NAVY REGULATlONS (1939)
The chaplain shall----
(1) Perform divine services aboard his own ship when prescribed
by the commanding officer.
(2) Perform divine services aboard other ships and at shore sta-
tions and naval hospitals when directed by the senior officer present.
(3) Facilitate performance of divine service by clergymen of
churches other than his own as directed by his commanding officer.
(4) Form voluntary classes for religious instruction as directed by
the commanding officer.
(5) Supervise instruction of those deficient in elementary subjects,
reporting quarterly in writing to his commanding officer on the
character, hours, and progress of instruction given each individual so
(6) Visit the sick daily or oftener unless their condition renders
these visits inadvisable.
(7) At quarters, reports to his battle station as directed by the com-
manding officer, who shall assign the chaplain a station where at he
may attend the wounded.
(8) At daily quarters, report his presence aboard to the executive
(9) As required by section 1398 R. S., report annually to the
Secretary of the Navy (via official channels) all official services per-
formed by him.
(10) As provided by section 1397 R. S., conduct public worship
according to the manner and form of his own church.
(11) He shall, in case of sickness, death, or other emergency call on
the homes of men whose families reside in the vicinity of the ship. In
addition to emergency calls, he shall, when occasion offers, make such
calls on families as he may deem desirable for the development of a
sense of interest by the ship in the welfare of the men and of families.
(12) Report to the Bureau of Naval Personnel all marriages,
funerals, and baptisms at which he officiates, giving names, dates, and
Figure II-1-4.Navy Regulations (1939) Outlining Duties of a Navy Chaplain.
placed on the chaplaincy in the Navy.
There are three correspondence courses that
provide a detailed history of the Chaplain
These courses are: History of the
Chaplain Corps, Part I (presents the history of
the Chaplain Corps
from the days of the
account shows the importance that has been
Continental Navy to 8 September 1939); History
of the Chaplain Corps, Part II (continues the
history of the Chaplain Corps through 1949);
and, History of the Chaplain Corps, Part III
(presents the history of the Chaplain Corps dur-
ing the Korean War). The personnel in the com-
mands educatinonal services office will order