MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Navy Recruiting Command (NRC) hosted Rear Adm. Margaret Grun Kibben, chief of Navy chaplains, in a visit to Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South Aug. 25.
During her visit, Kibben met with several members of NRC including eight Chaplain Corps program officers to discuss the status of recruiting, the chaplain candidate program, and the new program authorizations for chaplain applicants.
"Visits like this ensure we're on the same page when it comes to recruiting highly qualified religious ministry professionals to help us meet the diverse religious and spiritual needs of our people," Kibben said. "Our new program qualifications have clearly raised the bar in terms of the leadership skills and education we're after in our applicants."
The Chaplain Corps' program officers are spread across the U.S. currently looking for workforce clergy from various faith groups and traditions who are interested in diverse and unique opportunities for ministry.
Prospective chaplains must be ready to serve in a religiously diverse and institutional environment and to minister outside of conventional settings.
"As chaplains, we provide religious support to service members and families of our own faith group, and we also facilitate religious support to service members and families of other faith groups," said Capt. Fred McGuffin, senior Chaplain Corps recruiter and command chaplain for NRC.
"The more diverse we are as a Chaplain Corps, the better positioned we are to meet the diverse religious and spiritual needs of our people. When a service member connects with a chaplain, whether it's from their particular faith tradition or not, it helps affirm that one can be a person of faith serving God while serving in the Navy," he added.
The Chief of Chaplains expressed how thankful she was for the opportunity to meet with the chaplain program officers and discuss chaplain recruiting.
"These chaplains play a key role in helping the Chaplain Corps meet our mission, and we must celebrate their successful recruiting efforts over the past year," said Kibben.
Are you discerning a call to serve as a Navy chaplain? Visit: http://www.navy.com/careers/chaplain-support/chaplain.html for more information and to connect with a recruiter.
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