ATRRS Number: 5-16-C20-56A
• Enrollments are controlled by Human Resources Command (HRC)
Course length: 8 weeks (multiple phases)
Location: Chaplain School, Fort Jackson
Frequency: Approximately 3 times per year

Incoming Students: CHBOLC Students coming to Fort Jackson need to review the Welcome Guide below prior to arrival. If you are enrolled and within 15 days of the course start date and have NOT been contacted by the Course Manager, immediately contact us via email at:

CHBOLC Vision: To transform civilian religious leaders into influential, adaptive, and critically thinking military religious leaders capable of meeting the religious support needs of the Army.

CHBOLC Mission: To train students to become religious leaders who demonstrate the core competencies of nurture the living, care to the wounded, and honor the fallen while advising Commanders and providing religious support to the Army family.

Course Overview: CHBOLC is an intensive, outcomes-based, entry-level, initial military training process for newly accessioned chaplain and chaplain candidates. The training and special activities during this course provide unique opportunities for professional, physical, academic, and spiritual growth. The CHBOLC program of instruction (POI) consists of four phases:

  • Direct Commissioning Course (DCC). This is the “basic training” phase in which Army Basic Officer Leader Course common core, Army Warrior tasks, and orientation to the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps are trained.
  • Phase 1 focuses on developing the essential staff officer skills needed to function in the Army.
  • Phase 2 provides basic chaplain ministry and pastoral skills necessary to function as a chaplain at the battalion level.
  • Phase 3 training brings together leadership, professionalism, and officership in field, garrison, and social environments. The main focus of this phase is the 108 hour field training exercise (FTX).

For many students, CHBOLC is the first opportunity to work as a member of a multi-faith team providing religious support and services to a diverse community. To support student success the Chaplain School’s CHBOLC program stresses:

  • Teamwork to accomplish the religious support mission
  • Integration into the Army Community and its customs, courtesies, ethic and traditions
  • Adapting civilian education and experiences to the Army environment
  • Performing the critical staff officers skills to work in collaboration with other Battalion staff officers and NCOs
  • Advising leaders on the impact of religion on the military community and operations

Students can expect:

  • A vigorous Army physical education program and adherence to Army standards for physical fitness
  • Working in multi-faith teams to solve religious support problems and implement effective solutions
  • An interactive and challenging academic program requiring critical thinking and decisive action
  • Faculty who have successfully done what they are teaching, are committed to the Chaplaincy’s mission, and are trained to teach, coach, and mentor students
  • Immersion in the digital tools used by the Army
  • Digital systems used to simulate operational religious support scenarios
  • Time in the field experiencing Army life in a military operation


Note: All course enrollments should be processed through unit training personnel via the Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS). Questions and inquiries can be directed to the US Army Institute for Religious Leadership Registrar at