A newly assigned person to the unit.
New soldiers need to "start off on the right foot" and
could use a friendly visit, show them that the UMT cares.
If the chaplain directs you to visit a person.
He may see people that you could better minister to first
He could divide the visitation of a unit between members of
the UMT for better coverage.
Whatever the reason for conducting the visit, before you proceed, you must
do the following:
Coordinate the visit by securing the chaplain's approval. He may
give you visitation approval on a case by case basis or only in
certain circumstances. For example:
The chaplain may not give his approval at all if he does
responsibility of visitation, due to lack of:
You could however, receive a blanket approval to visit any
time you see the need, as your chaplain may trust your
Receive a pre-visit briefing from the chaplain. He will give you
some helpful hints on what to watch out for and what to do or not
to do. He may also provide a little background information if it
Determine the person's willingness to receive a visit.
Your initial contact with the soldier will tell you whether the person
is willing for you to stay and make the visit now or at a later time.
Remember, the person being visited must indicate a willingness to
receive a visit.
don't push yourself on them but instead, politely recede and assure
them that the UMT is available whenever they desire.
Arrange a time, date, and place with the person being visited.
When you make contact with the soldier, try to arrange a time, date,
and place for the visit to be conducted, that is convenient and
comfortable to the soldier. Quite often this could be, "right now...
where we are."
It could also be later, at his house, the barracks,
the snack bar, dining facility recreation center, wherever he is