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Chaplain of the
United States Marine Corps
RDML Brent Scott.jpg
RDML Brent W. Scott

since July 25, 2014
Website Official Website

The Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps (CHMC) is a position always filled by the officer serving as Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy as a "dual hatted" billet since 2000.[1] The CHMC oversees religious ministry in the Marine Corps which one Commandant of the Marine Corps defined as "a vital function which enhances the personal, family, and community readiness of our Marines, sailors, and their families. Chaplaincy supports the foundational principle of free exercise of religion and helps to enrich the spiritual, moral and ethical fabric of the military."[1]

The current CHMC is Rear Admiral (lower half) Brent W. Scott. He was sworn in on July 25, 2014.[2]

Assignment and responsibilities

The Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy advises the Commandant of the Marine Corps, the Chief of Naval Operations, and the Commandant of the Coast Guard "on all matters pertaining to religion within the Navy, United States Marine Corps, and United States Coast Guard"—but the Deputy Chief of Chaplains serves as Chaplain of the Marine Corps, "advising the CMC on religious ministry matters in reference to support, personnel, plans, programs, policies, and facilities within the USMC."[3][4] Additionally, in the concurrent role of Navy Deputy Chief of Chaplains, the person holding this position is "Deputy Director of Religious Ministries," serving as the "principal assistant to the Chief of Chaplains."[5]

Prior to 2000, when Rear Admiral Louis Iasiello became the first chaplain of flag rank to serve as Chaplain of the Marine Corps, that position was held by a senior Navy chaplain holding the rank of Navy Captain.[1][6]

Marine Corps chaplain support

Navy chaplains support personnel throughout the Department of the Navy, which includes the Navy and Marine Corps,[7] and also support personnel in the United States Coast Guard.[8]


See: Uniforms of the United States Navy § Navy personnel attached to Marine Corps units

According to Chapter Six of the U.S. military uniform regulations, personnel assigned to the Marine Corps (including chaplains) have the option of wearing Marine Corps uniforms (and chaplains assigned to the Coast Guard may wear Coast Guard uniforms).[9]

Chaplains of the U.S. Marine Corps

Photo Rank Name Term began Term ended
O-06Captain Craven, John H.John H. Craven 1969 1974
1974 1975
O-06Captain McDonald, Leo J.Leo J. McDonald 1975 1979
7. MarineCorpsEvans.jpg O-06Captain Evans, Jr., George W.George W. Evans, Jr. 1979 1982
8. EliTakesian.jpg O-06Captain Takesian, EliEli Takesian[10] 1982 1986
O-06Captain Hiskett, Walter A.Walter A. Hiskett 1985 1989
O-06Captain Krabbe, Donald L.Donald L. Krabbe 1989 1991
O-06Captain Ellis, Larry H.Larry H. Ellis 1991 April 1995
12. Pucciarelli.JPEG O-06Captain George W. Pucciarelli April 1995 March 31, 1998
13. JosephLamonde.jpg O-06Captain Lamonde, Joseph R.Joseph R. Lamonde April 1, 1998 August 2000
14. LouisIaielloMarine.jpg O-07RDML Iasiello, Louis V.Louis V. Iasiello August 2000 July 2003
15. RobertBurtMarine.jpg O-07RDML Burt, Robert F.Robert F. Burt July 2003 June 22, 2006
16. RDML AlanTBaker.jpg O-07RDML Baker, Alan T.Alan T. Baker June 23, 2006 2009
17. MarkTidd.jpg O-07RDML Tidd, Mark L.Mark L. Tidd August 2009 May 13, 2010
18. KibbenMC.jpg O-07RDML Kibben, Margaret G.Margaret G. Kibben May 14, 2010 July 24, 2014
19. RDML Brent Scott.jpg O-07RDML Scott, Brent W.Brent W. Scott July 25, 2014 Incumbent


See: Marine Prayer

See also


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