The Comprehensive Female Soldier Support Model


Women represent a small minority in the U.S. military and an

even smaller minority in the military chaplaincy. Prior to this

study, the U.S. Army chaplaincy did not have a gender-specific

model for providing support to women soldiers. In this Delphi

research project, wounded women soldiers and female military

chaplains provided expert opinions to develop the comprehensive

female soldier support model (CFS2). Ten military women and 11

female chaplains who had been deployed overseas contributed to

the body of knowledge related to the understanding of the

emotional and spiritual support needs of wounded female soldiers.

Five key findings appeared in the study: (a) many women did not

get the chaplain support they needed; (b) the gender of the

chaplain was not significant; (c) the attitude of the chaplain was

critical; (d) chaplain skills not found in literature were identified;

and (e) the comprehensive female soldier support model was


This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Daniel L. Roberts
Joann Kovacich
Melvin Rivers
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Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy
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