Throughout my military career, I have always noticed that the Army Chaplain has been a man of the utmost respect and admiration. Army Chaplains support Commanders by giving religious and spiritual leadership. They do so by facilitating the practice of faith and spirituality by providing services, sacraments, rites and, in my opinion the greatest service….their attention and advice.
The Chaplain’s Program basically centers around two objectives: Supporting the First Amendment and Serving Soldiers, Families, the Army and the Nation. In support of those two objectives, Chaplin’s execute certain supporting functions and other tasks. One example is providing religious support and consultation to Commanders. Doing so, Chaplains ensure that Soldiers and families receive the care and moral, ethical and spiritual support they need. Policy and structure within the Chaplin Corps ensures that Soldiers and their families receive the facilities, equipment, money, outreach, programs, etc. that support their religious and spiritual initiatives. Again, all policy, structure, advice and religious support are centric around providing the Army with First Amendment protection and Service to Soldiers.
Additionally, Chaplains are specialized corps which carries out very specialized duties. Among these duties are listening, encouraging, guiding, modeling, enriching, strengthening, teaching and sustaining Soldiers, leaders and families. Chaplains are more than just a symbol of spiritual comfort within our Units. Despite the numerous religious backgrounds that make up our Army, Chaplains share a common bond which is the vitality of religious faith and an abiding commitment of service to Soldiers. Next time you see you Chaplain, make sure you stop and thank them for all they do!