of all faith groups, a Religious Pro-
gram Specialist does not conduct worship serv-
ices, administer sacraments and ordinances, nor
function as a pastoral counselor. RPs do not
exercise any of the ministerial functions of the
clergy or Navy chaplains.
This module provides information that is
directly related to certain occupational stand-
ards for RP3 and RP2. Module II (Logistics
Support and Financial Control) and Module III
(Administration) provide information on the
remainder of the occupational standards for
RP3 and RP2 not covered in this module. Occu-
pational standards comprise the tasks that
enlisted personnel must accomplish in order to
meet the Navys requirements. These specific
occupational requirements form the basis for
personnel training, advancement, and distribu-
tion. It is important to remember that occupa-
tional standards are MINIMUM standards
representing the LOWEST level of skill that all
personnel must possess in order to function
effectively at a given rate. Figure 1-2 shows the
specific occupational standards for RP3 and
RP2 that will be discussed in this module.
Rate training manuals are revised periodi-
cally to conform with official publications,
directives, documents, and instructions on
which they are based. RPs should always refer to
the official sources in the performance of their
duties. Rate training manuals (RTMs) are
developed primarily to help applicants prepare
for advancement to the next highest paygrade.
However, the personnel who prepare the fleet-
wide examinations for advancement will always
use the most recent material in writing examina-
tion questions. This is one important reason why
the RP should stay completely informed on any
changes that occur in official publications.
To assist personnel in studying for advance-
ment, the Bibliography for Advancement Exam-
ination Study (NAVEDTRA 10052 series) is
revised and issued each year by the Chief of
Naval Education and Training. Figure 1-3
shows the front cover of this publication for
calendar year 1982. The RP should check with
the personnel in the local commands educa-
tional services office to ensure that this
bibliography is current and readily available for
use in the Command Religious Program (CRP).
The first several sections of this chapter will
be devoted to describing: the functions of the
Chief of Chaplains, the Chaplain Corps, and the
chaplain; the history of the RP rating; RP skills
and knowledge; the CRP ashore and afloat; and
CRP jargon. This background information is
provided to outline the evolution of
rating and to show the important role
RP plays in todays Navy.
CHIEF OF CHAPLAINS
Respect and custom established the unoffi-
cial title Chief of Chaplains prior to its
official establishment by an Act of Congress on
22 December 1944. Since March 1945, the Navy
Chaplain Corps has been headed by a Chief of
Chaplains with the rank of rear admiral. Nor-
mally, the Chief of Chaplains is selected from
among the rear admirals of the Chaplain Corps
on active duty and is assigned to the Office of
the Chief of Naval Operations (OP-09G) as a
major staff office.
NOTE: The Chief of
Chaplains was formerly designated as OP-01H.
An organization change in the Office of the
Chief of Naval Operations occurred in
November 1981 whereby the Office of the Chief
of Chaplains was redesignated as OP-09G.
Specific guidance concerning this reorganization
was provided in OPNAVNOTE 5430 dated
23 November 1981. The mission of the Chief of
Chaplains as outlined in OPNAVNOTE 5430 is
shown in figure 1-4.
THE CHAPLAIN CORPS
The purpose of the Navy Chaplain Corps is
to provide professional guidance to the Depart-
ment of the Navy and to promote the spiritual,
religious, moral, and personal well-being of
members of that establishment by providing the
ministries appropriate to their rights and needs.
This may involve providing ministries to
dependents and other authorized individuals.
The chaplains ministries may include conduct-
ing worship services, liturgies, and rites; pro-
education and pastoral