Activities for the Armed Services

Those expecting to enter the Armed Forces should make advanced preparation. Such is the advice of the Field workers—the Chaplains, Ministers, and Representatives—of Christian Science Activities for the Armed Services. These people report that as a general rule, the military personnel who prepared themselves before going on active duty adjusted to service life more quickly and performed their duties better than those who made no preparation.

How may one prepare himself for military service? Several courses of action are open. The first is to have interviews with the branch church armed services committee or with a Sunday School teacher. Such interviews will help to lay a solid moral and spiritual foundation for service in the Armed Forces. Also, by visiting military installations young people are able to see living conditions there and to observe daily routines, training programs, and facilities for off-duty recreation and for church attendance. Valuable information on the Armed Forces is found in books in public libraries.

One's attitude toward one's military obligation is of primary importance. One should think of it as an opportunity to serve his country and his fellowmen and to demonstrate God's presence and power, and not as wasted time or a delay in his career, Isaiah wrote (43:10), "Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord." And the Christian Scientist can bear witness to God in the Armed Forces as definitely as he can in a business or a profession. In fact, when he keeps this high goal in mind, he will allow nothing to prevent him from being a witness at all times and under all circumstances.

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January 11, 1964

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