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Administrative Religious Support Plan SOP 1 Religious Support Matrix SOP 2 Catholic Representatives SOP 3 Conscientious Objection SOP 4 Privileged Communications SOP 5 Religious Accommodation SOP 6 Chaplain Assistant Duties SOP 7 Chaplain Assistant Reports SOP 8 Tactical

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3 157 th fa umt battle drills

Religious Support Plan SOP 1

Religious Support Matrix SOP 2

Catholic Representatives SOP 3

Conscientious Objection SOP 4

Privileged Communications SOP 5

Religious Accommodation SOP 6

Chaplain Assistant Duties SOP 7

Chaplain Assistant Reports SOP 8


UMT Battle Rhythm SOP 9

Orders Process SOP 10

Battle Tracking SOP 11

Tactical Movement SOP 12

Trip Ticket SOP 13

React to Contact SOP 14

Risk Assessment SOP 15



Red Cross messages SOP 17

Chaplain Notification Criteria SOP 18


Defusing SOP 20

One on One (SAFER) SOP 21

Traumatic Event Debriefing SOP 22

BattleMind Psychological Briefing SOP 23

Group Grief Intervention SOP 24

Ministry to Attempted Suicide SOP 25

Base Attacked or Incoming Wounded SOP 26

Battle AID Station Operations SOP 27

UMT Casualty Care SOP 28

Ministry to Wounded Soldiers SOP 29

Ministry to Dying Soldiers SOP 30

Death of a Soldier or DoD Civilian SOP 31

Field Memorial Ceremony SOP 32

Troop to Task SOP 33

UMT Role SOP 34

Program SOP 35

Speeches SOP 36

Arrangement of stage SOP 37

Helmet & Rifle display SOP 38

Memorial Services SOP 39

Sample Memorial Service SOP 40

Pastoral Counseling & Behavioral Health SOP 41

3-157th FA UMT Battle Drills

On each page, a blue box gives additional information. A yellow box, when clicked, will take you to a card that gives more information.

religious support plan
Religious Support Plan

Conduct Mission Analysis

Generate Religious Support Staff Estimate

Plan Elements (by operation, phase)

Scheduled Services


Pastoral Care

Moral Leadership Training

UMT Training



TEM Debriefings

Suicide Training

BattleMind Training

Pastoral Counseling

Memorial Ceremonies

Religious Leader Liaison

Generate Commander’s Religious Support Plan (RSP)

By Operation

By Phase


Generate Religious Support

Annexes/Matrices for OpOrds

Generate Religious Support


Publish RSP to effected units


REF: AR 165-1, JP 1-05, FM 1-05, RB 16-100





3-157th FA BN


1a. ENEMY SITUATION: Annex B (Intelligence)


2. MISSION: 3-157th FA BN UMT will provide comprehensive Religious Support (RS) during all phases of Operation XXXXXXXX

3. EXECUTION: (intent)

3a. Concept of Operations

Phase I

Title of Phase

Phase II

Title of Phase

Phase III

Title of Phases

Phase IV

Title of Phase


Patrol Base XXXXX


3-157th FA

3-157th FA

3-157th FA

3-157th FA

Time Frame

Day 1 Movement to base

Day 2 Combat Ops

  • Care for wounded/dying
  • Pastoral care
  • Worship services
  • Counseling to soldiers
  • Morale visits with soldiers
  • Moral Leadership Training
  • Critical Event Stress Management
  • Support of med personnel


Priority of Effort

Priority of Support


  • Expectant
  • Immediate
  • Delayed
  • Minimal
  • Civilians
    • U.S
    • Local Nationals


  • Expectant
  • Immediate
  • Delayed
  • Minimal



(1 ) BN UMT will provide comprehensive support to all assigned/attached units

(2) BN UMT will provide a SITREP to BDE UMT after any SIGACT involving personnel

(3) BN UMT will move to BN Aid Station during casualty evacuations to patrol base/FLAT

(4) BN UMT will move to MASCAL site in transportation provided by XXXXXXX

(5) All transportation of the BN UMT in unsecured areas will be provided by XXXXXX

(6) ASAP after return from mission, BN UMT will coordinate critical event debriefings as needed

(7) BN UMT will offer critical event defusings and grief counseling at the base as needed


(1) UMT will locate XXXXX

(2) UMT will submit reports to BDE UMT according to BDE TACSOP

(3) UMT will keep TOC informed of its location


(1) Primary communication will be by XXXXXXX

(2) Messages may be left with S1 shop

(3) Local contact of BN UMT on Motorola freq XXXXX

Chaplain Ferris: “XXXXXXX”



(1) Report BN UMT Casualties through S1 and BDE Unit Ministry Team

(2) Logistical support will be through normal unit channels

(3) When outside the base, XXXXX will supply the BN UMT 2 pax for additional security of the chaplain.


