This is an ad I found while perusing through a Christian magazine. Considering the source, I am not surprised by the symbolism used...there is obviously a Christian cross and bible being used by the soldier. The text is what is interesting to me. It reads:
"As a chaplain in the Navy, you'll find limitless ways to employ your faith and you guide thousands of dedicated men and women who serve our nation. Think of it as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to serve your God, your nation, and your beliefs. To learn more about full-time or part-time opportunities, call 1-800-USA-NAVY or visit Navy.com."
What blatant proof that there is promotion of Christianity over other religions (or non-religion) in the military. Your god and your beliefs? This calls for evangelizing, plain and simple. What about the dedicated non-christian men and women who serve our nation? Is this a call to convert their sad souls? Why would I, as a taxpaying U.S. citizen, want to help pay the salary of someone who is proselytizing while working in a government setting. It violates separation of church and state. The goal of the chaplain should be to help the soldier according to the soldier's own belief system, whether that be Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Wicca, or any other choice, including the non-belief of atheism.
Perhaps there are corresponding ads in magazines of other religions, I don't know. I'd like to see a Muslim, with the Quran in hand and star and crescent symbols in the photo, with the same text underneath. I bet that doesn't exist.