21st Century U.S. Army Religious Support Field Manual (FM 16-1) - Chaplain, Worship, Pastoral Care, Funerals, Memorials

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9781592483181: 21st Century U.S. Army Religious Support Field Manual (FM 16-1) - Chaplain, Worship, Pastoral Care, Funerals, Memorials

This is the latest edition of an important U.S. Army field manual (FM) covering religious support in the military.

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"The First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees every American the right to the free exercise of religion. When the mission allows, this right is exercised by soldiers in the Army in a number of ways. These include: Worshiping according to one's faith; Seeking religious guidance, care, and counsel; keeping holy days and observances; Participating in rites, sacraments, and ordinances; Practicing dietary laws; receiving medical treatment according to one's religious belief; Wearing religious garments and maintaining religious appearance requirements.

The US Code and Army regulations prescribe the duties of chaplains, and require commanders to provide for the religious needs of soldiers. The War Department established the position of Chaplain Assistant by General Orders Number 253, published on 28 December 1909: One enlisted man will be detailed on special duty by the commanding officer of any organization to which a chaplain is assigned for duty, for the purpose of assisting the chaplain in the performance of his official duties. The commander provides religious support through a Ministry Team (MT) which consists of at least one chaplain and one chaplain assistant. The MT helps soldiers, families, and authorized civilians exercise their religious beliefs and practices. The MT is central to the organization and functioning of the chaplainry and organic to units in the Army. Religious activities of the MT include worship (services, rites, ceremonies, sacraments, and ordinances), pastoral care (visitation, ministry of presence, counseling, family life support, and the care of wounded and dying soldiers), religious education, and spiritual fitness training.

Ministry in the Army is unique and has no civilian equivalent. Soldiers in an Army unit come from a multitude of faith groups, some of which are different from the chaplain's own faith group. Under the Constitution's provision for the "free exercise of religion," the MT provides religious support for all soldiers in the unit. To ensure the free exercise of religion, all chaplains provide religious support to soldiers, their family members, and authorized civilians. Chaplains provide support according to the tenets of their faith group. If unable to provide support because of faith restrictions, chaplains seek the required support from other chaplain sources.

Commanders, chaplains, and chaplain assistants have distinct roles and responsibilities when providing religious support to soldiers and their family members. The commander is responsible for ensuring that soldiers and their families have the opportunity for the free exercise of religion. The commander enables soldiers to practice their faith through the Command Master Religious Plan (CMRP). The CMRP is intentionally broad, ensuring support and accommodation for soldiers and their families. The chaplain is a soldier who must possess the technical and tactical skills to perform effectively on the battlefield. As a commissioned officer, the unit chaplain is a special staff officer responsible to the commander for religious support. As a religious leader, the chaplain is responsible to the endorsing faith group. The chaplain's call, ministry, and ecclesiastical authority come from the religious organization which endorses the chaplain for military service. The chaplain develops and implements religious programs and activities, and advises the commander on matters of religion, morals, and morale."

This manual is produced by the US Army Chaplain Center and School, Fort Jackson.

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