Command Sponsorship of Religious Program
1301. Command Prerogatives and Responsibilities
1. Responsibility for the welfare of personnel, and specifically for the preservation of the
moral and spiritual well-being of personnel, is basic to naval command. The sponsorship of
the religious program is a command prerogative growing out of this responsibility, and the
chaplains total ministry takes place within this context. The authority and credentials of the
chaplains church do not give the chaplain an inherent right to perform acts of religious ministry
in the Navy apart from a command-sponsored religious program.
2. Support of the religious program, including funding and logistic support, is an integral
part of the commands total operation of the ship or installation.
Figure 4-25.Command sponsorship of religious program from Chaplains Manual (OPNAVINST 1730.1).
RP should ensure that the office of the chaplain
acquires the latest edition of this manual.
U.S. NAVY CHAPLAINS
PROGRAM SUPPORT GUIDE
The U.S. Navy Chaplains Program Support
Guide (NAVPERS 15992) is published yearly and
is designed to provide chaplains with information
necessary to support Navy/Marine Corps person-
nel and their dependents. The following informa-
tion is contained in NAVPERS 15992:
Program support information.
Alphabetical listing of active duty
Duty station listing by major claimants.
Lineal listing of active duty chaplains.
Lineal listing of Naval Reserve chaplains.
List of retired Navy chaplains.
List of theological student program
Assigned chaplains and RPs should use the
program support information section as a ready
reference on budgeting and supply matters. This
section contains information on ordering supplies
and materials needed to support the CRP. Figure
4-26 was taken from the 1982 edition of
NAVPERS 15992. NOTE: Various report forms
and change of address cards are also contained
in NAVPERS 15992.
POLICIES AND STANDARDS
General financial management policies and
standards governing nonappropriated fund
activities within the Department of the Navy are
prescribed in Nonappropriated Fund Financial
Management Policies and Standards (NAVSO
P-3519). This publication provides policy
guidance for accounting for Command Religious
Program chapel funds. It consists of the follow-
ing five chapters and seven appendixes:
Chapter IGeneral Information
Chapter IIInternal Control
Chapter IIIOperational Standards
Chapter IVFinancial Management
Chapter VUniform Chart of Accounts