Faith in Combat

A look at the religious makeup of the U.S. armed forces. Plus: Religious resources for the military and their families.

Religions of service members in the U.S. armed forces, according to the Department of Defense Manpower Data Center.



ReligionArmyAir ForceNavy/Marines
Protestant 194,594152,226226,442
Catholic99,66685,657128,305
Muslim1,9887601,410
Jewish1,4131,0271,548
Orthodox397587506
Buddhist885 5411,093
Hindu158115164
Other50,754 7,547 3,455
No stated preference 120,471 102,104 131,551


Source: Religion Newswriters Association

Related Links:
  • Religion in the Military Discussions
  • Military Chaplains' Association
  • Circle Sanctuary's Ministry to Military Personnel
  • Interviews with Military Chaplains
  • Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.
  • Catholic War Veterans of the U.S.
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