By Chaplain (Colonel), ARNG, William Sean Lee, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Christopher J. Burke, Lieutenant Colonel, ANG, Zonna M. Crayne, Air University Press

The 3 researchers of “Military Chaplains as Peace developers: Embracing Indigenous Religions in balance Operations”—Chaplain (Col) William Sean Lee, Lt Col Christopher J. Burke, and Lt Col Zonna M. Crayne, all Air strength Fellows—make feedback that convey the chaplain company into the twenty-first century. faith and tradition normally were lengthy missed by means of planners, coverage makers, and diplomats. Our event in section IV, or the positive part, of Operation Iraqi Freedom has basically uncovered this inattention as a significant flaw in bringing peaceable improvement to Iraq. those authors recommend that army chaplains could be a a part of a greater resolution. it's not a case of attempting to proselyte; it is very considered one of attractive neighborhood spiritual leaders to facilitate the stabilization method. at the moment, US army chaplains not just supply spiritual and non secular help to army group of workers and their households, but in addition teach to behavior spiritual region analyses and tests, essentially for the aim of advising the commander on indigenous non secular tradition and practices. The thesis of this paper is to indicate an improved position as spiritual liaison, in which the chaplains could have an immediate interface with neighborhood spiritual teams and spiritual leaders. The chaplains might increase a discussion, construct relationships, advertise goodwill, or even aid create formal inter-religious councils. The authors suggest adjustments affecting doctrine, education, and assignments which are essential to facilitate this elevated function of chaplains. Commanders usually have an army legal professional and intelligence officer through their aspect while addressing operational judgements. Chaplains of the long run could be both very important to the commander undertaking balance operations. Our management needs to be cozy within the figuring out that someone doesn't need to develop into non secular for you to comprehend faith.

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19. South Africa, The Bill of Rights of the Constitution of South Africa, Act No. 108, 1996, chap. 2, sec. 15; South Africa Department of Defence Instruction, Religious Policy, 2000. 20. Ignatious F. Gqiba and Sybrand van Niekerk, “The Role and Influence of Chaplains in the South African National Defence Force” (unpublished paper, 2003), 13. 21. South African National Defence Force Chaplain Service, (Pretoria: Department of Defence, 2000). 22. Nils T. Lunde and Bard Maeland, “From Nation-building to Peacebuilding: A Half Century with the Norwegian Military Chaplaincy” (unpublished paper, 2003), 11.

401, Civil Affairs Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures, 2003. 4. Rodger Venzke, Confidence in Battle, Inspiration in Peace: The United States Army Chaplaincy, 1945–1975 (Washington, DC: Office of the Chief of Chaplains, 1977), 7–11; Edward L. R. Elson, personal files, Chaplain Corps Archives, US Army Chaplain Museum, Fort Jackson, SC, pages unnumbered. 5. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, letter to Lt Gen Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, 11 December 1990, in personal files of David Peterson, Fort Belvoir, VA.

Individual competence and ongoing training and development are the norm for all military specialties. Chaplains can be trained to function successfully in this role with standards that denote and guarantee strict tolerances with acceptable margins of error. The impact of local religions on mission success cannot be ignored, and chaplains are by far the best possible choice to embrace these religious groups and religious leaders during stability operations. A third argument against chaplain involvement in stability operations is that chaplains cannot engage in combat operations, and Phase IV stability operations is a part of combat operations.

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