Forum on the Military Chaplaincy

committed to free and diverse religious expression


Welcome to the Forum on the Military Chaplaincy. The Forum supports the Chiefs of Chaplains in their constitutional duty to secure the free exercise of religion for all of America’s service members, to achieve denominational balance and symmetry within the Chaplain Corps consistent with national demographics, to provide an inclusive, socially and spiritually responsive program of training and education, and to extend a welcome and affirming presence to the troops and military families they are called to serve.

Our Mission

At the Forum on Military Chaplaincy, our mission is to advocate for a Military Chaplaincy committed to free and diverse religious expression, and to the sacred values of personal integrity, selfless compassion, respect for others, and excellence in leadership. 

Our Vision

We are committed to a religiously diverse and socially responsible chaplaincy.


Supporting Partners

The Forum on the Military Chaplaincy is hosted jointly by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and Outserve, which is now going through the transition of becoming a combined organization called OutServe-SLDN.

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Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) is a non-partisan, non-profit, legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America’s military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  SLDN provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law and the prior regulatory ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination.  Since 1993, our in-house legal team has responded to more than 11,500 requests for assistance.




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OutServe is the association of actively-serving LGBT military personnel that launched on July 26, 2010. With more than 4,500 members and 45+ chapters worldwide, it is the one of the largest LGBT employee resource groups in the world. OutServe works to support a professional network of LGBT military personnel and create an environment of respect in the military with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Featured Posts

“Pathways to Military Chaplaincy” Report

“Pathways to Military Chaplaincy” Report

The Forum on the Military Chaplaincy provided leadership for a consultation entitled “Pathways to Military Chaplaincy” held at Boston University School of Theology April 8-9, 2016. We are pleased to provide the report from that very successful consultation.

DoD publishes new faith and belief codes

DoD publishes new faith and belief codes

This is a very important document for a number of reasons. It now recognizes many additional faith and belief groups including Humanists, Atheists, Agnostics, Pagans, Shamans,  etc.   Faith-and-Belief-Codes-for-Reporting-Personnel-Data-of-Service-Members

DoD Lifts Ban on Transgender Service.

DoD Lifts Ban on Transgender Service.

The Department of Defense has lifted the long standing ban on service by transgender citizens. This has been a thoroughly researched and vetted decision. The Department has issued both a press release and a memo on the new policy.