Military Chaplaincy, Part 7

Our Work of the Chaplain passage for this episode is Proverbs 3:1-2 which says, “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.”

Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from Charles Kingsley. He said, “Some say that the age of chivalry is past, that the spirit of romance is dead. The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine book: “The Work of the Chaplain” by Naomi K. Paget and Janet R. McCormack.

Our topic today is: Military Chaplaincy (Part 7)

— Active Chaplaincy Duty

Like most military personnel, chaplains are based at a military installation. As an institution, an installation is in every way its own self-contained community. It has to provide for the needs of its nomadic population who move from assignment to assignment with little input in where or what that assignment will be. The installation has its own mayor (the commander) and various businesses, including those related to the specific military units of service (e.g., ships, airplanes, satellites, transportation). The base also has its own police and fire departments, shopping centers (commissaries and exchanges), housing, restaurants, social and recreational centers (e.g., clubs, golf courses, pools, theaters, libraries), medical and legal professional services, and in some locations, even schools. Navy ships, when deployed, are microcosms of this same community structure.