The U.S. government provides for military members' right to free exercise of religion (under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution), using the widest possible selection of credentialed professional clergy who have volunteered to minister in the military. There is a Chaplain Corps in the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Navy. The Navy Chaplain Corps provides chaplain coverage for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The prerequisites to become a chaplain are to hold the master of divinity degree, be ordained in the denomination or faith group he or she represents, have a minimum of 2 years' vocational ministry experience, and receive ecclesiastical endorsement from an approved endorsing agency. Chaplain applicants must meet age, physical, and moral requirements established by the individual branches of ...

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