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reported "struggles with key aspects of their faith and church" due to the stresses of their chaplain's role. "Our identity as representatives of a holy God is tested in the crucible of the horrors of war," Sugg said. "We see human suffering and human madness at their extremes and try as we will to intercede on behalf of a holy God, and using every bit of effort, strategy and sanity we possess, sometimes bad things still happen. I believe chaplains struggle more than most with failure. But it is not failure of an applied tactic or strategy; it is a failure of identity." Additionally, some participants in the study reported feeling "abandoned" by their church, which exemplifies the issues many chaplains face of balancing a home congregation with service as an RC chaplain. At-home congregations can feel abandoned during deployments or often feel their pastor is split between two worlds, translating to ill will toward a chaplain. Sugg points to command structure as another big contributor to operational stress in chaplains. "Chaplains are placed in the most brutal of positions within the command structure," said Sugg, who struggles with depression and anxiety issues that operational stresses caused him. "Our No. 1 responsibility is to advise command of right behavior in society. What happens when command doesn't want to take our advice? How does an Army chaplain report the commander who signs the chaplain's performance report? What happens when a chaplain has to report another chaplain for participating in unethical behavior?" Chaplains also deal with complexities that most other RC service members face, including balancing a civilian job with the military, having less support than active duty service members receive and less training readiness for their role, organizational constraints and transitional issues. They face all this while helping others on a daily basis-and do it gladly. "The good thing is most chaplains are superb," Sugg said. "They love God and they love people. I loved having the privilege to take care of God's people." Finding Strength From Others "Demands on the chaplain are numerous and busy," said retired Chaplain (Col.) Sherman Reed, who finished his service in the Army Reserve and was appointed the national chaplain of the Reserve Officers' Association in 2013. "The tasks are more demanding than the time to do them. You're going to feel drained and fulfilled. It's more than a job, but a calling. You have to be prepared; you've got to have any issues in your personal life in order, so you can focus on your role as a chaplain." "The good thing is most chaplains are superb. They love God and they love people. I loved having the privilege to take care of God's people." - RETIRED U.S. AIR FORCE CHAPLAIN ROBERT SUGG Along with building in time for spiritual and physical care, Johnson, Sugg and Reed point to the importance of chaplains forming solid, trusted relationships to ensure they have a way to decompress from the stresses of their role. "My primary resource is God, then my family-my wife is my best friend-and then my fellow chaplains," Johnson said. "As it says in Genesis, 'It is not good that the man should be alone.' You need to stay connected and have lifelines." Sugg agreed. "When I was emotionally and psychologically on the sidelines, my wife was my guard dog," he said. "Invest in your spouse and family. When you are in crisis . . . they are all you have." Sugg also suggested that chaplains find a mentor or "pay for a rent-a-friend," a pastoral counselor outside the chain of command before "you get your eggs fried." "You have to do some self-examination," Reed said. "For chaplains, that depends on prayer and mental understanding and nourishment of the soul." But, with only an informal system to catch their own signs of stress and a continued fear that seeking help is a sign of weakness in their role as a counselor, military chaplains such as Apollos likely will continue to fall through the cracks. The result will be the loss of a critical resource in helping service members who are in crisis. Janine Boldrin is a Tennessee-based freelance journalist who is a regular contributor to The Officer. She is married to an active-duty Army officer. THE OFFICER / FALL 2016 29

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Officer - Fall 2016

ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
OPENING SHOTS
FEEDBACK
CAPITOL HILL CONNECTION
HEARING THE VOICE OF THE RESERVE COMPONENT
WHAT IT MEANS TO ‘FIGHT’ FOR RESERVISTS
HEALTH CARE REFORM
SERVICE MEMBERS LAW CENTER
THE MILLENNIAL RESERVIST
CARING FOR THE CAREGIVERS
ATTEN-SHUN!
SERVICE MEMBERS’ MENTAL HEALTH IS CRITICAL TO READINESS
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD RESERVE
NATIONAL SECURITY REPORT
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF, NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU
OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS (M & RA)
ARMY RESERVE
MARINE FORCES RESERVE
NAVY RESERVE
COAST GUARD RESERVE
AIR FORCE RESERVE
RESERVE LIFE
2016 ROA NATIONAL CONVENTION
PROUD TO SERVE
DEPARTMENT AND CHAPTER NEWS
BOOK REVIEWS
STARS FOUNDATION PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN SUPPORTING RESERVISTS
HELPING DEPLOYED RESERVISTS’ CHILDREN SUCCEED AT SCHOOL
STARS INDUSTRY NEWS
USAA’S CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY GOES ABOVE FOR THOSE WHO GO BEYOND
UNITED CONCORDIA’S ACTIVE DUTY DENTAL PROGRAM HELPS PREPARE RESERVE AND GUARD FOR EARLY ACTIVATION
BOEING’S C-40A CLIPPER JET BRINGS POWER AND SAVINGS TO THE NAVY
STARS BRIEFS
SALVO
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - FEEDBACK
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - HEARING THE VOICE OF THE RESERVE COMPONENT
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - WHAT IT MEANS TO ‘FIGHT’ FOR RESERVISTS
The Officer - Fall 2016 - HEALTH CARE REFORM
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - SERVICE MEMBERS LAW CENTER
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - OFFICE OF THE CHIEF, NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - MARINE FORCES RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - NAVY RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - COAST GUARD RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - AIR FORCE RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - 2016 ROA NATIONAL CONVENTION
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - PROUD TO SERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - DEPARTMENT AND CHAPTER NEWS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - BOOK REVIEWS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - STARS FOUNDATION PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN SUPPORTING RESERVISTS
The Officer - Fall 2016 - HELPING DEPLOYED RESERVISTS’ CHILDREN SUCCEED AT SCHOOL
The Officer - Fall 2016 - USAA’S CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY GOES ABOVE FOR THOSE WHO GO BEYOND
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - UNITED CONCORDIA’S ACTIVE DUTY DENTAL PROGRAM HELPS PREPARE RESERVE AND GUARD FOR EARLY ACTIVATION
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - STARS BRIEFS
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