Muslims in Military Are Underserved

March 11, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 11, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "Islam is the fastest growing major religion in the military...Yet there there are only 10 Muslim chaplains for a population that the military estimates at 4,140, and that Muslims estimate at more than 10,000...Muslims say they face special challenges in the military, not only because of their particular dietary regulations and their requirement for frequent prayer, but also because they are unfamiliar to many in military leadership." The military is trying to train more Muslim chaplains.