National Guard Faces Shortage of Chaplains

Nationwide, 40 percent of the National Guard's chaplain vacancies remain unfulfilled. In response, the National Guard has increased incentives for chaplains and produced new recruitment materials, including "Courageous Spirit," a DVD targeting clergy who might consider joining up.

Michele Norris talks with Chaplain Major Timothy Baer, chief of specialty branch recruiting for the National Guard and a veteran of the Iraq war. Baer oversees training of chaplain recruiters for state National Guard units; he recently returned from a conference of chaplain recruiters at Fort Knox, Ky.

Baer says that Iowa, Texas, Washington, and states in the Northeast are all lacking sufficient numbers of National Guard chaplains.



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