BN UMT will perform Risk Assessment at least daily and before leaving the base



OFFICIAL: Ferris, BN Chaplain


catholic representatives
Catholic Representatives

Senior priest in region trains CRs

Unit is responsible for providing supplies

Depending on METT-T, region priest designates when a CR may conduct Mass

Battalion chaplain coordinates with Catholic chaplain for time and location of Mass

conscientious objection
Conscientious Objection

Soldier and commander fill out DA Form 4187

Advised by commander Of Privacy Act, Section 3103, Title 38

Soldier assigned to company duties the cause minimal impact on beliefs

Chaplain conducts interview with Soldier

Chaplain prepares memorandum describing genuineness of belief

Mental evaluation by psychiatrist or medical doctor

Have soldier fill out DA Form 3881, “Rights Warning Procedure,”

Case to Court-Martial Convening Authority

Court-Martial Convening Authority appoints investigation officer

Soldier prepares Statement of Understanding

SJA reviews packet

JAG interviews soldier

privileged communications

Privileged communications (such as confessions) are protected from disclosure and shall not be disclosed without the permission (in writing preferred) of the soldier or unless a judge determines no privilege exists

Sensitive communications (those not appropriate for general dissemination) are not protected from disclosure but should not be disclosed without the permission (in writing preferred) of the soldier

Privileged Communications

Soldier wants to discuss personal matters with a UMT member as part of a private meeting

Read DA Form 3881, “Rights Warning Procedure,” if interview is part of an investigation (e.g. soldier filed for “Conscientious Objector” status)

UMT membernotifies soldier of confidentiality restraints and limits


AR 165-1

AR 608-18

Military Rules of Evidence 503

UMT memberdetermines if statement is “Privileged” or “Sensitive”

Refusal to disclose where a legal obligation exists to do so may result in punitive action against the UMT member

religious accommodation
Religious Accommodation

Request for accommodation written, submitted to commander

Commander must respond in writing within 10 days

Chaplain interview & advice to Command

Other resource:


Of Certain Selected Groups



2002 Edition


Claims examined according to regulations: Medical, Dietary: AR 600-20; Appearance: AR 670-1; Worship: AR 165-1

Approval, in writing

Disapproval, in writing

Commander must begin implementation of accommodation or change in duty status

Appeal through chain of command, to include MACOM, Deputy Chief of Staff (Washington), reconsideration by commander

Request Reassignment, Reclassification, Separation

Chaplain interview (basis and sincerity of claim)

Approval, in writing

Legal Review

Disapproval, in writing

Soldier may seek redress under Article 138, UCMJ, or petition the ABCMR for correction of appropriate records

chaplain assistant duties
Force protection

Provide security for chaplain and chapel events

Battle track

Maintain proficiency with weapons

Coordinate tactical movement

Staff duties

Administer chaplain’s daily schedule

Police office work area

Record keeping and reporting

Maintain office and ecclesiastical supplies

Represent the chaplain at meetings


BUBs or staff Syncs as necessary

PMCS vehicle and equipment (5988E, car wash and “detail” weekly or as needed)

Conduct PCC/PCI before each mission

Advise chaplain on uniform, military customs and military courtesies

Arrange rides (in patrols or convoys or by helicopter) for UMT to ministry locations outside the FOB

Chapel duties

Set up, take down for classes, services, ceremonies, special events

Prepare for services (location, advertising, bulletins, etc.)

