Over the years I wondered if I got sent on a course because my Sargent, and the station Chaplain could see something in me that I missed. I've always been a good listener and I can empathize well with people in distress.
Since 2006, the UK/USA outlook is being a non-combat role, the Chaplain should remain unarmed even in a combat zone; the other NATO countries leave it a personal choice.
If I was a Chaplain in a combat zone I'd make certain I had a gun to defend myself.
he irony is they are not barred from gaining marksmanship badges in firearms.