“Ills, Ails and Wails…”

There are several variations of the “TS” card seen around from years past. I’ve seen these spelled out as “Tuff Stuff” or “Tuff S**t” but both were a humorous way to discourage whining. Likely begun as a joke to give to Service Members who seemed to complain all the time, similar to the phrase, “tell it to the chaplain” instead of listening to the gripe. Most have a number of boxes that can be checked off or hole-punched, to indicate the number of visits to the chaplain (I’m not sure if the chaplain would no longer see that Service Member whose card got full!).

It seems that some chaplains picked up on these and used similar cards, perhaps the ones with “Tuff Stuff” instead of the alternative, then later “Theological Solutions,” to encourage Service Members to come and see them and also to advertise worship services. Below is a card used by chaplains at Spokane Army Air Field (sometime between the end of WW2 and 1950) which has similar encouragement to visit the chaplain on one side (with places for hole-punches) and worship service times on the other side for Catholics, Protestants and Jewish Service Members (author’s collection):

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About Daryl Densford

I am an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene serving as an active-duty Army Chaplain. I am currently the Chaplain Resource Manager at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

Posted on 10 November 2017, in Chaplaincy, History and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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