Navy Chaplains as Religious Advisors: A Combatant Commander's Strategic Asset in Conflict, Reconstruction and Peace
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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The role of chaplains as religious advisors has evolved throughout Navy Chaplain Corps history. JP 1-05 and SECNAVINST 1730.10 further develop this evolutionary process by clarifying and synergizing religious support and religious advisement for the next century. Together, JP 1-05 and SECNAVINST 1730.10 provide the institutional underpinning for properly employing Navy Chaplains in a way that maintains their non-combatant status, honors their ecclesiastical integrity, and benefits the operational commander. In light of the prominence religious affairs plays in culture, politics and conflict around the world these instructions significantly elevated the visibility of the chaplains role. It is critical for combatant commanders to understand the chaplains role as command religious advisor and liaison and the responsibilities assigned as defined by Joint Publication 1-05 and SECNAVINST 1730.10. This knowledge will enable the combatant commander to effectively employ the chaplain as a strategic asset in the operational environment.
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