The Air Force Chaplain: Clergy or Officer
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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The Air Force chaplain serves a dual role in the military. The chaplain is both clergy and officer. As clergy and officer, the chaplain must meet the qualifications of both church and military. However, after meeting the requirements of the military, the chaplain is selected for active duty by the endorsing body of his or her church. This process of meeting requirements of both church and military plus the endorsing process create a dual allegiance for the chaplain. The dual allegiance is born out in the military as the chaplain serves in both the capacity of clergyperson and officer. It is necessary for commanders and chaplains alike to understand potential areas of conflict if this allegiance is challenged by either the military institution or the church.
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