Army chaplain

Being an army chaplain is a great privilege, to talk to young soldiers, especially those between 18 and 21, who will tell you things that they would not normally talk to a minister about.

For soldiers, death can come swiftly and not just on operations. One of the greatest privileges I have had in my time as an army chaplain, came when I was serving with the UN force in Cyprus in 2007. It was the 25th anniversary of the Falklands campaign which, because of the sensitive nature of the operation, any commemorations had to be handled carefully. It was agreed that a service would take place in the autumn, as a service of remembrance of the dead of both sides, which was well attended and greatly appreciated by all who attended.

There are many times within army chaplaincy that great sensitivity is required, to help and support all those you come into contact with.

Roy Burley
Army chaplain