RELEVANCE OF RELIGIOUS LEADER ENGAGEMENT FOR THE AIR FORCE CHAPLAIN CORPS
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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The relationship between religion and the Air Force has been tenuous in recent years. Nonetheless, Air Force chaplains have played a role, not only as spiritual caregivers to Airmen, but also as an agent of Religious Leader Engagement on deployments in an informal manner. As the nature of warfare continues to evolve toward a non-traditional format, interactions with local populace and understanding of their cultural and religious background will become more important. Though the Air Force Chaplain Corps does not train for Religious Leader Engagement formally, as a joint force, more consideration will need to be given to incorporate this skill set into the Air Force Chaplain Corps training.
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