If you are among today’s 1.8 million U.S. military personnel [236,500 officers; 1,139,100 enlisted; 12,700 cadets- midshipmen], then welcome home.
Military personnel- officers and enlisted, active duty and retired, from every branch of service- speak candidly of their quest to balance “the needs of the Army” (or Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Merchant Marines, Coast Guard) with the will of God.
Chaplains of many faiths, all of whom minister to Catholics in the military, are challenged by an acquisition process in need of reform.
One spoke of his $250 quarterly budget for religious supplies while stationed at a major Marine Corps base. Another chaplain wrote of his frustration with the acquisitions process itself- requests for religious supplies travelling up and down the chain of command for more than a year, only to be denied one week prior to rotating out to his next assignment.
Providing an effective means to supply chaplains with Catholic resources is one reason Mission Capodanno was formed. Read More…