Church members in the military and their families face unique challenges as they serve their countries. By understanding these challenges, priesthood leaders are better prepared to minister to military members. Many countries have a mandatory military conscription (draft) that requires young men and some young women to serve one to two years in their country’s military. Other countries have an all-volunteer military. Some nations have a large military force with the ability to respond to conflicts around the world, while others have a relatively small military used mainly for self-defense and internal security. As priesthood leaders contemplate how best to minister to military members, it is important for them to understand the situations and restrictions of members serving in the military.
This section is designed to help priesthood leaders understand their responsibilities for strengthening and supporting Church members in the military. The following topics will be discussed:
- Establishing a ward or branch for military members and their families.
- Establishing a service member group and the responsibilities of service member group leaders.
- Providing pre-military service Church orientation for members before they enter the military.
- Organizing a stake military relations committee.
- Missionary service and military obligations.
- Wearing the garment in the military.
- Annual interviews and Church callings for Latter-day Saint chaplains.
For further information, contact the Military Relations and Chaplain Services Division at 801-240-2286 or email PST-Military@ChurchofJesusChrist.org