0817. Observance of Sunday.
1. Except by reason of necessity or in the interest of the welfare and morale of the command, the
performance of work shall not be required on Sunday. Except by reason of necessity, ships shall not be
sailed nor units of aircraft or troops be deployed on Sunday. The provisions of this paragraph need not
apply to commands engaged in training reserve components of the Navy and Marine Corps.
2. Divine services shall be conducted on Sunday if possible. All assistance and encouragement shall be
given to chaplains in the conduct of these services, and music shall be made available, if practicable.
Chaplains shall be permitted to conduct public worship according to the manner and forms of the church
of which they are members. A suitable space shall be designated and properly rigged for the occasion,
and quiet shall be maintained throughout the vicinity during divine services. The religious preferences
and the varying religious needs of individuals shall be recognized respected, encouraged and ministered
to as practicable. Daily routine in ships and activities shall be modified on Sunday, as practicable, to
achieve this end.
3. When there is no chaplain attached to the command, the commanding officer shall engage the services
of any naval or military chaplain who may be available; or, failing in this, shall, when practicable, invite
and may remunerate a civilian clergyman to conduct religious services. Services led by laypersons are
encouraged. Provision shall be made for sending and receiving church parties as appropriate and
1063. Detail of Persons Performing Medical or Religious Services.
While assigned to combat area during a period of armed conflict, members of Medical, Dental, Chaplain,
Medical Service, Nurse or Hospital Corps and Dental Technicians shall be detailed or permitted to perform
only such duties as are related to medical, dental or religious service and the administration of medical,
dental or religious units and establishments. This restriction is necessary to protect the noncombatant
status of these personnel under the Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949.
1136. Foreign Religious Institutions.
Persons in the Department of the Navy shall respect the religious institutions and customs of foreign
countries which they visit.
Figure 1-1.U.S. Navy Regulations, 1990, Articles 087, 1063, and 1136.
agency endorses its own clerical requirements regarding
Figure 1-2 illustrates a variety of reports submitted
the application and appointment of chaplains in the U.S.
armed forces. The Armed Forces Chaplain Board
recommends Department of Defense (DOD)
recognition of these agencies.
An endorsing agency must be able to certify its
clergy as qualified to accommodate the free exercise of
religion by all members of the military services and their
families. An endorsing agency will nominate for
appointment the men and women who have met all its
requirements. Although not required by Navy directive,
chaplains will report periodically to their endorsing
agents with statistical data and activity information.
You, the RP, may be called upon to type or provide
further details for these reports.
to endorsing agencies. As an RP, you must remember
that accuracy and clarity are essential. In dealing with
agencies outside the naval community, you must
remember either to avoid naval terminology or to
explain it. Remember, what may be common to you will
often seem baffling to someone outside the naval
Another area with which you, the RP, may become
involved is specialty reports, depending on the type of
command to which you may be assigned.