34TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RELIGIOUS PROGRAM SPECIALIST RATING

Date Signed: 1/14/2013
ALMARS Active Number: 002/13

R 140237Z JAN 13
ALMAR 002/13
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS //
SUBJ/34TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RELIGIOUS PROGRAM SPECIALIST RATING//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  ON 15 JANUARY 2013, WE COMMEMORATE THE 34TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY'S RELIGIOUS PROGRAM SPECIALIST RATING.  THESE DEDICATED SAILORS HAVE LONG VOLUNTEERED FOR THE MOST CHALLENGING DUTIES AS THEY SERVE SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH THEIR MARINE COUNTERPARTS.  WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE THESE WARRIORS STAND BESIDE US.
2.  RELIGIOUS PROGRAM SPECIALISTS ARE TRULY IN TUNE WITH THE NEEDS OF TODAY'S WARFIGHTER.  THESE SAILORS ARE PROFESSIONAL PARTNERS OF THE RELIGIOUS MINISTRY TEAM THAT FACILITATES, CARES FOR, AND ADVISES MARINES, SAILORS AND THEIR FAMILIES.  THEIR EXPERTISE IS FOUNDATIONAL TO THE LIMITLESS CAPABILITIES OF THE COMMAND RELIGIOUS PROGRAM, AND IS A NEEDED FORCE MULTIPLIER.    
3.  OF THE 889 RELIGIOUS PROGRAM SPECIALISTS IN THE NAVY, ACTIVE AND RESERVE, NEARLY HALF CURRENTLY SERVE WITH MARINE UNITS.  MARINES HAVE COME TO EXPECT AND RELY UPON THE ENCOURAGEMENT, SUPPORT AND SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE THAT RELIGIOUS MINISTRY TEAMS PROVIDE. 
4.  ON BEHALF OF ALL MARINES, I EXTEND MY DEEPEST APPRECIATION TO ALL RELIGIOUS PROGRAM SPECIALISTS FOR YOUR DEDICATED SERVICE AND WISH YOU A HAPPY 34TH ANNIVERSARY.
5.  SEMPER FIDELIS.  JAMES F. AMOS, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS.//