(Random Past Article.) It was because of Byron's post (which comes up now and then) that I found "Foxhole Atheists" a couple of years ago by googling the phrase.The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers works for all "religious minorities." Catholics are under-respresented, and Jews, etc., all the moreso. Only recently in the last year I think, the US military has recognized Humanist chaplains. Byron's post raised the issue of separation of church and state and in reply in #3 (Citizen Rat) and #6 (Jeremy Johnson) did not see the issue. I do, of course.
I joined the MAAF and paid my dues for a couple of years and via the MAAF website, I found the books by Kayla Williams, Love My Rifle More than You, and Plenty of Time When We Get Home. Though not an Objectivist, Williams was indeed a Rand-fan, reading Atlas Shrugged while on deployment in Iraq and relating well to Dagny's battles against incompetence. (I reviewed her books on my blog.)
I noted in another post that a superior NCO found my picture at the MAAF site. We were serving in the same office then, but it did not seem to affect his view of me. We still socialize.
Much as been written about fundamentalist Protestants prosyletizing at the USAF Academy. The stories and reports are worth knowing about.
I suppose that in the federal military, the numbers are more representative, but in the Texas State Guard, I have never met a Catholic chaplain. I know from statewide drills that even in Texas, all kinds of people serve in the military. I know that we have Jews and Muslime, and I suspect some Hindus and Buddhists. (DFW and Houston are big cities.) And I know from standing at the back during leadership conferences, that not everyone bows their heads at the chaplain's command. At his introductory sermon, our current chaplain started off by asserting that he had a "Constitutional Right to Witness for My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." Maybe he does. That still leaves a lot of spiritual needs unaddressed. However, it is also true that every unit leader from the corporal to the commanding general is tasked with mentoring and guidance as a requirement of effective leadership. (The US Army publishes training manuals FM-22-101 on Leadership Counseling.) So, if you were in the military and if you were looking for "someone to talk to" you might have to test the waters, but you can probably find someone older, wiser, or at least more interested in listening.