Number of Chaplains Serving in the Military Continues to Decline

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New numbers out now are showing there are fewer priests who are spiritually serving men and women in the military.

The number of active-duty Catholic chaplains has dropped by half in the last 25 years, according to the archdiocese of military services.

There are currently 190 priests serving, but back in 2001, there were over 400 chaplains helping the military.

Currents news spoke to the vocations director for the Archdiocese of Military Service, Father Marcel Taillon, about the drop in chaplains.

He said one reason for the drop is a greater need than most dioceses.

Any priest who wants to become a military chaplain will have to apply through the Diocese of Brooklyn to do so.