Today’s Chaplain Doesn’t Just Punch Your Ticket
This is a rather long article that appeared in Soldiers magazine, April 1974. It gives a picture of chaplain ministry as it was recognized during the Vietnam War, including issues like endorsers, quotas, minorities in the chaplaincy (women and blacks), education, roles and civilian vs. military clergy. It was highlighted on the cover, with the tagline, “Today’s Chaplain Doesn’t Just Punch Your Ticket.”
The Chaplain Today
Story and photos by SFC D. Mallicoat
Be shepherds of the flock of God that is among you, not as though you had to but of your own free will, not from motive of personal profit but freely, and not as domineering over those in your charge but proving yourselves models for the flock to imitate. -1 Peter 5:2-3, Williams Trans.
These words penned centuries ago could well serve as a guide for today’s Army chaplains. Voluntary personal involvement seems to be their credo. And with critics on every side, both within and without the church structure, the task becomes even more difficult. It takes a special breed of man or woman to accept such responsibility.
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Posted on 27 May 2016, in Chaplaincy, History and tagged 1 Peter 5:2-3, Armed Forces Chaplains Board, Arthur Carl Piepkorn, Chaplain (COL) Walter E. Casey, Chaplain (CPT) Aaron Michelson, Chaplain (CPT) John M. Allen, Chaplain (CPT) Lindell Anderson, Chaplain (CPT) Tom Bryon, Chaplain (LTC) Edward O. White, Chaplain (LTC) Richard Nybro, Chaplain (MAJ) Bernard L. Windmiller, Chaplain (MG) Gerhardt W. Hyatt, Chaplain Ministry, Chaplain Quotas, Chaplaincy, Christian Science Activities for Armed Forces Personnel, Dr. Charles Shelby Rooks, Dr. Chester A. Pennington, Dr. Clint Phillips, Family Life Center, Rabbi Aryeh Lev, Raymond McCranie, Rear Admiral James W. Kelly, Rockefeller Foundation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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