Posted on Jun 23, 2016
2LT Chaplain Candidate
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I have read the regs (165-17), but can not seem to find anything specifically dealing with Chaplain Candidates. My unit is saying I need to finish CHBOLC, but there are 1lts in my class. Any advice or guidance would apricated.
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To anyone in the same boat, the reserves, and the national guard have Chaplain Candidates AD does not. Long story short, if you are a Chaplain Candidate you must complete CHBOLC BEFORE YOU CAN PROMOTE, if you are AD then this does not apply.
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LT Command Chaplain
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2LT Parker, I was a 2LT 56X (or at the time 00A56) for 4 years - 2.5years after I finished CH-BOLC. Sometimes the Guard just takes its time.
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LT, are the 1LTs in your class NG or USAR? I'm an MP, so it's a basic branch and not specialty, but in my MP BOLC class I had a 1LT who was USAR and a NG 2LT (with enough TIS/TIG for 1LT) who HAD to complete BOLC before he could be promoted to 1LT, per his unit's guidance from the State TAG. So maybe it has something to do with your State? Again, I'm not sure if anything is different due to the Chaplain Corps/Chaplain Candidates Corp being a specialty branch. Just thought I'd add my (very) limited experience.
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2LT Chaplain Candidate
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Huh I will try and dig into that and see if that's where the hang up is! Thanks
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CDR Terry Boles
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I must admit, I am not familiar with Army regs much less NG. However, from my experience as a junior officer promotions for AD Air Force it was based on time in service and time in profession. Should an officer candidate have many years of experience in their career field they could be brought into the Air Force at a higher rank and given so many years and months of promotion experience that is credited towards the next higher rank (TIG). For example, a new physical therapy grad student would come in today as a 0-3, with no time in grade for 0-4. Different example, should a physical therapist with 3-years for experience come into the Air Force they would come in as a 0-3 with 18-months of time in grade for 0-4.

Again, not familiar with Army promotions but I would suspect besides any leadership school one must complete and other hoops to jump through, that time in grade (from civilian work experience) plays a big part as well, and for a new officer it drives future promotions.

Welcome aboard!
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2LT Chaplain Candidate
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Thank you sir! I am 12 years enlisted, which is what makes this frustrating. I am ok with finding regs, but the 56x chaplain candidate is a specialty branch and seems to play by their own crazy rules lol.
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CDR Terry Boles
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Hopefully more guidance will be forthcoming and all that is hazy will become crystal.
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