The world of emergency management has grown and expanded in recent years. As we strive to follow the best practices of the military and top emergency response organizations it has become clear that the team concept is the most effective way to respond to emergencies and disasters. Our new Mission Chaplain (MC) and Chaplain Support Specialist (CSS) programs help position us for relevance and impact in 21st century emergency response.

Here are latest changes in the Mission Chaplain (MC) and new Chaplain Support Specialist (CSS) training programs. For mission support, we now will endeavor to send in a team, the Chaplain Support Team (CST), consisting of MCs and CSSs.

For all currently qualified Mission Chaplains (under the old program), you are still qualified for CAP missions until your expiration date. After that time, you will need to re-qualify into the new program, as only the new SQTRs are now in eServices.

Goals of the Program

The initial training level is the Cap Mission Chaplain (MC) and Chaplain Support Specialist (CSS) Emergency Services Training and Ratings Program. This will be the new CAP Chaplain Corps training program for all CAP Chaplain Corps personnel (Chaplains/CDIs) and will be a no-expire rating. The goal is to produce a specially trained cadre of individuals to better serve and respond to the regular training, duty, and mission needs of CAP. 

The second level is the Disaster Support Rating. This will provide a cadre of Emergency Services (ES) trained individuals who are able to give full chaplaincy support to advanced level Disaster Response (DR), Search and Rescue (SAR), Natural Disaster and Mass Casualty situations, whether they are training scenarios or “real-world” DR/SAR/Natural Disaster/Mass Casualty Missions CAP is called upon to support. The Disaster Support Rating will have a three-year expiration requiring recurrent training.

These trained Chaplain Corps personnel will work together to form the Chaplain Support Team (CST). The CST will be comprised of one (1) MC and (1) CSS at the CAP Support level, and two (2) MCs and one (1) CSS at the Disaster Support level. 

The third training level will focus on training and preparing a special cadre of CAP Chaplains able to give direct support to the United States military for Air Force Assigned Mission (AFAM) Support requests.  

Prerequisites

The prerequisites for both Chaplain and CDI candidates for this program are as follows: 

1. Establish CAP Senior Membership 

2. Successful completion of CAP Professional Development Level I 

3. Successful appointment as a CAP Chaplain or CDI 

4. Completion of at least one (1) full year as a Chaplain or CDI at the Squadron level. 

5. Completion of CAPP 221-A (for all Chaplain appointed personnel) and Technician Rating in the CAPP 225 Specialty Track (for all CDI appointed personnel). 

6. Pass the General Emergency Services (GES) course 116 

7. Pass the CAPT 117 – Parts 1,2,3 

Training Locations

All training for the MC-DS and CSS-DS ratings is available at the National Emergency Services Academy (NESA) each July. Training may also be available at other locations around the country. An online option for the classroom portion of the CAP Support rating is currently in development and should be available in 2019.

A Deeper Look at the Program for Chaplains

Here’s a more detailed look at the three Mission Chaplain ratings: 

Mission Chaplain–CAP Support Rating (MC-CS): This will be the primary MC designation (NO EXPIRE) for ALL Chaplain appointed personnel who meet the prerequisites listed above to qualify to begin ES training. This rating prepares the individual to support all CAP duty, training, and mission activity as a part of a Chaplain Support Team. This rating will also serve as the basic prerequisite for the Advanced Level ES Ratings listed below. 

Mission Chaplain–Disaster Support Rating (MC-DS): This is the advanced rating for individuals who desire to do more advanced ES training that will prepare them to support all “real world” DR/SAR/Natural Disaster/Mass Casualty Missions CAP could be called to respond to. Chaplains with the DS rating will respond as part of a Chaplain Support Team. This rating will have a three-year expiration requiring recurrent training.

Mission Chaplain–Air Force Support Rating (MC-AF): This rating will be an additional, optional designation for individuals who are able to meet special requirements, as defined by the USAF, and acquire training that will prepare them to respond to and support USAF specific support missions and activities. This rating will also be a NO EXPIRE rating. Chaplain Corps personnel who are former Military Chaplains, and/or those who have documented proof of having performed these functions as a part of former MOUs CAP held with the USAF and other military units will be “grandfathered” into this rating. Any training courses listed in the curriculum for this rating that have not been taken by these individuals will still be required.

The MC—Air Force Support Rating will be further divided into the following two sub-categories: 

1) MC-AFN (non-waivered): Non-waivered CAP Chaplains may be assigned to USAF “Billeted” assignments and may perform all duties as requested. 

2) MC-AFW (Waivered): CAP Chaplains whose appointment has them designated as “waivered” chaplains will NOT be able to be assigned a USAF “Billeted” assignment. They will be able to perform the following functions: 

a. Military Funerals 

b. Chapel Worship Services 

A Deeper Look at the Program for CDIs

The Chaplain Support Specialist designation for CDI appointed personnel will be reflected in two ratings for the Chaplain Support Specialist trainees: 

Chaplain Support Specialist-CS – CAP Support Rating: This will be the primary CSS designation (NO EXPIRE) for ALL CDI appointed personnel who meet the prerequisites listed above to qualify to begin ES training, and prepares the individual to support all CAP duty, training, and mission activity as a part of a Chaplain Support Team. This rating will also serve as the basic prerequisite for the Disaster Support Rating. 

