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The Chaplain Corps is directed to provide religious ministry and ensure the free exercise of religion for military members. Knowing your Marines and their spiritual condition is as important as knowing their performance level. The Chaplain is here to assist you in knowing your Marines.


Having a Chaplain Corps is of vital importance to maintaining religious freedom within the Department of the Navy. It serves not to force faith on Sailors and Marines but to guarantee that they may worship while serving their country.

In This Lesson

Some of the information in this lesson can give you, as a leader, an edge on understanding the purposes for having chaplains and what their roles are while serving as special staff officers. Also, this lesson discusses the entire religious ministry concept and how it can help you as a company grade officer.

This lesson covers the following topics:

Topic Page
What is a Chaplain? What do They do? 3
What is a Command Religious Program? 3
What is a Religious Ministry Team? 4
Summary 4
References 4
Glossary of Terms and Acronyms 5
Notes 5