Man chapel on staff duty day

Policing chapel on staff duty day

Soldier care

Morale visits

Stress evaluation

Suicide prevention

Religious material distribution

Counseling screening

Referrals to chaplain

Maintain Combat Life Saver skills

Assist in preparing the Commander’s Master Religious Support Plan (gathering information)

Chaplain Assistant Duties
chaplain assistant reports records

DA 1594 “Daily Staff Journal”

Sensitive items list

UMT inventory

Chaplain Assistant ministry log

PCC/PCI check lists

Standard mission

Specific missions (services, visitations, etc)

Vehicle load plans

Unit Religious Profiles


Unit Ministry Team action reports

Chaplain, weekly statistical summary of assistant’s activity

Chapel, Daily Status

Brigade Red 6, weekly

Division, xxx and xxx

DA 5988-E PMCS

DA 2404 on equipment

Risk assessment



Chaplain Assistant Reports & Records

See “Risk Assessment”

umt battle rhythm sample

GreenPhone the TOC(ask for chaplain, leave message, ask for runner to go to my room)

YellowTry to call chaplain byradio

RedUnavailable, out of communication

UMT Battle RhythmSample

BN TOC 833-1432

Chaplain 445-2006

Chapel 833-1154

To contact Chaplain Severson try these steps

1. Go to office. Leave note on door if he is not in

2. Send runner to his room (xxxxxxxxxxx)

3.. Call TOC and have runner go to office, or hunt for chaplain in his room

4. Call the chapel xxxxxxx

Chaplain (1LT) Bill Ferris Work schedule

orders process







Orders Process

UMT, as subject expert, determines tasks, limits, and requirements for religious support

How religion can support or hinder the mission

Test and task COAs







& approval



(war game)






Intent, CCIR








Staff section’s specialized input to the over-all plan



Stated/implied tasks






Generate “Religious Support Annex”

Doctrine (FMs, Regs)

battle tracking


Tracking the Battle

Rate and order of march




Pattern Analysis

Monitor TOC Situation Map


What enemy has done

What we have done



Monitor Radio (A&L Net)

Update UMT’s Tactical Map

What enemy is doing

What we will do

What enemy will do

Battle Tracking

(More for High Intensity Conflict)

(Important for SOSO)

Read TOC Status Boards


Situational Awareness

What we are doing



tactical movement
Tactical Movement

Make reservation with Battle Captain for seat(s) on a patrol the day of movement

There may be two patrols involved, one that drops the UMT off, and one that picks it up

Confirm at least the day before

Inform BDE Chaplain of plans

Info includes battle roster number, serial numbers of sensitive items taken on the trip (weapon, night vision goggles). Often, you only have to do this once. The patrol leader should keep it in his book.

Give patrol leader trip ticket info

Make sure to bring “Battle Rattle” and pack containing ministry items and food

Report at least forty minutes before SP

Keep a written log of what is happening

Rehearse reaction to contact with the crew

Remind the crew in the truck how you will react to contact

React to contact

Watch for IEDs, snipers, wires on the road

Report safe arrival back to FOB

trip ticket
Trip Ticket

Make a sensitive items list for all people going

Obtain Trip Ticket from S-3 or battle captain

Obtain “Blue 13” UXO Report from S-3 or battle captain




Class I, food, water

Class III, POL

Class V, ammo


Mission Brief

Risk Assessment


Vehicle bumper numbers

Total number of vehicles

Number of Pax in each vehicle


Planned Routes

Estimate Time of Return

Sensitive items list

Do initial checks

Fill out trip ticket

Take ticket to battle captain

Get current ops update from battle captain

Check route conditions with battle captain

Get threat brief from S-2

Return form to battle captain before leaving

Upon return, report to battle captain and debrief

Return UXO report

react to contact while in convoy



React to Contact While in Convoy

Small Arms




UMT stays in the truck unless the injury is life threatening or serious enough to require evacuation. Chaplain should ask for cover so he can minister to the wounded at the casualty collection point at the scene



Stay in truck

Do ministry based on severity. Assistant stands guard

Do not dismount unless the vehicle is disabled, or on fire

Log the incident to the best of your remembrance

risk assessment

I Death, total disability or loss

II Permanent partial disability, major damage

III Minor injury, loss or damage

IV Negligible


A Experience continuously

B Experienced often

C Experienced occasionally

D Experienced once in a while

E Unlikely to happen

Risk Assessment



LINE 1: Location (6 Digit Grid) of Pick Up

LINE 2: Your Radio Frequency, Call Sign, and Suffix

LINE 3: Number of Patients by Precedence

1-Urgent 2-Priority 3-Routine

LINE 4: Special Equipment Required (i.e. Jungle Penetrater, Hoist)

