No matter what unsettles our Sailors in the workplace, there is always someone they can talk to, someone who keeps their personal conversations confidential; someone who can advise them spiritually, mentally and emotionally; and someone who listens.


This certain individual is none other than our Navy Chaplain, and he or she is stationed at almost every command or installation and aboard many ships. The Chaplain Corps encompasses more than 800 members from more than 100 faith groups. They are here to advise commands to ensure the free exercise of religion, provide services to their own faith, facilitate the religious requirements for all belief systems, and care for all service members and their families, even those who subscribe to no religion specifically.


Chaplains are chosen by the Chaplain Accession and Retention Evaluation Board. This board selects qualified personnel who meet the educational requirements, have served in the ministry of their faith for two years, and desire to supply spiritual guidance and growth to our service members in the demanding and diverse vocation they have come to know.


Recently, NRD Phoenix raised the bar after gaining three applicants into the Chaplain Program. Two are active duty, and one joined the Chaplain Candidate Program (CCPO).


"Each point in the process was a step of faith," said Ens. Timothy Salomon, CCPO. "I'm also thankful for the recruiters for preparing me for the rigor of the process, reminding me along the way about the impact that I could have through Navy Chaplain ministry."


A chaplain's service should promote growth of the overall moral climate in the workplace. They should take the time to get to know the people and strive to understand how they can help support them.


"Each person is on a different path in life," said Lt. j.g. Gary Monroe. "I expect to search for common ground and find ways to encourage, assist and learn from every person I meet."


The virtues and morals that most faith groups teach positively affect the Navy, and it's a good thing to have chaplains to facilitate a number of religious services for our service members' benefit.


"I now have the opportunity to point Marines and Sailors to something greater than even the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps - to God Himself," said Lt. j.g. Zachary Vaughan.


These spiritual mentors can assist Sailors toward their spiritual endeavors.


"My hope is that I get to share my faith stories to help people through their darkest hours and that they too can rest in the strength and confidence of a life with God," said Saloman.


For more information about the Navy's Chaplain Corps, visit https://wwwfacebook.com/navychaplain/ or start a chat with a recruiter at https://www.navy.com/navy/chat.html.



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