As an integral part of the military operational structure, chaplains protect the first amendment rights to the free exercise of religion (DoD Directive 1300.17) for all service members and their families, while remaining faithful to their ecclesiastical endorsement (DoD Directive 1304.19). Chaplains are responsible for worship, liturgies, rites, pastoral care, religious education, and advice to leadership in areas of religion, religious accommodation, and moral/ethical decision-making. They provide a spiritual dimension to family support, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), medical, and quality of life programs. Chaplains often provide individual, marital, and family counseling services offering absolute privileged (confidential) communication.
The Chaplain's Corner
USAF Chaplain Corps