Monday, April 17, 2017

The Proximity Principle: Army Chaplains on the Fighting Line in Doctrine and History

The first official US Army chaplain doctrine appeared in 1926 and contained this guidance: “The duty of the chaplain lies with the men of his command who are on the fighting line.” This guidance reflected a principle of proximity — that is, chaplains minister wherever their soldiers are found, up to and including during direct ground combat. The primary argument of this thesis is that this proximity principle - both in chaplain history and chaplain doctrine - has been a dominant theme of the Army chaplain’s ministry.

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