Ex_Mil8 saidChaplains are another unnecessary religious add-on to the armed forces. Admittedly, they have an important counselling role, in addition to their religious duties, so why not re-title them the 'counselling branch' and ditch the religious element?
Even while we're waiting for that to happen, why not actually have Chaplains actually be registered and licensed counselors
in the first place? Many (most?) chaplains aren't
certified counselors--they don't have degrees in sociology or psychology, nor any accreditation from scientific institutions.
In my inexperienced opinion, I'd make religious counselors civilian employees, then make the church akin to contractor services, and then fund and supply the military with real
counselors with training in science, psychology, sociology etcetera, to provide real
assistance that treats
the underlying issues without
any religious element at all. That would get rid of the [legal] conflict between religion and the armed forces (separation of church and state/freedom of and from
religion), while still allowing religious people to get the faith/religious support they feel they personally need.