Posted on Mar 17, 2015
CH (CPT) William Beaver
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I am an Active Duty Army Chaplain. I want to be the best I can be. I truly care about people of all backgrounds and faiths - and those who profess no religion. I am Christian but I adhere also to the Chaplains directives in AR 1-65.

Help a guy out. What is one thing a Chaplain did in your life that was a positive? I want to be an effective, caring Chaplain and hearing from others how other Chaplains helped gives me a better understanding . If you had no positive experience with a Chaplain , that's ok. Feel free to be honest. But remember my mission here. To gain insight on how I can become an ever better Chaplain. This is not an open invitation to bash Chaplains. Currently, the media likes to highlight the few Chaplains acting with questionable motives or taste. You never hear of the vast majority of goodChaplains making differences in peoples' lives. But I want to hear that. So, here is your chance to tell me about your Chaplain and what worked for you. Thank you !
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS
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1) Be visible

2) Be available

3) Listen
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MAJ Deputy Director, Combat Casualty Care Research Program
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Listened.
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I completely agree with MAJ (Join to see). Also, this one time at Ranger School, the Chaplain gave us a whole loaf of bread for communion. Not to disrespect the sacrament, that was certainly merciful.
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CPT Logistics Officer (S4)
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Spend time with the troops, be 'one of the guys', make yourself available. The chaplains I have enjoyed getting to know the most were the ones that were willing to share their lives - like a friend. Even my husband who does not have a faith has only talked with 1 chaplain because he was hanging out with the troops and did not put his MOS or religion out front.

Thank you for seeking out ways to be a better chaplain. Good luck in your ministry.
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