LINE 5: Number of Patients by type (Litter / Ambulatory)

LINE 6: Number and type of wounded, injury, or illness

LINE 7: Method of Marking Pick UP Site (Red Smoke, VS – 17 Panel)

LINE 8: Patient’s Nationality and Status: (Military / Civilian)

LINE 9: Terrain Description

When Air to Ground Communications are established, the pilot will require additional information from the unit calling for the MEDEVAC:

  • Size of LZ
  • Obstacles Present (Natural and Man Made)
  • Wind Direction and Approximate Velocity
  • Slope of Terrain


red cross messages
Red Cross Messages


NOTE: If unit is at MOB Sta. and a Red Cross message comes in, it should be communicated to MOB sta. BGE. first then MOB sta. will notify soldiers unit.

BN S1 or Staff Duty UMT notifies the Chaplain of a Red Cross message.

If the soldier has not received the message, the Chaplain will not deliver it. The Chaplain will be there to support the soldier, but the commander or the first sergeant will deliver the message.

The Chaplain will assist the Battalion or Unit Commander (or First Sergeant) with the notification process.

The Chaplain or Chaplain Assistant will follow up on the soldier as needed

chaplain notification criteria
Chaplain Notification Criteria

General Principles

  • If something bad happensto a soldier and you need to
    • inform the Commander, then also
    • inform the Chaplain, at the same time, or ASAP
  • If a soldier gets a Red Crossmessage, then also
    • inform the Chaplain ASAP
    • If you are going to wake up the soldier to give him the message, wake up the Chaplain also
  • If you are going to the CSH to visit a soldier, please invite the Chaplain to go along.

Chaplain Ferris: Room ?????

Chapel: ??????


Traumatic Event Management involves various kinds of interventions after a “potentially traumatizing event.”

UMT receives notification of stressful event

UMT offers one-on-one (SAFERR) intervention to personnel involved

UMT offers Defusing within 8 hours to personnel involved

UMT offers Traumatic Event Debriefing within 24-48 hours to personnel involved

UMT and/or COSC offers BattleMind Psychological Briefings to units affected

UMT offers Group Grief Intervention

traumatic event management defusing
Traumatic Event Management: Defusing
  • Defusings are for small groups (6 – 20 people) who are homogenous. A defusing should be done within 1 – 2 hours, no later than 8 hours.
  • Team introduces selves
  • Lays down rules
  • Describes end state

Intro Phase

  • Who are you?
  • What happened?
  • Where were you?
  • When did this happened?
  • How has this affected you?
  • (This phase is voluntary, not structured)

Exploration Phase

  • Offer Acceptance
  • Normalize (describe normal effects, symptoms)
  • Educate (Teach proper coping skills, such as proper food, drink, rest, exercise, breathing; warn against poor coping techniques, such as drinking alcohol, caffeine, laying around)

Information Phase


traumatic event management one on one
Traumatic Event Management: One on One

The “SAFERR” method of crisis intervention


Get facts

Get reactions

Acknowledge event

  • Teach proper coping skills, such as proper food, drink, rest, exercise, breathing
  • warn against poor coping techniques, such as drinking alcohol, caffeine, laying around

Facilitate understanding


Encourage proper coping behavior

Recovery Plan




traumatic event debriefing
Traumatic Event Debriefing





  • Normalize symptoms (describe physiology of stress reactions)
  • Describe good coping behavior
  • Team members
  • Rules
  • Goals
  • Questions?
  • New Issues?
  • Look to the future

Fact Phase

Teaching Phase

  • Who are you?
  • What happened?
  • Where were you?
  • What was your job?
  • When did this happened?

Thought Phase

Symptoms Phase

  • “Worst thing about this was:”
  • “What would you change?”
  • “How has this affected you?”
  • (eating, sleeping, etc.)
  • “Describe symptoms now or at the scene”
  • Omit if LOD death
  • Prominent thoughts
  • Recurring images
  • Omit if LOD death


Reaction Phase


battlemind psychological briefing
BattleMind Psychological Briefing

A BattleMind Psychological Briefing is for large groups. It follows a “town meeting” pattern. The goal is to eliminate rumor, fill in “gaps” of information, and facilitate emotional recovery.

