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In the Navy, you can still serve God and country without being an ordained clergyman. Religious Program Specialists provide support and protection to Navy Chaplains, and make a world of difference to Chaplains and servicemembers alike.
Preparing devotional materials. Organizing faith-based events. Maintaining religious records. Serving as a source of personal security for Navy Chaplains. Religious Program Specialists (RPs) do all of this and more as they serve God and country.
As a Religious Program Specialist in the Navy, your responsibilities could include any or all of the following:
Serving part-time as a Reservist, 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 Reservists.
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 met.
For current or former military Enlisted servicemembers: 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 for seven to nine weeks in Great Lakes, Ill. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.
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 opportunities like the following:
A high school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the religion field 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.