Latter-day Saints serving as chaplains in the U.S. armed forces have a positive effect in the military because of their emphasis on the family.
Chaplain (Col.) Henry L. Hunt, Sixth U.S. Army chaplain for U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard units, commented on the value of LDS chaplains during a visit to the Church's Military Relations Department March 6. Hunt was in Salt Lake City planning for an annual training conference for chaplains and chaplain assistants of the Sixth Army that probably will be held in Salt Lake City in January 1992. In addition, he also visited and spoke to members of a local family support group on March 7."I've had a lot of experience with LDS chaplains," said Hunt, who assists with the training and recruiting of chaplains and chaplain assistants in the Sixth Army area, which covers 12 western states.
"LDS chaplains bring an expertise and a level of concern and commitment to family values that are informative to the rest of us," he told the Church News. "That doesn't mean we don't have it too, but the LDS Church has had remarkable success in that area. In a sense, they become our teachers.
"LDS chaplains have made a place for themselves and it's a vital place," he added. "They're not weak members of the team anywhere. They are leaders."
Currently, the Church has 52 chaplains on active duty in the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force. In addition, other 54 LDS chaplains serve in the National Guard and Reserves, 37 in the Civil Air Patrol, and one in the Veterans Administration.