Pentagon chaplains say troops can share faith within limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Pentagon chaplains say members of the armed forces are free to share their religious beliefs, within limits.

The Navy Chief of Chaplains, Rear Adm. Mark Tidd, told a House subcommittee Wednesday that religious sharing should stop if it's clearly unwelcome.

The Army's Deputy Chief of Chaplains, Brig. Gen. Charles Bailey, said troops also should avoid expressions of faith that demean the beliefs of others.

The defense bill that President Barack Obama signed into law last month says the military "shall accommodate individual expressions of belief" unless they hurt "military readiness, unit cohesion, and good order and discipline."

The Air Force Deputy Chief of Chaplains, Brig. Gen. Bobby Page, said a commanding officer can be open about his faith "as long as it's clear that what he is saying is personal and not official" and is not meant to pressure subordinates.

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