More than two thirds of the military's 2,900 active-duty chaplains today are affiliated with evangelical or Pentecostal denominations. Captain MeLinda Morton thinks even that figure is an underrepresentation.
Let's be careful not to let instances of Christian evangelism in the ranks distract us from a healthy exercise of spirituality and religious feeling. Let's applaud our military chaplains even as we recognize that they too have limitations.
When I popped in a DVD of Chaplains Under Fire, a new documentary about military chaplains by independent filmmakers Terry Nickelson and Lee Lawrence, I was expecting the worst. I'm happy to say I was wrong.