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The road to the military chaplaincy: From the Washington Navy Yard to Liberty Univeristy.
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By Midshipman Maye
May 28, 2016

The Sea Cadets is where I got my love and admiration for our service members and their families. It all started back in October 1999, when I was introduced as a league cadet to the opportunities the program would later offer me. Trips to Naval Station Norfolk during the summer were routine and piping aboard Flag Officers for visits to our space was frequent, but one visit set my eye on the military chaplaincy. It was the summer of 2009 when we spent the weekend down in Norfolk on the Theodore Roosevelt as guest to the Command Chaplain who was one of the parents of two of our cadets. I watched him do ministry throughout that week and fell in love. It was at that moment I finally understood what my former Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Marine Corps Recruiting Station where I came from was saying by giving me the chance to stop running from my calling back in 2006. Fast forward to May 14, 2016, I earned my Masters in Divinity, which is one step in the process to become a reserve military chaplain. I'm excited to continue that process and to see what other support I can give to our cadets to ensure they have better success stories then I.

 

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