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10 U.S. Code § 8221 - Chaplains: divine services

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.
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.
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, § 6031; Pub. L. 86–140, Aug. 7, 1959, 73 Stat. 288; renumbered § 8221, Pub. L. 115–232, div. A, title VIII, § 807(b)(7), Aug. 13, 2018, 132 Stat. 1834.)

Historical and Revision Notes

Revised section

Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)


34 U.S.C. 95.

R.S. 1397.


34 U.S.C. 266 (1st sentence).

May 5, 1950, ch. 169, § 7(d), 64 Stat. 146.


34 U.S.C. 266 (2d sentence).

May 5, 1950, ch. 169, § 7(e), 64 Stat. 146.


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.

Editorial Notes
Prior Provisions

A prior section 8221, ct Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 502, related to authorized strength of Air Force Reserve, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 103–337, div. A, title XVI, § 1662(a)(3), Oct. 5, 1994, 108 Stat. 2988. See section 12001 of this title.


2018—Pub. L. 115–232 renumbered section 6031 of this title as this section.

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 L. 86–140 repealed subsec.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.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date of 2018 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 115–232 effective Feb. 1, 2019, with provision for the coordination of amendments and special rule for certain redesignations, see section 800 of Pub. L. 115–232, set out as a note preceding section 3001 of this title.