It is, nevertheless, the prerogative of the chaplain to probe a bit before making a referral. The chaplain
will want to be sure that the best plan of action is taken to help you. Likewise, a chaplain is likely to
want to talk with you after a referral has been made to ascertain if your needs were met by the agency or
agencies to which you were referred.
The next twenty or so pages will provide an overview of what are known in the Army as welfare
and non welfare agencies which exist for the express purpose of helping officers, enlisted personnel and
their families. Review these pages carefully as you will be required to show that you are familiar with
these agencies on the test at the end of the subcourse.
NONWELFARE AGENCIES WITHIN THE US ARMY
The chaplain is in frequent contact with certain military offices and staff sections which are
called referral agencies. The following agencies are those commonly available to the chaplain on most
military installations, USAR Centers, or Army National Guard Armories.
(1) Unit Commander.
(2) Adjutant (S1).
(3) Personnel Officer.
(4) Finance Officer.
(5) Transportation Officer.
(6) Judge Advocate and/or Legal Assistance Officer.
(7) Medical Services.
(8) Civil Affairs Officer.
(9) The Inspector General.
The preceding list is by no means all inclusive. Additional agencies may be available on certain
installations, depending upon the local situation and the military mission. The agencies listed, however,
are basic and represent those with which the chaplain is primarily involved.
The Unit Commander is responsible for all unit activities, including those involving morale,
morals, and religion. By virtue of the commander's position and his wide area of responsibility, the
chaplain will of necessity refer soldiers to him or her as often as to other agencies.
A problem may often be solved by requesting a decision at the proper level of command.
Referral should be made to the lowest possible headquarters having the authority or capability to solve