I know. I didn't say you don't have to be a member of a church, I said there wasn't any reason that you should have to be a member of a church -- not for a position that is inherently neutral to any actual religion (since any Chaplain must be able to serve as a guide for any soldier, regardless of faith.)
Except that Chaplain is an inherently religious title? What you advocate in removing the requirement of graduate level theological studies is the complete dismantling of the Chaplain Corps.
Removing the requirement of ecclesiastical investiture removes the chaplain's protected status under the Law of War. Even if the chaplain is now a psychologist, a doctor, he must now attend combat training and carry a weapon. And those chaplains who are still clerics must do so too, in violation of their faith.
And since the Corps's is now secular, its motto, Pro Deo et Patria, must change, too.
Screw it, let's dress 'em black, give 'em big ass skull masks to attach to their helmets, and really nifty baseball bat with bald eagles and shit all over it.
Yeah, the last is ridiculous, but the first two are very real consequences.