PART C - SELECT VESTMENTS USED FOR A COLLECTIVE PROTESTANT SERVICE
Protestant chaplains are allowed much latitude in selecting the vestments, if any, that they will wear at
Some may elect to wear just their uniform or civilian attire. Others choose to wear a robe and scarf.
Still others may choose to wear a complete set exactly like or similar to those of the Catholic distinct
faith group. In this part, the vestments most commonly worn by Protestant chaplains will be presented.
Your responsibility to prepare, layout, and care for the garments was outlined in lesson one.
Vestments Worn by a Protestant Chaplain.
The vestments worn by a protestant Chaplain are listed below and shown in Figure 2-3.
The cleric's robe (usually black) is the most common Protestant vestment worn during
services. It is loose and flowing with wide sleeves and can be worn over a white civilian shirt
or a uniform.
The stole may be worn with the robe. It is liturgically colored and usually bears some
religious symbol. The color of the stole will match the color of the altar frontal and both
The Army Christian chaplain's scarf (black, embroidered with eagles and crosses) may be
worn with the uniform or robe.
The cassock is worn by the clergy in some liturgical protestant denominations. The cassock
is a fitted, black garment, buttoning all the way to the bottom, with tight sleeves and a Roman-
The surplice is worn over the cassock. It is a mid-length, poncho-like, white linen vestment,
pleated toward the neck. When the cassock and surplice are worn, a liturgically colored stole
may be worn.