That’s how John Dear, SJ, describes high school ROTC.
When I was in high school ROTC, I recall being taught military history, drill, first aid, map reading, and the use of the M1903 Springfield rifle (bolt action, single shot). Murder wasn’t in the syllabus.
He says it is “shocking and scandalous” that a priest would be a military chaplain in Iraq or West Point. He doesn’t want priests teaching ethics or morality.
The problem is not chaplains teaching ethics or morality–problems arise when they don’t teach these subjects.
Dear doesn’t just want individual Christians to be noncombatants, he wants to eliminate militaries and weapons from the world. Does he also want to eliminate police forces? As long as there is sin, there will be need for the use of force–and scripture says this is in accordance with God’s will (Romans 13). Christians may choose not to participate, but no where does Scripture call on Christians to seek to take away police and military powers from secular governments.