Beware addressing audiences that have vastly different connections to the event (such as families vs. soldiers)

Address homogenous groups

  • Introduce team
  • Describe goals

Provide information

  • Teach proper coping skills, such as proper food, drink, rest, exercise, breathing
  • warn against poor coping techniques, such as drinking alcohol, caffeine, laying around
  • List common reactions
  • Give out approved information

Facilitate Understanding

Encourage Proper Coping


group grief intervention
Group Grief Intervention

Describe the Grief Process







Discuss Coping with Grief

  • Healthy Methods
  • Unhealthy Methods

Give Structure to Remembering

  • Reaction: describe impact of the loss
  • Action: tell stories
  • Collect letters of memories to send to family
  • Name something (a room, building) in honor of the person
  • Prepare a plaque with his picture and biography to hang in the orderly room or some other place of honor
  • Submit to the battalion historian a packet of brief tributes or stories about the person

Plan Memorial



Social support

Stress reduction


Teach Self Care


ministry to attempted suicide
Ministry to Attempted Suicide

Attempt to visit soldier



Combat Stress Team


Receiving Medical Unit UMT

Coordinate TEM with doctor for defusing or debriefing

Chaplain sits in on review board

base attacked incoming casualties
Base Attacked/Incoming Casualties
  • ASAP
  • Report to S1, Battle Captain
  • call Chapel
  • monitor radio


Attack on FOB or incoming casualties



Report to unit BAS/TMC

The attack could be a rocket or a mortar landing within earshot, but especially on the PAD

S1 phone:


Chapel phone: xxxxxx



Report to Chapel




UMT Casualty Care

Needed elsewhere on the FOB?

Defuse Medics



Initiate TEM for units involved

battalion aid station operations
Battalion Aid Station Operations

Soldier wounded

Buddy Aid

1st Sergeant calls S1 with info.

(BAS Monitors A/L Net)

Combat Life Saver

Medics treat soldier

S1 alerts BAS, UMT

Medics alert BAS by radio

BAS prepares for triage

Each soldier is “logged in,” capturing name, battle roster, unit, basic injuries, etc.

UMT ministers to wounded or dying soldiers

BAS triages patients

BAS treats patients

Medics fill DA 1388, Casualty Field Card

BAS evacuates or RTD each Soldier

unit umt casualty care


Sacramental, medical, comfort

Chaplain Assistant

Medical, comfort

Unit UMT Casualty Care

UMT responds to BAS/FAS/TMC for incoming wounded

Triage Priority of Care:

Expectant (low chance of survival)

Immediate (high chance of survival with proper intervention)

Delayed (needs surgery, but can tolerate delay)

Minimal (minor injuries, RTD after treatment)

Concentrate on victims in outside holding areas

Have Assistant monitor for new Arrivals

Name, rank, unit, nature of religious ministry, last words

Fill out DA 1156 for each soldier


Fill out info on a blank card to give to the S-1

For Delayed, Minimal, do “Ministry to Wounded Soldier”

For expectant, do “Ministry to Dying Soldier”

If deaths occur, then do “Death of a Soldier”

ministry to wounded soldiers
Ministry to Wounded Soldiers

UMT receives notice of wounded soldiers

See BAS Operations

UMT responds to BAS

Redeploy to FAS?

Priority of Care

Expectant (low chance of survival)

Immediate (high chance of survival with proper intervention)

Delayed (needs surgery, but can tolerate delay)

Minimal (minor injuries, RTD after treatment)

UMT fills out “Remarks” block of DA form 1156, Casualty Feeder Report, which ends up with the S1, or write it on a card with t soldier’s name, and submit it to S-1 later.

Try also putting the info on the DA 1380 that goes with the patient.

Priority of Ministry

Sacramental, medical, comfort

UMT should stay out of exam and treatment area unless there is room near a patient waiting or need for their help

UMT initiates TEM for unit affected and medics

Coordinate with Combat and Operational Stress Control Team

UMT notifies BDE UMT of event

UMT Casualty Care

ministry to dying soldiers
Ministry to Dying Soldiers

Make every effort to find a chaplain of the dying soldier’s faith.

