Skip to comments.Do Mormons serve in the Military?
Posted on 03/10/2012 9:48:43 PM PST by 3boysdad
Just curious. I'm sure they do. I served for over 5 years and don't remember encountering any Mormons in the time I served.
I personally know and know of several Mormons who have served in the armed forces of the USA. They are very patriotic people in general.
A quick google seems to indicate that they make up about 1.5% of the military, while comprising 1.7% of the general population.
Yes. Many Mormons serve in the military, all branches. Here’s a few more well known ones.
Some do. Many don’t. Most of the Mormons I knew in the military were either converts while in the military or ‘jack mormons’ not active ones. A big part of this is because the average age of joining the Military is 18-22 and active Mormon men are expected to serve an LDS mission from the ages of 19-21.
I have yet to personally meet a Mormon who joined the military after serving his LDS mission. However, I have pinged an ex-mo who might have some insight and 2 never Mormons who were in the Air Force for many years.
Romneys don’t. See tagline.
Yeah, but are they ‘active’ Temple Mormons? Probably not.
Statistically, there were increases in Mormon men serving Missions during WWII and Vietnam since they could get draft exemptions. That is what Romney did. Anything to avoid the draft.
My brother is an active Temple Mormon, he is a captain in the U.S. Navy.
Did you read the list? Some of these guys are General Authorities and High Councilmen. I’m not sure where you’re trying to go with this, but it’s way off base.
My father was a very active temple Mormon, and he was active duty.
There were 2 mormons in my Army unit,one did not seem very serious about it, the other found Jesus, married a cajun girl and joined a Baptist church. My impression is that for every active mormon there is at least one former LDS. I go to an evangelical church in Colorado, and we have several former mormons in our congregation.
I had a Mormon Army buddy in Viet Nam. He was a great guy and at the time was quite a partier or “Jack” Mormon.
Thanks to your brother for his service!
Also, the LDS Church has an ongoing program to help it’s members serving in the military. There’s even a program for LDS military chaplains. A few resources here:
In the case of my brother, he served a mission, then went to BYU and was involved in an ROTC program there, then he joined the Navy as a junior officer, eventually being promoted to Captain, his current rank. I’m not a ‘temple Mormon,’ but he still is.
I have a son who served a mission and has been in the Air Force for 20 years. He is an “Active Temple Mormon”.
He served one tour in Kuwait and two tours in Iraq as a
Weapons Director. He also served two tours in Korea.
He just returned from Korea.
Many of the General Authorities in the Church have a Military background.
My family has had 8 members serve in the military from WWII, Korea, the Cold War and Vietnam. They were my Brothers and a Sister.
My experience as well. I think it is telling given that this country was not founded on mormonism. I'm sure there have been mormons that have served, but I doubt the ratio even compares on an equivalent basis to the descendants of Christian founders of this once great country.
I knew several Mormons in the ‘Corps. All infantry.
great info. I wondered this too..
And thank you and your family for your service to our country.
Excellent point. Which is why I created the post.
Was he born in the church or a convert? Did he serve an LDS mission at age 19?
Yes, they do,
but NOT the Romney’s.
And I’ll be praying for your brother that he comes out of the darkness and into the light of Christ.
It is very unsual is what I am getting at and during the draft a lot of Mormons didn’t serve esp if they could get a draft exemption. Romney is proof.
He was born in the church, and served an LDS mission when he was 19.
Did you serve a mission before you joined the Army?
Even more unusual. It isn’t as common as it is with other groups.
“And Ill be praying for your brother that he comes out of the darkness and into the light of Christ.”
Well, whether I agree with you, I do appreciate your kind thoughts regarding the well-being of his soul.
“the other found Jesus, married a cajun girl and joined a Baptist church.”
No disrespect to anyone, but there is a good song in that story, somewhere.
Three of my Brothers were drafted. Two were married and it destroyed one marriage, and the other four years older than me almost starved with his wife.
I and my younger brothers joined to avoid the draft when we would have been drafted after we were married.
My son joined after serving a mission and the draft had ended.
I didn’t but my youngest brother did.
Also my wife’s brother served in the Air Force after serving a mission.
There are many who join after serving a mission.
Some do. Romneys don't. Never have; probably never will.
Perhaps his serving a mission then going into the military is a bit out of the ordinary, statistically. Interestingly, BYU currently has ROTC programs for Army and Air Force, but does not now have an ROTC program for the Navy, and I’m not sure why. My brother graduated from BYU in the 80s, and there was a Navy ROTC program at that time, although I don’t know if it was on campus. I’m not sure when it was discontinued.
Hmmmm... well there you go. Mormons defeated the Nazi’s from all their service. So I’m wondering, if a mormon became President how would it be any different than the muslim we have now? I wonder about that. What exactly do mormons stand for? Do mormons revere Isreal as the true residence of the Holy of Holies, or does the “temple” in SLC trump that? What does it mean to be a “temple mormon” anyway? Do you get special pajamas? Are mormons, in general, required support Mittens?
We believe in Honoring Sustaining and Upholding the law of the land. Church members in general desire that the Constitution be followed. The Church does not advocate violating laws in the name of the Church.
There are some like Harry Reid who do not believe the same as the Church in general.
We believe that Israel is dedicated to the return of the Jews.
We believe that Christ's temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem
There is no designation of “Temple Mormons” in the Church.
That is someones description of active members who attend Temple Worship. I used the term because someone asked a question, and it was easier to use his term to describe myself as an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The official church policy is that we should be active in political and civic affairs.
The Church does not advocate for, or endorse individuals or partys.
Political subjects cannot be advocated from the Pulpit.
Personally I would rather have Palin or Cain as president.
I am not if favor of Romney because he is a North-East Liberal like a lot of other RINO politicians.
I also opposed Harry Ried for re-election.
Being a member of the Church is not as important as following the Constitution.
Being a member of the Church is a personal decision and not for telling others what to believe or do.
My Wife and I attended a session in the Salt Lake Temple last week.
The Church has BYU studies in Israel, but does not have a Missionary effort there. The Church does not Proselytize in Israel at this time.
Thank you. You’ve been more than gracious in yor replies. My appologies for playing the role of “prick”.
Sometimes people need to be “pricked”.
I could tell you were serious in your queries.
Why do people clog up Free Republic with stupid posts instead of just doing a Google search?
Just a guess, because Google doesn't post back and ask them why they didn't check Bing?
a lot of LDS missionaries learn exotic languages and are very valuable in the military intelligence because of their knowledge of third world countries.
Yes, I have two friends who are norman who served with me.
Yes, I have two friends who are norman who served with me.
What, they were both named "Norman?"
So you knew two Mormon corpsmen named "Norman?"
Reference to a schtick by Bill Daley in the old "Bob Newhart Show."
Heck yes. I served with several in Special Forces. 19th Group has a bunch....