Current Issue Chaplain Kits
The current kit is the lightest and most portable to date. It comes in two nylon cases, though I combined mine into one case for ease of transport (a 200-round SAW pouch, for those interested). It comes with everything necessary to perform a worship service with the celebration of Communion.
As the uniform camouflage patterns have changed, so have the patterns on the chaplain kit carriers. Also, there are patterns to match the camouflage pattern of the different services. Here are a few of the patterns:
The earliest of this style was a solid green (author’s collection).
War in the desert created the need for the desert camouflage pattern (author’s collection).
Woodland pattern (author’s collection).
For the Air Force, there is the Digital Tiger Stripe Camouflage pattern (author’s collection).
Above is the current issue chaplain kit in the Woodland Camouflage pattern. Notice the cross is Protestant and Catholic (author’s collection).
Current issue Christian Chaplain kit with everything that is included but with the old-style olive drab cases. The cross is reversible for Protestant or Roman Catholic chaplains (Photo from the Army DLA website).
Ministry Extender kit for Roman Catholics. Designed for non-priests to lead Catholic worship (author’s collection).
Current-Issue Orthodox Chaplain Kit
Current-issue Muslim Chaplain Kit
Muslim chaplain kit on display at the U.S. Army Chaplain Museum, Fort Jackson, SC (photo: Daryl Densford).
Current-issue Jewish Chaplain Kit (This one isn’t mine, though I’ve got two of them in BDU carriers)