ALMARS : 001/19
111828Z JAN 19
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RELIGIOUS PROGRAM (RP) SPECIALIST RATING//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On January 15th the Religious Program Specialist will celebrate their 40th anniversary. The men and women of the RP rating continue to help our Marine Corps be spiritually fit and ready to face whatever challenges are ahead. RPs operate as true professionals on many diverse platforms on which they serve.
2. Created in 1979, RPs have assisted Navy Chaplains in the protection and support of religious freedoms and safeguarding the trust of privileged communication only found between the Chaplain and those they serve.
3. I would like to thank all RPs for their dedicated service and assistance caring for our Marines, Sailors and their families.
4. Happy Anniversary and Semper Fidelis. Robert B. Neller, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//