National Service Organization

That part of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries concerned with preparing, counseling, and ministering to members of the church liable to, or called into, military service. In the North American Division a separate organization within the church to function in this area originated during World War I, when Carlyle B. Haynes was called to be secretary of an agency called the War Service Commission. At the close of the war the office was inactivated. When World War II began Haynes was again called to this work. According to the Yearbook, the Commission on National Service and Medical Cadet Training was established in 1940; after about two years it was renamed the War Service Commission. Some overseas divisions of the church handled the work through the conference administrations or the Religious ...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.