In addition to predicting that the repeal of DADT would adversely impact retention, members of the so called Chaplains Alliance for Religious Freedom(CARL), led by retired reserve Army Col. Ron Crews, also predicted many Chaplains would resign their commissions. The Forum is aware of two resignations. One was in the pipeline before repeal, and the other has a very interesting story.
The unnamed Chaplain from an fundamentalist denomination told the line officer commander he was supporting, that if the law was repealed, he would resign. After repeal the CO called in the chaplain and said, “If you are a man of honor, I expect your resignation on my desk tomorrow morning.” Sure enough he submitted his resignation which was subsequently accepted.
The online site Military.com has been following the consequences of repeal closely. This story further demonstrates the chaplaincy has adopted well to this new environment and the predicted exodus has not occurred.