Religion: Onward Christian Soldiers

In 1917 chaplains got less attention from the Army than cooks. Few cantonments had chapels, and chaplains got neither religious equipment nor other assistance. Officers could assign the chaplains to all sorts of chores—tending the canteen, courts-martial, postmaster, athletic or entertainment director, checking up on mess purchases. Many colonels made virtual errand boys of their chaplains.

Today all this is changed—partly because many church groups protested World War I indignities, partly because few ministers would volunteer if it meant the 1917 kind of odd jobs. In this war chaplains can concentrate on...

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