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  • Chaplain's Basic Officer Leadership Course

    The chaplain officer basic training is thirteen weeks at the glorious post of Fort Jackson. There are four different phases of the training. CMIT is where you learn your basic soldiers skills such as map reading, land navigation and how to march. Then the other three phases focus on chaplain duties. You do some really cool stuff in CHBOLC, but then there are also a lot of power point presentations as well. Some of the things we do are.....

    Military funerals and honors-
    Ramp ceremonies-
    Basic staff work-
    Field services and religious work-
    *They may even take you to see the dead*
    etc. etc. etc.
    Last edited by Chaplain4me; September 22nd, 2012, 08:07 PM.

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    Sounds awesome! I am pumped! How about physical training? And, do they yell at you in CHOBLC?

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    • #3
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      No. It's nothing like Basic Training. Physical training twice a day if you can't pass the APFT. You'll have a lot of fun. Your class should be pretty small, mine was the largest ever.

      Yeah, it's pretty awesome. You'll love it. The new physical fitness has all this yoga and crap, but it's good for you. Don't run into the the tree on the track.

      They only yell at you on occasion when it merits it. Usually it's the SGTs that are yelling. You'll do so much cool stuff, but then there are the hours of power point. ZZZZzzzzzz.

      You a Chaplain or Candidate?
      Last edited by Chaplain4me; November 9th, 2012, 10:37 AM.

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      • #4
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        I was told that there were no slots available in my state. HOWEVER, they are creating one for me. I was told to expect a phone interview with a Colonel soon.

        I am not a chaplain candidate...too old for that I am forty two, will be forty three when I go in...any advice given my age? And, BE HONEST, do you think I am too old to go in at that age with no prior service?

        Thanks for your quick reply to my earlier question.

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        • #5
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          Nah there are a lot of guys that age. We had people in their 50's at the school house. You'll do great.

          You'll probably (maybe not) be double slotted which means you will not be promoted or attend any schools unless they shift you to the primary position, don't worry people are all the time moving, leaving, retiring, and so on.

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          • #6
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            Sorry...I am still learning...when you say, "double slotted" does that mean that my MOS could be chaplain in addition to being someone in medical for example? In other words, I would have two MOS...one being primary and another secondary...Is that correct?

            One more thing...knowing that I am going in after I finish school next Summer, what things should I be doing before that time in order to prepare?
            Last edited by scopedropper; November 11th, 2012, 02:35 PM.

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            • #7
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              No there will be two chaplains in one position.

              You will drill until then, usually at the JFHQ unit with the fulltime chaplain.

              You need to purchase the "Army Officers Guide," and read the mess out of it.

              You need to purchase a silver dollar for the first person to salute you.

              You need to have a good understanding of military customs and courtesy.

              You need to be quiet and listen more than you talk.

              You need to be able to pass the APFT.

              You need to buy yourself some uniforms, ACU's. Including ordering name tags.

              You need to understand how to wear the uniform.

              You need to go get your military ID made once you commission.

              You need to get a couple sets of ID tags made.

              You need to be in the right uniform at the right times with the right attitude.

              You need to keep your own spiritual fitness readiness.
              Last edited by Chaplain4me; November 11th, 2012, 07:01 PM.

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                They will give you a packing list for CH-BOLC and you will have to purchase everything on it....items such as a camel pack. It adds up to about $1000. Unless you purchase used uniforms. They will issue you a ACH and such at the school house. The do give you a $600 stipend to help cover the cost at the school house.

                You can never have too many name tapes. You need to get your rank sown on your cap (in your case probably a cross), no pins those jab your forehead and make you bleed.

                You can buy the tennis shoe boots, but they may make you wear the standard issue during the first part of CH-BOLC. Buy the standard issue A bag.

                Before you go you can get a Government Travel Credit Card, but it's a long process, I just floated it until I was reimbursed.

                When you buy all your stuff you can get a Military Star Card and on the first day you get it you get a nice 10 or 15% off, so you can buy your stuff using that and just pay it off.
                Last edited by Chaplain4me; November 11th, 2012, 10:41 PM.

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                  No as a Chaplain you will never have two mos's. You can get MOS identifiers through special training.

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                  • #10
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                    When you get to the school house, go to clothing and sales immediately and begin the process of purchasing your ASUs because the longer you wait your comrades will all go at the same time and it will be a train wreck.

                    Unless you have the $$$$$ to purchase them now, they're like $500 Dollar Dollar bills!!!

                    It's hot down there in the summer. Seeing all the Chaplains become heat casualties was interesting, chaplains dropping like flies.

                    Buy a cleaning kit that keeps your camel pack sanitary, less you get the poo poo shoo shoos. They make tablets that can give your camel pack flavor too.

                    What fun.....
                    Last edited by Chaplain4me; November 11th, 2012, 07:06 PM.

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                    • #11
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                      I very much appreciate all of the information you provided. Thank you very much!

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                      • #12
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                        You should have some nice housing down there. I was in the place they closed down because it was so old. Take a POV, life becomes more complicated if you have to depend on others.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Chaplain's Basic Officer Leadership Course

                          My wife is currently a Chaplain Candidate since July 2012. Some basics on her: 2.5 years as a 42A, National Guard, into ARMY with 3 years as 42A, rejoined NG after 2 year break, another 6 years in the MOS of 42A and getting to the grade of E-6. she has completed WLC and SHARP training as well as many other courses and has extensive military experience.

                          Can you tell me if she can just attend phase 1-3 of CHBOLC? Please tell me that the branch and our state has the intelligence to not have experienced soldiers go through CMIT as a waste of funds and time.

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                          • #14
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                            They make special forces soldiers attend CIMT. No, I would think that she will have to attend the entire course. That's just how it is. I thought CIMT was a lot of fun.
                            Last edited by Chaplain4me; November 14th, 2012, 04:04 PM.

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