The military chaplains. Shocker, I know, coming from me. Coming from me, but I do respect these people who are going to war to carry the burdens of the soldiers. God bless them!
The summer sun beats down on camouflaged Kevlar helmets. Weighed down by heavy body armor, men and women of the cloth are crawling through sand, under barbed wire and learning how to run with soldiers.
Explosions in woods simulate the battlefield as an instructor barks commands.
“You are not following simple instructions! Cover me while I move! Got you covered! Let’s go!”
This is the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where the Army trains clergy of all faiths how to survive in combat.
Once many of these chaplains complete this modified basic training they will head to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, where the explosions and gunfire are not simulated. (here)
From the OC, on Twitter.
I don’t support the wars, but I do pray for the safety and well-being of those in the front-lines.
- Catholic military archdiocese sees rise in priestly vocations (onecatholicnews.wordpress.com)
- Happy Birthday US Chaplain Corps! (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- USD-South Chaplain’s Inspiration, 03AUG2011 (chaplainjcraigcombs.wordpress.com)
- PFC Zach Smith: Called to Service, Calls for Ducks (waronterrornews.typepad.com)