Navy chaplain training to relocate to Naval Station Newport
By THE MERIDIAN STAR, MISS. Published: August 22, 2018
MERIDIAN, Miss. (Tribune News Service) — The Naval Chaplaincy School and Center headquarters will move from Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina, to Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, beginning in October, with an expected completion by March 2019.
The center is one of 12 under Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) and develops and delivers religious ministry training for the fleet. Instruction takes place both in traditional classrooms and at 13 locations through mobile training teams, including initial and more advanced courses for the U.S. Navy’s chaplains and enlisted religious program specialists.
RP “A” School, or initial skills training following boot camp, will move from Fort Jackson to a site at Naval Air Station Meridian, with the first class there convening in February 2019.
Resident officer training under NCSC’s Naval Chaplains School, which was located in Newport until moving to Fort Jackson in 2009, will return to its former home at NS Newport’s Brett Hall in March 2019.
The relocations allow new officer and enlisted personnel the opportunity to develop as leaders and Sailors alongside their Navy counterparts attending other training in Meridian and Newport, according to a press release.
Of NCSC’s staff, 14 military staff and seven civilian positions will move to Newport, and five military positions will move to Meridian.
Almost 200 chaplains and 200 RPs graduate from NCSC residence courses each year to prepare them to deliver professional religious ministry to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Merchant Marine. Another 600 chaplains and 300 RPs receive professional development training annually through mobile training teams.
Chaplains and RPs play a critical role in helping the Department of the Navy achieve and maintain a ready force, according to a press release. Chaplains and RPs are embedded within commands operating at sea and ashore to ensure 24/7 availability for service members and their families.
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