The garrison Catholic chaplain invited us to his residence for a nice meal and fellowship. The informal event was meant to introduce the priests who were attending CHBOLC with other military priests (Army & Navy) who were assigned in and around Fort Jackson. It was a wonderful occasion to meet and share stories with the veterans. It was also a nice break from the demands of army chaplain training.
As chaplains, we are classified by the Geneva Convention as non-combatants. In order to not jeopardize that category, the US Army Chief of Chaplains mandated that chaplains should not be carrying weapons of any kind. It then falls on our Chaplain Assistants (56M) to be our “bodyguards” and security when we do ministry out in the field, especially in the battle zones. It is an immense blessing when your 56M is qualified and proficient with his or her weapon.