Mission Chaplain/Chaplain Support Specialist


Commandant: Colonel Rickey Oeth

Course Coordinator: Lt Colonel (Chaplain) Marcus L. Taylor

Session One: 14 - 19 Jul 2019

Session Two: 21 - 26 Jul 2019


Student Prerequisites for Chaplain Support Specialist:

Student Prerequisites for Mission Chaplain:


The Chaplain Emergency Services School at NESA (ChESS) is for all Chaplain Corps personnel (Chaplains/CDI’s) who desire to make the commitment to be specially trained to respond to and support the missions in which CAP will be engaged. This course involves extensive classroom curriculum, hands-on exercises, interactive tabletop scenarios, and field training.

There will be two one-week courses offered at the ChESS, this year, both for the CAP Mission Chaplain (MC)/Chaplain Support Specialist (CSS) CAP Support (CS) Rating (MC/CSS – CS). (The training for the Disaster Support (DS) Rating for Chaplains and CDIs will commence later this year. Announcements will be forthcoming.)

The courses for the MC/CSS – CS Rating include:

Introduction to the Chaplain Support Team (CST) Concept
Duties of the Mission Chaplain (MC)
Duties of the Chaplain Support Specialist (CSS)
Mission Preparedness
Mission Reporting
Spiritual Resiliency
Suicide Prevention and Intervention
Deployment Procedures for the Chaplain Support Team
CAP Tabletop Exercise (TTX)
FEMA Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX)
Field Training Exercise


Travel: Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements. Transportation will be arranged for those flying into Indianapolis International Airport. We must know travel arrangements in advance to make arrangements.