Religion: A “10-level” Guide for New Team Members

by Brian Leppert

The Army demands competency and establishes training standards in a set of basic soldier tasks and drills. These create a baseline for conducting operations. Yet, CA personnel, by definition, encounter a variety of non-military mission related problems. Because of their emphasis on building relationships, CA teams must train new members on the basics of social topics. One said topic, which often leaves Americans in heated dinner table debates, concerns religion. Religion impacts individual and social life in the operational environments (OEs) that CA teams operate in. Yet, how can new CA personnel master the basics of religion? How can they extend their knowledge beyond the dinner table?