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Published on January 15, 2008

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Chaplain Corps, USN:  Chaplain Corps, USN Statistics, Research and Litigation Prepared 2002 CHC Litigation Quiz:  CHC Litigation Quiz There is a lawsuit pending in federal court against the Navy chaplain corps. True or False True and False. There are actually five separate suits in federal courts concerning the CHC. Some have been filed by individuals, others by groups. CHC Litigation Quiz:  CHC Litigation Quiz A senior chaplain who is in “the know” has told me that the lawsuit is a dead issue. Actually one of the suits recently was given class standing by the judge. This class action suit will eventually include between 700 to 1000 chaplains. The suit has now entered the discovery phase. CHC Litigation Quiz:  CHC Litigation Quiz These suits have been filed by a bunch of upset, bitter, passed over chaplains who couldn’t hack it and now are angry about being passed over. A federal judge has ruled that the suit should be heard because of the significant constitutional questions being raised. The litigants have argued that the current system of preferential treatment is a violation of the law; specifically, the First and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution. CHC Litigation Quiz:  CHC Litigation Quiz Chaplain Corps boards always promote the best qualified. Why even question them? A number of studies have been done that prove that CHC selection boards do not always promote those with the best records. Religious Demographics USN and USMC 8/16/99:  Religious Demographics USN and USMC 8/16/99 The religious demographics of the Department of the Navy are readily available. The 2001 demographics look like this when sorted into the major groups of Roman Catholic, Liturgical Protestant, Non-liturgical Protestant and Special Worship and No Preference. Expanded Demographics:  Expanded Demographics If one were to remove the “no preference” group from the USN demographics, and expand the remaining numbers evenly, the result would look like this. Expanded Demographics:  Expanded Demographics One would expect a Chaplain Corps based on the religious demographics of the DON to reflect these numbers: 36% Roman Catholic, 12 % Liturgical Protestant, 48% Non-liturgical Protestant and 4% Special Worship. Religious Demographics of CHC 1999:  Religious Demographics of CHC 1999 In fact, we find little or no correlation between the current makeup of the Chaplain Corps and the religious demographics of the Department of the Navy. The next two charts compare the statistics. Expanded Demographics Vs Actual CHC Composition 1999:  Expanded Demographics Vs Actual CHC Composition 1999 CHC Demographics:  CHC Demographics The result is that liturgical Protestants are the most over-represented group in the Navy. Non-liturgical Protestants are significantly under-represented as the following charts illustrate. Chaplain Availability by Faith Group, 2000:  Chaplain Availability by Faith Group, 2000 Liturgical Protestant Congregational 1:17 Episcopal 1:121 Lutheran 1:172 Methodist 1:296 Presbyterian 1:79 Orthodox 1:29 Reformed 1:23 Chaplain Availability by Faith Group, 2000:  Chaplain Availability by Faith Group, 2000 Special Worship Groups Christian Science 1:117 Jewish 1:104 7th Day Adventist 1:127 Chaplain Availability by Faith Group, 2000:  Chaplain Availability by Faith Group, 2000 Non-Liturgical Protestant Baptists 1:475 Pentecostal 1:293 Other 1:457 Roman Catholic 1:696 Chaplain Availability by Faith Group, 2000:  Chaplain Availability by Faith Group, 2000 Average Liturgical 1:140 Average Non-Liturgical 1:494 Average Special Worship 1:116 Average Roman Catholic 1:696 CHC Accessions:  CHC Accessions Just as CHC demographics do not reflect the religious makeup of the DON, research reveals that CHC does not recruit to meet these demographics. Non-liturgicals were significantly under-represented in the recruiting goals set by the Chaplain Corps from the years1992-1996. CHC Accession Goals 1992-1996:  CHC Accession Goals 1992-1996 CHC Actual Accessions 1992-1996:  CHC Actual Accessions 1992-1996 CHC Accessions, FY 1990-2001 % by Faith Grouping:  CHC Accessions, FY 1990-2001 % by Faith Grouping Accession from the Reserves:  Accession from the Reserves The Chaplain Corps regularly accesses chaplains from the Reserves at various pay grades. Only certain groups, however, have been accessed at the LCDR and above level. Accession from Reserves FY 1990-2000:  Accession from Reserves FY 1990-2000 CHC Leadership:  CHC Leadership One would hope that the key leadership positions in the Chaplain Corps would be evenly distributed among faith groupings, so that each would be equally represented in Chaplain leadership. In 1995, Chaplain Larry Ellis did a study of 15 key billets, the core of CHC leadership positions. He looked at the faith groups of chaplains serving in these positions for the previous 15 years. CHC Leadership:  CHC Leadership These billets included the Chief of Chaplains, Deputy Chief of Chaplains, Executive Asst to the Chief, Director of Training, Director of Distribution and Placement, Director of Plans and Policy, Director of Eccl. Relations, Asst for the Naval Reserve, Asst for USMC, PACFLT, LANTFLT, CINCUSNAVEUR, CNET, US Naval Academy and the Director of the Chaplains School. Ellis Report - 1995:  Ellis Report - 1995 Chaplain Ellis found that only 12% of these billets had been held by non liturgicals during this period of time. CHC Leadership:  CHC Leadership Take a brief look at the following statistics and make your own conclusion. Chiefs of Chaplains since 1980:  Chiefs of Chaplains since 1980 O’Connor Roman Catholic Trower Lutheran Stevenson Presbyterian McNamara Roman Catholic Koeneman Lutheran White Reformed Muchow Lutheran Holderby Lutheran Black 7th Day Adventist Deputy Chiefs of Chaplains:  Deputy Chiefs of Chaplains Moore United Methodist Stevenson Presbyterian McNamara Roman Catholic Koeneman Lutheran White Reformed Muchow Lutheran Holderby Lutheran Black 7th Day Adventist Iasello Roman Catholic CHC Leadership by Faith Group since 1980:  CHC Leadership by Faith Group since 1980 Chaplains Holding the Position of Chief or Deputy: Three Roman Catholics Four Lutherans One Presbyterian One Reformed Church of America One 7th Day Adventist One United Methodist CHC Leadership by Faith Group:  CHC Leadership by Faith Group Promotion Board Composition by Faith Group Category:  Promotion Board Composition by Faith Group Category “Chaplain Corps board members shall be nominated without regard to religious affiliation.” SECNAV Instruction 1401.3, 8 Aug 1991 Promotion Board Composition by Faith Group Category:  Promotion Board Composition by Faith Group Category As you read these charts, keep in mind the following demographics: Non liturgicals compose 40% of the active duty Chaplain Corps. Promotion Board Composition by Faith Group Category:  Promotion Board Composition by Faith Group Category Promotion Board Composition by Faith Group Category:  Promotion Board Composition by Faith Group Category Promotion Board Composition by Faith Group Category:  Promotion Board Composition by Faith Group Category Promotion Board Composition by Faith Group Category:  Promotion Board Composition by Faith Group Category Promotion Board Composition by Faith Group Category:  Promotion Board Composition by Faith Group Category The Future?:  The Future? “The Chaplain Corps has lied to clergy about opportunities for ministry in the sea services. When new chaplains discover how they are restricted in their ministry by senior chaplains who are jealous of their talents, they become angry and return to civilian life informing their clergy friends about the “truth” of what they can expect if they become Navy chaplains.” CAPT Gomulka (Roman Catholic) memo: Navy Chaplain Shortage: In Search of a Solution

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