I know there are humanists in the UK Armed forces and have been for many years.
It appears there are no humanist chaplains though...
The issue we would like to highlight is that of Humanist Chaplains in the UK Armed Forces. Quite simply, there aren’t any! This is despite the growing numbers of non-religious people in the Armed Forces, reflecting the demographics of wider UK society.
Chaplaincy positions in all three of the services (i.e. Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force) are reserved for members of what are termed “Sending Churches”.
This is important as serving members may talk to a Chaplain and the contents of the discussion held in confidence. It apparently offers communication and support outside of the rank structure.
Religionists receive Chaplain support, on base, in service time. The Churches get to appoint a chaplain whose salary and pension are provided at public expense, but is in the gift of a cleric.
Non-believers must provide all their own counselling and support at their own expense, in their own time and without the facility of an officer to whom they can speak confidentially outside the normal chain of command.
Like One Law For All, the principle should be provision of professional counselling services for all, equally, regardless of religion or lack of any.