Chaplain Support Specialist-DS – Disaster Support Rating: This will be the advanced designation for those individuals who desire to go on to do more advanced ES training that will prepare them to support all “real world” DR/SAR/Natural Disaster/Mass Casualty Missions that CAP could be called on to respond to and support as a part of the Chaplain Support Team. 

Curriculum for the CAP Support Rating

1. Prerequisites

– Complete Level 1 Training 

– Complete CAP Basic Officers Course

– Serve as a Chaplain/CDI at the Unit/Squadron level for one (1) year 

– Pass GES – General Emergency Services training 

– Completion of the CAP Specialty Track 221-A (Chaplains)

– Technician Rating in the CAP Specialty Track 225 (CDIs)

2. Familiarization and Preparatory Training

 – IS100 – Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS) 

  IS200 – ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents 

  IS700 – Introduction to National Incident Management System (NIMS) 

3. Advanced Training 

– ICUT – Introductory Communications User Training  

– Mission Preparedness  

– Mission Reporting 

– Suicide Prevention and Intervention  

– Duties of the Mission Chaplain  

– Duties of the Chaplain Support Specialist  

– Chaplain Corps Universal Alert Procedure (CCUAP) 

 – Spiritual Resiliency 

4. Continuing Education Examination 

– CAPT 117 ES Continuing Education Exam – Part 3 

5. Exercise Participation 

– Participate in 2 SAREX/DREX/TTX/VTTX training activities as a MC Trainee at the Squadron or Wing Level 

6. Monitor/Evaluation/Re-qualification 

– This rating will have a “NO EXPIRE” designation. 

Curriculum for the Disaster Support Rated MC/CSS

1. Prerequisites

– Mission Chaplain – CS Rating 

2. Familiarization and Preparatory Training

– IS-00248 Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) for the American Public

– IS 405 – Overview to Mass Care and Emergency Assistance

vIS-505 Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster

3. Advanced Training 

– Overview of the ICS and NIMS Systems 

– Chaplain Corps Mission Support Operational Procedures (CCMSOP) –

– Pastoral Care in Mass Casualty Situations 

– The Goal Of Pastoral Care In Crisis Intervention 

– Psychological First Aid

– Traumatic Events Management (Chaplains)

– Overview of JG 1-05 Religious Affairs in Joint Operations (Selected Sections) 

4. Continuing Education 

– These requirements will be added or updated as needed as the scenarios and situations occurring in the real world require a change or update in the knowledgebase, training needs and response requirements that change in the ES community. 

5. Exercise/Mission Participation 

– Participate in 2 Disaster/Mass Casualty training exercises (SAREX/DREX/TTX/VTTX) at the Squadron/Wing /Region Level or actual Disaster/Mass Casualty missions as a Mission Chaplain Disaster support trainee

6. Monitor/Evaluation/Re-qualification

– These requirements will be monitored, evaluated and renewed on a Tri-annual basis by MC-SET qualified personnel listed in eServices. 

Training for the USAF Support Rating (Chaplains ONLY)

1. Prerequisites 

– Mission Chaplain – CS Rating

– Meet CAP weight and grooming standards for wearing the AF style uniforms. 

– CAP-USAF Memorandum of Agreement 

– These requirements will be evaluated on an annual basis by the Wing/HC and Region/HC. 

2. Familiarization and Preparatory Training – IS 20.18 – Diversity Awareness  

– IS 106.14 – Workplace Violence Awareness

– IS 906 – Workplace Security Awareness 

– IS 907 – Active Shooter: What You Can Do 

3. Advanced Training

– Advanced Officers Development Course (AODC) 

– AF Chapel policies, procedures, programs 

– Military Funeral Honors Training 

– Religious Accommodation Training 

– Sexual Assault Prevention 

– Review of AFI 52-101 – USAF Chaplain Corps Planning and Organization 

4. Continuing Education 

– These requirements will be added or updated as needed and directed by the AF.

5. Air Force Assignment 

– Completion of Familiarization, Preparatory and Advanced Training 

– AF request for support -Assemble application package -AFAM assigned 

6. Monitor/Evaluation/Re-qualification

– These items will be updated by classroom training, online training and testing, and evaluated by the Wing/HC. 

In Closing

Our goal is to have specially trained CST’s to offer “ministry of presence”, quality spiritual care, and a “representation of the holy” in all of CAP’s activities and missions, as well as to be available to extend help and chaplain support to our communities and nation in times of national emergency and crisis, disaster and mass casualty events, and acts of terrorism. The motto for ChESS is: “RELEVANT TRAINING FOR READY SERVICE!” This new training and ratings program, and our new ChESS training venue insures that – WE WILL BE PRESENT AND PREPARED! 

If you need direct help or guidance in any way as you transition into these new programs, feel free to contact the ChESS Senior: 

Chaplain, Lt Col Marcus L Taylor, CAP Chaplain Corps Emergency Services School (ChESS) Director/Instructor Email: mtaylor@hc.cap.gov Phone: (407) 536-7337 

Chaplain, Lt Col Linda J Pugsley, CAP Chaplain Corps Emergency Services School (ChESS) Asst. Director/Instructor Email: lpugsley@hc.cap.gov Phone: (813) 494-6885

Chaplain, Lt Col Van Don Williams, CAP Chaplain Corps Emergency Services School (ChESS) Registrar/Instructor Email: vwilliams@hc.cap.gov Phone: (347) 528-0060