Accession Number:

ADA439298

Title:

Restructuring the United States Navy Chaplain Corps

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

59.0

Abstract:

The Department of Defense has scarce resources and must continually make decisions on what new programs to fund and what obsoleteunnecessary programs to eliminate or modify. With regard to manpower issues, there are many jobs within the military that could be outsourced or restructured for a financial savings without a reduction in quality. One of these potential jobs is that of the U.S. Navy chaplain. This paper investigates the following 1 whether or not the chaplain function must be performed by a commissioned officer, and 2 whether a substantial savings could be realized to the United States taxpayer if this position were outsourced or restructured without sacrificing anyones rights of religious freedom. Overall, an argument is made for the divestiture of permanent shipboard and most shore-based chaplains. This is done on the basis of economic savings potentially 69 millionyear and the lack of a demonstrated necessity for religious representation in areas that provide sufficient opportunities for worship. Outsourcing is presented as another avenue to obtain financial savings potentially 37.5 millionyear due to the demonstrated lack of difference between the duties of military chaplains and civilian clergy. However, outsourcing is shown to be an inferior approach. In addition, the logic behind the preservation of the Chaplain Corps is explored.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE