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.
The irony is they are not barred from gaining marksmanship badges in firearms.
Read the story of one man who changed from a life of war to being a man of God (Why me, Lord?), and another man found the Lord at a time of personal confusion (God Walks these dark hills) - www.alsdominion.co.uk/home/what-is-my-motivation