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Military Life

139 EpisodesProduced by Beck RaynerWebsite

Welcome to the Military Life Podcast- a podcast telling the stories of everyday Australian Military partners.Listen in to hear from others who are living this military life (Defence Life), juggling all the things on the daily, just like you and I. Let's connect and support each other by telling our … read more


117.Defence Chaplains

In this week's podcast episode, I talk to Navy Chaplain Jenny Schleusener about the role of Chaplains.

Jenny and I also talk about;

  • The type of support Chaplains provide to not only the Defence member but also Spouses
  • Why you should think of Chaplains as friends who offer a confidential listening ear
  • Defence members or spouses not needing to be in crisis to be supported by Chaplains
  • Why you don’t need to be religious to receive support from Chaplains
  • Some of the main reasons Defence couples reach out for support and guidance
  • The ways Chaplains can connect Defence Families with other supports like DMFS
  • Confidentiality and why anything discussed is off the record (except if someone poses a danger to themselves or others)
  • How Chaplains support Defence members and their wellbeing while on deployment
  • Why communication is 90% of a relationship and how to use owned language in a positive way
  • How Defence couples can build solid foundations and connect before and during separation
  • Expectations and getting on the same page to help with the challenges of Defence life
  • The ways Chaplains can help Defence families connect to their faith in their posting location
  • The Triple P Positive Parenting program and why it is well suited to Defence families
  • The importance of community and connection for Defence partners


Chaplains, All services- To contact a Chaplain please call the Defence Service Centre on 1800 333 362 and ask for the Duty Chaplain in your area.

*Jenny is a Navy Chaplain and while she doesn’t speak for Chaplains connected with Army and Air Force the support Chaplains offer and the role they play across the services is similar.

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