1. Chaplains offer 'ministry of presence' for deployed troops

    Chaplains offer 'ministry of presence' for deployed troops

    U.S. Chaplains offer 'ministry of presence' for deployed troops U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain (Maj.) Daniel Cho leads in prayer before a training exercise at Fort Knox, Ky., on March 15, 2018. NICOLE DYKSTRA/U.S. ARMY More By KELDA PHARRIS | American News, Aberdeen, S.D. | Published: May 26, 2018 The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps has been a military institution since the boots of men and women have stood ground and sacrificed ultimately for American values at their very conception.

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    1. The (U.S. Army) chaplain corps was established by the Continental Congress in 1775, predating the existence of the United States.
    2. What you have to receive is an ecclesiastical endorsement from a denomination.
    3. I never felt good about clergy being exempt from military service. We were sending all these young men, we should be going with them.
    4. If I was armed I wouldn't be a chaplain.
    5. So, we would tell (the other troops), 'Don't worry about me, Josh will worry about me.
    6. At the time I was a lieutenant and he was a specialist. He could and did determine on a regular basis whether I could or could not do things. I could pull rank, but I trusted his training.
    7. Every month before my drill unit has their weekend I'll get a haircut. Even though I have a beard, I still get my military haircut.
    8. We wore the uniform, we had rank without effectively being able to give orders -- rank without command. So you weren't the typical soldier, you were the advocates.
    9. This whole ministry of presence, just being there. The very fact you were there seemed to give relief and encouragement.
    10. I read so many Dear John letters. They had a shoulder to cry on when they were down whether it was from home or the battlefield.
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