The past 25 years have seen leaps forward for diversity in the American military chaplaincy that it had not seen in the previous 250 years. Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus were accepted for the first time as chaplains. Chaplains supported the construction of a chapel facility in the form of a Wiccan circle. But these few steps forward lag far behind the progress of the United States and the members of its military. An important constituency left out is Humanism.1
This article is prepared by Jason Torpy, a prior Army Captain, West Point graduate, and Iraq war veteran. I experienced frequent proselytism by commanders and chaplains alike and a total lack of consideration for the nontheist or humanist perspective. I find this common among members of the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers, an organization by and for humanists and other nontheists serving in the military.