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Seth Kendrick

Joining The Navy

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After a great amount of thought and prayer I have decided that I am being called to Join our great Navy. I have three years until that point in my life, but in that time I need to get in shape. Please pray that I stay committed to this path, it will take work on my part, but knowing that people are praying is encouraging.

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Wow! That's an awesome decision, Seth. What do your parents think? My mom and dad were in the Navy. That's where they met. She was a secretary and he played the trombone in the Navy band, so he never saw any action. This was in the early '40s. ;) If this is your calling, I pray God's blessings on you as you aspire to meet the call. :D

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Lynnmosher, my parents are very supportive. I am going in as a Religious Program Specialist. I would basically protect the Chaplain in combat situations. I will go to boot camp for 8 weeks, and then I will go to chaplain school for another 8 weeks and then I will go to Marine Corps combat training for another 5 weeks. I'm excited to serve my God, and my country.

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Oh, my! Seth, that actually brings me to tears. You are such an unusual and precious young man. Your parents have raised you well. Their buttons must be popping! That all sounds so wonderful. Oh, that this ol' world had more young men like you! (I think I'd better go blow my nose now.) May the Lord truly bless you. :D

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Lynnmosher, I need you to remember that I am imperfect. I fail just as much as anyone else. I do not want you to think so highly of me. I have let sin overtake me before, and I destroyed people's lives. I am the broken, I fall short so Christ bleeds for me. Please think of me as normal.

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Oh, I understand, Seth. It's just that there are so few young men these days that have a heart like David did. He was imperfect as well. We all are. It's the desire and focus of the heart that tells the character of a man...or woman. :D

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Thank you so much Lynn. I haven't been compared to David since my friend got deployed. He always said (he always exaggerated) that people ought not mess with me because I was a lion. My teeth and claws are quite frightening to the enemy in the shadows. I fight with the word, and I live by it, but that does not mean I am great or good. Even Billy Graham was not great or good. He did good things, and his influence was great, but in reality it was God who was the Good King, and the Great creator. God is the only good being to exist. I am a man, therefore evil resides in my heart. All who draw breath on this Earth were created in the image of God, he has a piece of himself in each of us. That piece of God influenced me to find more of the father, and now I allow him to do his work through me. I urge you as Paul urged those in Corinth, do  not praise me, a lowly man, but he who created this lowly man. I am not a man with the heart of David, but a man with a heart after God's.

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I'll also keep prayers for you as I frequently do for all our service members. Based on what you've posted here I'm confident God will use you for good. 

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Seth: I am fairly new to this group. My husband was in the Navy back in the 1960's. I have friends at my church who met and married in the Navy. They have a son who is on his second enlistment. His first enlistment was spent on a submarine. Their oldest daughter is in the Navy Reserves. She attended boot camp and then a specialized Navy school for her occupation specialty. Their youngest daughter has voiced that she would like to be a doctor in the Navy. I will add your name to my prayer list. 

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Seth, my prayers are with you. Ever conscious of my own failure and unrighteousness, I appropriate that of my Lord and Redeemer, Jesus Christ the Righteous.

 

Meanwhile, I'm stealing your prospective duty for a character. I drafted his mentor into the Navy and had them use chaplaincy to promote him to lieutenant commander and I needed a combat specialist to keep him alive in Northern Iraq. So that specialty really does exist? Maybe not during/after Desert Storm but I recently renewed my artistic license and I can put a happy little tree in any plausible context.

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  Harker is a Ph.D. candidate in Biblical Archeology, and a Vietnam vet ( Navy medical corpsman assigned to a Marine unit). When he is reactivated to lead a team to recover the Herodian Plates, the Navy bypasses normal channels to use the chaplaincy to promote him to Lieutenant Commander.

 

I considered that a SEAL team could be assigned with him, but that was overkill, like the good guys bringing a gun to a sword fight. So, now with just one RP he can trust, a "native guide" with her own agenda,  and mercenaries, he heads deep into Northern Iraq...

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EClayRowe, I have a suggestion. The RPs are generally just armed Chaplains. A regular Chaplain is a non-combatant, therefore because of the rules of war, they are not allowed to carry weapons of any sort, RPs are combatants, and because of this they can carry weapons and protect the Chaplain. Most commonly, RPs are petty officers. So use this information to create your characters. Also try to learn some military terms. When a vet is not active duty, and his branch calls for his service, he is reenlisted not reactivated.

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