Updated: April 2021

What does a 5R0X1 do?

The Chaplain Assistant Career Field builds a culture of spiritual care and facilitates the free exercise of religion for Air Force members, their families and other authorized personnel. As experts in principles of religious diversity, religious accommodation, major faith group requisites, privileged communication and religious program management, Chaplain Assistants advise leaders at all levels on religious accommodation, ethical, moral and morale issues, especially for the enlisted force. As the enlisted component of Religious Support Teams (RST), Chaplain Assistants are uniquely trained in crisis intervention to include intervention counseling in moments of crisis, response to crises and suicide prevention and intervention. In addition, Chaplain Assistants are actively engaged and intentionally integrated into unit engagement plans to include unit meetings, commander calls, training with the unit and other unit activities. They also are trained in religious support to hospitals and mortuaries. Chaplain Assistants meet the diverse needs of military communities by managing religious programs, administrative, financial, and facility support. They recruit, train and organize volunteers for specific religious ministries. Chaplain Assistants conduct themselves in a manner that brings credit, pride and honorable distinction to the United States Air Force and its Chaplain Corps.

Where and How Long is the Tech School For a 5R0X1?

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What Does the 5R0X1 Duty Badge Look Like?

Chaplain's Assistant Badge

What are the Demographics for the 5R0X1 Career Field?







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What are the Requirements to Become a 5R0X1?


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General: 44


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  • Current qualification in any AFSC at the 5-skill level or higher.
  • Recommendation by the Wing Chaplain and Superintendent/NCOIC, Chapel Operations, that the individual is acceptable for entry into the career field and recommended approval by the MAJCOM Chaplain Assistant Functional Manager.
  • Possess high standards of military conduct.
  • Ability to speak distinctly.
  • No history of emotional instability, personality disorder, or other unresolved mental health problems.
  • No convictions by courts-martial or convictions by a civilian court except for minor traffic violations and similar infractions.
  • No record of disciplinary action for financial irresponsibility, domestic violence or child abuse.
  • Never convicted in civil or UCMJ proceedings (to include judicial and nonjudicial punishment) for any type of drug abuse or drug-related offense.
  • No history of disciplinary action (Article 15 or court-martial) for engaging in an unprofessional or inappropriate relationship.
  • No record of disciplinary action (Letter of Reprimand [LOR] or Article 15) for failure to exercise sound leadership with respect to morale or welfare of subordinates.

What are the Duties and Responsibilities For a 5R0X1?

Manage religious programs. Chaplain Assistants partner with chaplains to develop, manage, control and evaluate religious programs to ensure effectiveness. This capability is critical to Airmen and their dependents in contingency and steady state environments.

Resource and manage support of religious observances to include worship, liturgies, rites and other religious requirements for all faith groups.

Manage, in conjunction with Chaplain Corps personnel (e.g., Chaplains, GS [General Service] employees) manage manpower positions, personnel, lay volunteers, appropriated funds, Chapel Tithes and Offerings Funds (CTOF), nonappropriated and MWR funds, religious facilities, supplies and equipment.

Manage chapel administration to include records management, forms, publications, publicity, professional correspondence, background checks, operating instructions, suspense actions and other administrative needs of the Chaplain Corps mission.

Advise leadership at all levels on religious accommodation, ethical, moral, morale issues and needs, primarily for, and regarding, the enlisted force. Commanders, Command Chiefs, group superintendents, first sergeants and supervisors at all levels should know the issues affecting their Airmen and how to best address them. Chaplain Assistants are a trusted source for valid, real-time information. As the faces and voices of our enlisted Airmen, chaplain assistants integrate into units and appropriately advise leaders on the issues and challenges Airmen face.

