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Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Third Batallion. Platoons 308, 309, and 310.
([1954])

[Marine Corps Recruit Depot],   pp. [4]-[96] ff. PDF (43.3 MB)


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The chaplains at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot have a rare opportunity for a vital,
spiritual ministry. Most of the young men who arrive are in the formative stage, and the
chaplains have a chance to aid them, encouraging them to maintain and strengthen their
religious interests.
The work is fourfold: lead in worship, give religious instructions, conduct character guid-
ance lectures and counsel service personnel on their personal problems.
Soon after the arrival of the recruit at the Depot, he is given an opportunity to contact
the chaplain of his own faith who will acquaint him with the chaplain's role in the com-
mand and will explain the religious programs which will be available to him during recruit
training.
Regular divine services are conducted by the chaplains of all faiths, thus giving each man
an opportunity to worship in accordance with his religious background and present inclina-
tions. Attendance is entirely voluntary. Classes of religious instruction are held regularly for
those who desire to prepare themselves for Baptism, Confirmation or church membership.
Character guidance lectures are given by the chaplains as an integral part of recruit train-
ing. These are designed to foster the growth of moral responsibility, spiritual values and
strong self-discipline within the recruit.
In time of distress or personal emergency, the chaplains stand ready to give advice and
counsel, and the recruit is encouraged to take his personal problems to a chaplain of his
faith at any time. The chaplains also maintain close contact with the Navy Relief Society
and the American Red Cross in obtaining financial and other assistance for those in need.
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