Chaplain History


The chaplains are considered as the bases of the biblical teachings of the Old Testaments. The chaplains are regarded as an eminent part of tradition of military from the earlier years that lead to European antecedents that used clergy system in the revolutionary war in 1971. This paper carries out a SWOT analysis of the Christian Chaplaincy in order to understand the history, duties and the difficulties that were faced by the chaplains. 

From the pages of past history, one can easily find out the roles and the function that have been played so far by the military chaplains The chaplains are considered to be the healers, helping hands and a voice of inspiration for comforting the military officials at the time of jeopardizing.  Chaplains are members of clergy who serve as the religious guiders on the borders. Chaplains provide morals to strengthen the faith of army.

They do not carry weapons but they have the power to govern the minds of the army officers with the help of religious text to comfort their souls in the crucial times of misery in remote locations. They are specially trained for guiding religiously and they are considered to be experts in conveying the religious messages (Thompson).

The tradition of chaplaincy is old as the concept of war. The Christian chaplaincy has been a part of military from the French and Indian War. The regularity in the appointment of chaplaincy was called upon by George Washington. The continental army instituted the chaplaincy services during the American Revolution (Bergen).


The strength of the chaplains is that they serve as the morale booster and work for the battle indirectly by being the strength for the army.

They serve in the battle field indirectly by polishing the goals and faiths of the army. Chaplains had served the armies of Christians and its roots could easily be found in spiritual text namely the Old Testament. One of the examples could be the priest Aaron who served the purpose of morale booster for the fighters. Chaplains also performed the function of medical in the revolutionary war period. The chaplains carried the wounded ones to the remote location. History also reveals that the chaplains also buried the dead officers which was then included in the religious task of the chaplains (Bergen).


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