The Commander's Perspective on the Role of the Chaplain
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Regulations clearly state that the responsibility for the religious program in a military unit rests upon the commander. In their desire to exercise this responsibility well, they have often formed definite views and perspectives on how the religious program should be conducted. It would be extremely helpful to a chaplain to know what these views are. This study attempts to provide a medium for those views to be heard. In addition, the statement of these commanders perspectives provides an opportunity to measure the relevance of published chaplain doctrine. Through a questionnaire given to the students and faculty members of the US Army War College who had been battalion commanders, a consolidated indication of the commanders ideas is formed. A brief digest of chaplain doctrine for battalion-level operations is presented. A final chapter compares and contrasts the two and draws out implications for both chaplains and commanders.
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