Jargon is generally defined as language that
is peculiar to a particular trade or profession.
Chaplains and RPs should be cautious when
using language that may not be understood by
individuals not closely associated with the CRP.
For example, the term Command Religious
Program (CRP) should be used whenever
appropriate to emphasize the Command
nature of the religious program. Also, the term
Chaplains Office should be avoided when
referring to an entire chapel complex; the correct
term is Office of the Chaplain.
Command Chaplain should be used
instead of Senior Chaplain when referring to
the chaplain who has been designated by the
commanding officer to direct the operation of
the office of the chaplain. Command
Chaplain is a functional title while Senior
Chaplain refers to a chaplains rank in relation
to other chaplains,
Chaplains of all ranks are addressed by the
term Chaplain in most instances. Terms of
address which are common within particular
faith groups such as Father, Pastor, or
may be used when appropriate.
However, the RP should refer to assigned
chaplains by the term Chaplain regardless of
rank since it is common to all faith groups and
expresses the identity of the clergy within the