Non-religious pastoral care in the armed forces

It is not uncommon for those serving in the military to deal with a range of difficult experiences and complex emotions, such as a sense of loss and bereavement.

Service personnel, both current and retired, therefore often want or need pastoral support when processing the reality of conflict zones, and the complications that come with returning home.

Given that it is currently estimated that between 25% and 51% of people in the UK are non-religious, it is of great importance to supply the armed forces with non-religious pastoral support. Humanist Care seeks to provide soldiers and other military personnel with support which echoes their beliefs and convictions, by putting trained, non-religious people in contact with those in need of pastoral care.