One of my favorite TV programs of all time is MASH and one of my favorite characters is Father Mulcahy played by William Christopher. He portrayed what I consider to be the essence of a good Chaplain.
A question ... and I pose it as a nominal Protestant. How was it that the Catholic Chaplains in the military were a cut above their Protestant counterparts?
During my time with 1 RNZIR I can think of Fathers Jim McNeil, Ray Stachurski (Stack) and John Carde as absolute stand outs. On the Protestant side the only name that comes readily to mind is Wakahuihui Vercoe.
It has been suggested to me that the Catholics tended to send their best while the C of E and Protestant Chaplains were often also rans 'promoted' sideways.
An absolute exception to the rule were the Salvation Army Chaplains/Field Staff in Vietnam. They were outstanding. They had our total respect.
Times may have changed. I hope they have. Feel free to disagree. Would welcome your comment.