Published: November 17, 2012
Training Arms Chaplains With Spiritual, Survival Skills
By Capt. Audrey Matthews, 177th Armored Brigade
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. - Instead of weapons, Chaplains carry their religious beliefs when they deploy. But even a Chaplain needs to know how to defend them self against a personal attack.
While deployed, unit ministry teams work hard to provide spiritual guidance and increase Soldiers resilience. Members of First Army Division East walk a fine line when providing deploying unit ministry teams mobilization training. They must ensure they not only can provide their pastoral duties, but also survive on the battlefield.
Since Chaplains are non-combatants - they don't carry weapons - their security normally falls to their assistants.
During recent training with the 1-104th Calvary and 1-109th Infantry Battalions, both of the 55th Brigade Combat Team, a Pennsylvania National Guard unit, the units' UMTs not only received their classroom instructions on providing pastoral care to Soldiers down range but were also introduced to hands-on survivability techniques.
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