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SRWB's Avatar Jump to comment 23 by SRWB

Clearly, but does the US army need to feed the egos of evangelical chaplains, like this one, by dignifying them with a commissioned officer rank? If I was an atheist infantry lieutenant, I'd find it galling to have to salute a preacher every time our paths crossed.

Unfortunately most military forces have given officer rank and status to the clergy, much like they do to doctors, dentists and lawyers. As a serving officer it galls me too to salute a higher ranking chaplain, or any other senior officer who I do not respect, but one just remembers that, technically, it's the rank which is being acknowledged, not the individual.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 21:19:34 UTC | #927603