by the naval service and the type of command to
communicating a commands administrative and
which the chaplains are assigned. As naval
officers, chaplains are obligated to:
Provide their ministry within the
THE CHAPEL COMMUNITY
framework of the religious program sponsored
by the commanding officer.
As a pastoral representative and naval
officer, the chaplains ministry within the Com-
Adapt their ministry to the conditions of
mand Religious Program may include minister-
the naval service.
Conduct their ministry in coordination
Military Personnel: Members of any
with the ministries of other chaplains, according
military service of the Federal
to the pattern of cooperative ministry evolved by
Government in an active or retired status.
the churches and the Navy.
Design their ministry to meet the religious
Military Dependents: Those relatives, by
blood or marriage, of members of any military
needs of command personnel, their dependents,
service of the Federal Government on active
and other authorized persons.
duty or retired who are entitled by law or
Collateral Duties of the Chaplains
administrative policy to privileges otherwise
reserved to military personnel.
Chaplains are frequently asked to perform
collateral duties within commands which are a
natural outgrowth of their religious ministry.
Collateral duties of the chaplains may include
duties related to:
Religious interests: Chaplains may be
asked to provide additional worship and devo-
tional activities to people when these activities
are appropriate, not excessive, and do not
violate the conscience of chaplains or the prac-
tices of their church.
Humanitarian interests: Chaplains may
be asked to prepare personal response presenta-
tions and instructions or to initiate people-to-
people-, community service-, or handclasp-type
Welfare activities and interests:
Chaplains may be asked to perform additional
duties related to maintaining liaison with per-
sons and agencies offering health and welfare
assistance and acting as channels for the
charitable application of time and abilities of
American Civilian Employees: Personnel
hired directly by any branch of the Department
of Defense for employment in military bases,
ships, or organizations in the United States,
during the working hours of their employment;
and such personnel and bona fide dependents
living in the same household with them within
the confines of a military base or in Government
housing provided for them in isolated places.
Overseas, U.S. citizens and bona fide
dependents residing in the same household with
them, provided they or their sponsors are
employed directly or indirectly by any agency of
the U.S. Government.
Foreign Civilian Employees: Native per-
sonnel hired directly by any branch of the
Department of Defense for employment in U.S.
military bases, ships, or organizations overseas,
during working hours in a military installation.
The U.S. Community: The U.S. citizen
population at home or overseas, usually residing
in the vicinity of military bases, ships, or
Chaplains also assist commands in communi-
The Foreign Community: The native
cating and clarifying command policies, regula-
population overseas with whom U.S. military
tions, and directives to their personnel as well as
personnel interact for any reason.