Unit Ministry Team Religious Support to Casualties on the Airland Battlefield
Final rept. Dec 1983-Oct 1987
ARMY CHAPLAINS CENTER AND SCHOOL FORT MONMOUTH NJ
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The study was designed to define Unit Ministry Team ministry to casualties, assess Unit Ministry Team support in doctrine and training, determine the scope of Unit Ministry Team support requirements, identify Unit Ministry Team capabilities, evaluate the role and the function of the chaplain assistant in religious support to casualties, and identify changes required in doctrine, organization, operational concepts, and training to correct deficiencies. Findings are based upon extensive search of civilian and military literature which references religious support provided to casualties, upon responses to questionnaires sent to division chaplains assigned to hospitals in Vietnam, and upon insights provided by a Subject Matter Expert Panel. Deficiencies include lack of capabilities to locate and move to casualty treatment locations, inadequate abilities to provide coordinated ministry in mass casualty situations, inadequate ability to function in contaminated environments, lack of manpower requirement criteria for assigning Unit Ministry Teams to medical treatment facilities, and inadequate ability to provide distinctive religious group ministrations. The study emphasizes spiritual, theological, ethical, and psychological preparedness for combat ministry to casualties to essential to providing adequate religious support to casualties on the AirLand battlefield.
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