Prayers, when a chaplain of the soldier’s faith is unavailable, may be offered by anyone, including: chaplain assistant, commanding officer, platoon leader, or another soldier in order to comfort the dying soldier.

UMT should stay out of exam and treatment area unless there is room near a patient waiting for treatment or need for their help

UMT is alerted to incoming wounded

Prayers, Last Requests:


Hail Mary

Act of Contrition

Sign of the Cross

Prayers, Last Requests:


The Lord’s Prayer

The Apostle’s Creed

Prayer for the Sick and Wounded

UMT reports to where wounded are collected

Prayers, Last Requests:


The Shema

The Confession Of The Critically Ill

The 23rd Psalm

UMT performs ministry to expectant category before others

Prayers, Last Requests:


The Shahada

Prayers for the Dying

UMT fills out “Remarks” block of DA form 1156, Casualty Feeder Report, which ends up with the S1, or write it on a card with t soldier’s name, and submit it to S-1 later.

Try also putting the info on the DA 1380 that goes with the patient.

UMT initiates TEM for unit affected and medics

Emergency Baptisms: Respect the different forms of baptism and the desires of the person being baptized.

UMT notifies BDE UMT of event

UMT Casualty Care

death of a soldier or dod civilian
Death of a Soldier or DoD Civilian

Initiate TEM for personnel involved

Coordinate with Combat and Operational Stress Control Team

Notify BDE UMT of event

Notify Combat Stress Team

(If needed)

Prepare a recommended letter from commander

Letter of Sympathy:

Includes circumstances, facts, and chronology of the death designed to answer questions about how the soldier died.

Letter of Condolence:

Does not include circumstances surrounding death of soldier. This format is used when the NOK is well informed of what happened.

Prepare a letter of condolence from UMT

Prepare for Field Memorial Ceremonies

field memorial ceremony

Command handles logistics, provides data for use in bulletin production, manages rehearsals, provides firing squad and bugler, approves bulletin no later than a day prior

PAO manages media support and control

Unit Ministry Team handles ceremony (order of service, bulletin, messages, music)

Field Memorial Ceremony

Upon verification of death of soldier, Battalion Commander convenes a planning cell

S-1, CSM, company commander, chaplain (minimum). May also include 1SG, platoon SGT/Leader

Follow “Responsibilities Checklist,” a troop to task matrix

During planning cell, BN Commander determines nature of honors, locations, timing, back planning, taskings, responsibilities

See “Field Memorial Ceremonies (UMT Role)”

Rehearsals are held the day before and the day of the ceremony, directed by CSM

Battalion CSM inspects displays, uniforms, colors at least half hour before ceremony

Boots, helmet, rifle display, as well as Taps, and firing squad are standard. Last Roll Call is optional

Ceremony is held at a time and place determined by Command

memorial ceremony troop to task
Memorial Ceremony Troop to Task

Field Memorial Ceremony

field memorial ceremonies umt role
Field Memorial Ceremonies (UMT Role)

Memorial ceremonies are a command responsibility. The UMT has a role in, but not responsibility for, the planning of the ceremonies. All duties not spelled out in this SOP are the responsibility of command. A memorial Ceremony is a military function. Content should be patriotic, non-sectarian.

Chaplain serves on Battalion Commander’s ceremony planning cell

UMT notifies BDE UMT

This includes any higher echelon SOPs

UMT provides “Ministry of Presence” among troops affected

UMT prepares the Memorial Ceremony service bulletin with command approval

Chaplain must read and approve all soldier tributes

See “Field Memorial Ceremony Program”

UMT manages music (except TAPS), remarks made by participants

UMT coordinates scheduling, location, rehearsals with command

Boots, helmet, rifle display,

UMT coordinates with PAO media support and control

Coordinates with chapel staff for use of chapel

as well as Taps, and firing squad are standard. Last Roll Call is optional

Conduct Service according to RB 16-100, FM 22-5,TC 16-2

Field Memorial Ceremony

field memorial ceremony program


National Anthem

Invocation (Stand)

Special Music

Commander’s Remarks

Memorial Tribute

(Biographical Sketch/Service Record/Silent Tribute)

Personal Reflections from a friend

Scripture Reading

Chaplain’s Remarks

Benediction (Stand till official party leaves)

Last Roll Call

Firing of Volleys



(Items in Red are required)

(Items in Black are optional)

More than one commander may speak or tribute may be given, but less time for each results.

