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Military programs are governed by federal law, Department of Defense policy and additional policies specific to the branches of service. The below are the excerpts from federal law that govern non-medical counseling programs in the military.

Non-Medical Counseling

Public Law 109-163, "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006," January 6, 2006 This law has three different sections that pertain to the military and mental heath care. Section 721 requires the Secretary of Defense to create a program to raise awareness of mental health warning signs and the services available to address potential mental health issues. Section 722 gives authorization to initiate pilot programs for the early diagnosis and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental conditions. Section 723 authorizes the Secretary of Defense to create a task force to evaluate current mental health conditions and treatment options within the military with the goal of improving current services.

Public Law 109-364, "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007," October 17, 2006 Section 738 of this law requires the Secretary of Defense to outline minimum mental health criteria that would allow a service member to be deployed. Section 741 gives authorization to initiate pilot programs for the early diagnosis and treatment of PTSD and other mental conditions. It also calls for the evaluation of current services addressing PTSD, outreach to military members living more than forty miles from a military treatment facility, and outreach services to family members of those with PTSD and other mental conditions.

Chaplain

Title 10, United States Code (USC) §1789, "Chaplain-led programs: authorized support," January 3, 2012 This legislation allows the military to provide support for the costs of transportation, food, lodging, child care, supplies, fees, and training materials for service members and their family members while participating in chaplain-led programs, including participation at retreats and conferences.

Title 10 USC §3073, "Chaplains," January 3, 2012 This legislation establishes chaplains within the Army to include the Chief of Chaplains, commissioned officers of the Regular Army appointed as chaplains, and other officers of the Army appointed as chaplains in the Army.

Title 10 USC §3547, "Duties: Chaplains; assistance required of commanding officers," January 3, 2012 This legislation lists the duties required of Army chaplains and requirements for commanding officers to furnish facilities, including necessary transportation, to any chaplain assigned to his or her command to assist the chaplain in performing his or her duties.

Title 10 USC §3581, "Command: Chaplains," January 3, 2012 This legislation states that Army chaplains have rank without command.

Title 10 USC §5142, "Chaplain Corps and Chief of Chaplains," January 3, 2012 This legislation establishes the Chaplain Corps within the Navy to include the Navy Chief of Chaplains.

Title 10 USC §5142a, "Deputy Chief of Chaplains," January 3, 2012 This legislation provides the Secretary of the Navy the authority to detail an active duty officer of the Chaplain Corps in the grade of commander or above as Deputy Chief of Chaplains for the Navy.

Title 10 USC §6031, "Chaplains: divine services," January 3, 2012 This legislation provides the authority for a Navy chaplain to conduct public worship according to the manner and forms of the church of which he or she is a member.

Title 10 USC §8547, "Duties: Chaplains; assistance required of commanding officers," January 3, 2012 This legislation lists the duties required of Air Force chaplains and requirements for commanding officers to furnish facilities, including necessary transportation, to any chaplain assigned to his or her command to assist the chaplain in performing his or her duties.

Title 10 USC §8581, "Command: Chaplains," January 3, 2012 This legislation states that Air Force chaplains have rank without command.


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