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National Guard Faces Shortage of Chaplains

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National Guard Faces Shortage of Chaplains

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National Guard Faces Shortage of Chaplains

National Guard Faces Shortage of Chaplains

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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.