Ceremonial etiquette

Uniform: ACU

Chaplain’s stole: No

News Media: No

Video taping: Unit only, for family

Rehearsal: day before minimum

Chaplain’s message: patriotic, non-sectarian, religiously neutral

Tributes, remarks: Brief, screened by chaplain 48 hours before ceremony

Assembly area: plain, no religious decorations

Bulletin: may include biographical data

If ceremony is for multiple casualties, names may be listed by unit in place of biographical data.

The more activities or people involved, the less time for each. Time is limited to no more than ½ hour.

Field Memorial Ceremony Program

See “Memorial Ceremony Speeches” for guidance and ideas

Field Memorial Ceremony

memorial ceremony speeches
Memorial Ceremony Speeches
  • Introduce Self: Rank, position, connection to soldier(s)
  • Figure 140 words per minute

(Five minute speech =700 words max!)

  • Commander’s Address, talking points
    • Patriotic tribute:
      • Sacrifice
      • Loyalty
      • Mission
      • Benefits of sacrifice
      • Personal reflections on death in battle (for instance: necessity of sacrifice to stem the tide of evil, role of military in providing safety and security for those back home)
      • Honor the memory of the fallen
  • Personal Reflections (Be brief, limit the number of remembrances)
    • Some ideas
      • Describe impact of soldier on speaker, unit
      • Talk about the courage, integrity, honor, responsibility, or loyalty of the soldier

EXAMPLE; “I am LTC Al Morris, BN Commander for 3-157th FA. SGT Mike Brown belonged to A BTY, attached to the TF for this mission”

Field Memorial Ceremony



Command Group



Top Frontal View

Seats for



(w/bible and candles)

U.S. Colors

Chapel Colors





If unit also desires that Unit Colors be

displayed, consult protocol or unit


Make sure you run seating chart through protocol

Field Memorial Ceremony


Kevlar/Weapon Display

Kevlar with deceased soldier’s name on camo band and rank

M-16 or M-4 (barrel down) with

fixed bayonet and empty magazine

in magazine well. Magazine side

is toward congregation

I.D. tags suspended from magazine

Memorial Stand

Pair of boots.

Field Memorial Ceremony

memorial services
Memorial Services

Memorial services are religious services with voluntary attendance. The chaplain should represent the faith group of the deceased and should consult with the family of the deceased, if possible, for service plans.

UMT notified of soldier’s death

UMT contacts family to learn family desires and faith tradition

UMT provides “Ministry of Presence” among troops affected

Boots, helmet, rifle display, as well as Taps, and firing squad are standard. Last Roll Call is optional

UMT prepares for the Memorial service

Manages scheduling, location, rehearsals

Provides order of service, bulletin

Coordinates with chapel, Commander and S1

See “Sample Memorial Service”

Command provides logistical support: data for use in bulletin production, firing squad and bugler

UMT conducts Service according to RB 16-100, FM 22-5,TC 16-2

sample memorial service
Service Elements










Last Roll Call

Firing of Volleys (at attention)

Taps (present arms)

Elements are traditional. They may be changed to reflect individual faith group of family.


Uniform: Dress

Stole: Yes

News Media: If family permits

Video taping: If family permits

Chaplain’s message: faith based, consistent with deceased or family’s faith group

Chapel: full religious decoration

Bulletin: may include biographical data

Liturgy: may follow faith group tradition

Sample Memorial Service
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Pastoral Counseling & Behavioral Health

SM wants to speak to Chaplain or Behavioral Health Officer (BHO)

CH, BHO and/or SM wants referral to additional facility

Seeks approval from Unit and BN CDRs

Calls and/or visits confidentially

Chaplain and/or Behavioral Health Officer want to speak to SM



SM continues duty

SM sent to facility. Trip coordinated through BN

Coordinated through Unit CDR

Calls and/or visits confidentially