Conduct crisis intervention counseling. The Chaplain Corps is the only function with 100% privileged communication (see 10 U.S.C. Chapter 47A, Military Rules of Evidence, Rule 503) and chaplain assistants are commonly the first line of care for Airmen in need. Facilitating care for Airmen early in a crisis enhances resiliency, mission readiness and capability. Crisis intervention counseling is an immediate, interventional approach to providing mental and moral support with the aim of restoring the person to the level of functioning prior to the crisis. This capability includes counseling in moments of crisis, response to crises and suicide prevention and intervention. While every NCO performs counseling (see AFPAM 36-2241, Professional Development Guide, Section 10E), chaplain assistants possess the core capability to care for Airmen at the point of crisis. They are specially trained to identify potential problems and assist individuals get the professional help they need. Through crisis intervention counseling, Chaplain Assistants mitigate crises such as suicide, grief, traumatic stress or other forms of crisis. Chaplain Assistants will not, at any time, conduct spiritual counseling and will immediately refer people in need of spiritual counseling to a Chaplain. Chaplain Assistants may make referrals to other agencies for issues not of a spiritual nature as appropriate.

Intentionally integrate, as part of the RST, into unit ministry and engagement plans as a resource for meeting the spiritual needs of Airmen. Unit Engagement is best defined when unit members embrace chaplain assistants as “one of them” through participation in unit meetings, commander calls and other unit activities. Chaplain Assistants conduct unit engagement jointly with their RST partner(s) or independently.

Manage RST functions, personnel readiness and deployment taskings. Develops, coordinates and reviews operations plans and annexes. Coordinates religious and pastoral support requirements with base supporting agencies. Manages religious support during contingencies for combat or humanitarian relief operations. Coordinates religious and pastoral support requirements with base agencies. Prepares and presents religious customs and culture briefings. Responds to aircraft crash and mass casualty sites, hostage situations, casualty collection points, evacuation and deployment processing points and work centers. Conducts spiritual triage by applying listening, observation and interviewing skills. Protects privileged communication obtained through chaplain pastoral counseling and intervention counseling. Coordinates and facilitates force protection.

What Are the Specialty Qualifications for a 5R0X1?

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of the concepts and principles of religious diversity, religious accommodation, major faith group requirements, privileged communications, conflict management, screening and interviewing techniques, crisis intervention counseling, trauma response, suicide intervention and prevention, volunteer and religious projects and programs management, resource administration and internal controls, contingency planning, deployment and mobilization procedures, personnel readiness, force protection and physical security of resources.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of courses in English composition, accounting, computer operations, world religions and human behavior is desirable.

Training. For award of AFSC 5R031, completion of the Air Force Chaplain Assistant Apprentice Course is mandatory.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

  • 5R051. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 5R031. Also, experience in religious program management, advising leadership, crisis intervention counseling and unit engagement.
  • 5R071. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 5R051. Also, experience in managing personnel and resources to advise leadership, conducting crisis intervention counseling, engaging in units and managing religious programs.
  • 5R091. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 5R071. Also, experience in leading and managing Chaplain Corps activities.

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What Are the Possible Assignments for 5R031?

  • Aviano, Italy
  • Beale, California
  • Davis-Monthan, Arizona
  • Dover, Delaware
  • Dyess, Texas
  • Eglin, Florida
  • Ellsworth, South Dakota
  • F E Warren, Wyoming
  • Fairchild, Washington
  • Goodfellow AFB, Texas
  • Holloman, New Mexico
  • Hurlburt Field, Florida
  • JB Andrews, Maryland
  • JB Elmendorf-Rich, Alaska
  • JB Langley-Eustis, Virginia
  • JBSA Lackland, Texas
  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • Kadena, Japan
  • Keesler, Mississippi
  • Lakenheath, United Kingdom
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • MacDill, Florida
  • McConnell, Kansas
  • Minot, North Dakota
  • Moody, Georgia
  • Mountain Home, Idaho
  • Nellis, Nevada
  • Offutt, Nebraska
  • Ramstein, Germany
  • Scott, Illinois
  • Seymour Johnson, North Carolina
  • Shaw, South Carolina
  • Sheppard, Texas
  • Travis, California
  • Tyndall, Florida
  • Wright Patterson, Ohio
  • Yokota, Japan

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