10 U.S.C.
United States Code, 2012 Edition
Subtitle C - Navy and Marine Corps
Sec. 6031 - Chaplains: divine services
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§6031. Chaplains: divine services

(a) An officer in the Chaplain Corps may conduct public worship according to the manner and forms of the church of which he is a member.

(b) The commanders of vessels and naval activities to which chaplains are attached shall cause divine service to be performed on Sunday, whenever the weather and other circumstances allow it to be done; and it is earnestly recommended to all officers, seamen, and others in the naval service diligently to attend at every performance of the worship of Almighty God.

(c) All persons in the Navy and in the Marine Corps are enjoined to behave themselves in a reverent and becoming manner during divine service.

(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 378; Pub. L. 86–140, Aug. 7, 1959, 73 Stat. 288.)

Historical and Revision Notes
Revised sectionSource (U.S. Code)Source (Statutes at Large)
6031(a) 34 U.S.C. 95. R.S. 1397.
6031(b) 34 U.S.C. 266 (1st sentence). May 5, 1950, ch. 169, §7(d), 64 Stat. 146.
6031(c) 34 U.S.C. 266 (2d sentence). May 5, 1950, ch. 169, §7(e), 64 Stat. 146.
6031(d) 34 U.S.C. 96. R.S. 1398.

In subsection (c) the words “and in the Marine Corps” are added to execute the definition of “Navy” in section 1, article 1, of the Act of May 5, 1950, ch. 169, 64 Stat. 146.


1959—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 86–140 repealed subsec. (d) which required each chaplain to report annually to the Secretary of the Navy the official services performed by him.