Chaplains: Do they stand in the way of a service member getting the needed counseling they need?
Several years ago I had a troop who had “issues.” She and her husband had separated. He had actually hit her. She’d called the MPs and so on. He was sent to counseling. She wasn’t. He told the counselors and her that he’d never ever hit a women before.
Well, she ends up my troop. Before it’s all over with, I find myself doing everything I can to stop swing a punch at her chin. I succeed. I was taken aback at my actions. Fortunately, there was a good sized desk separating us.
Had it been a guy, I’d have decked him.
So I went to see a SGM I knew. He didn’t have a degree in psychology, but he did have on in Educational Psychology. And over 30 years experience in the military.
His recommendation after our talk was that she be sent to a counselor.
Well I went to the commander about it and he would only send her to see the chaplain.
Now, these guys are not counselors. They are trained to deal with religion and what have you.
Before it’s all over with, she’s charged with shoplifting in the Exchange.
The last thing I ever said to her was, “Sgt, you may now sign your Rights Warning Statement…”
I’ve seen this with other soldiers. Had one who came from an abusive environment. He was young, dumb and full of cum, but had good potential. But before it’s all over with, he’s kicked out of the service.
Are we doing our service members a dis-service by sending them to the Chaplains instead of professional counselors?
Or are we just being lazy?
What’s your take on this?