Chaplain

Royal Army Chaplains Department

"I GET TO WORK WITH AMAZING PEOPLE"

"THE VARIETY AND EXPERIENCES THAT ARMY MINISTRY OFFERS ARE INCREDIBLE."
Could you support troops whenever they need you? Provide comfort and advice wherever you are in the world? That’s the job of our Chaplains – Professionally Qualified Officers who have been ordained in one of the recognised Sending Churches and have been selected to hold a commission in the Army. Chaplains wear British Army uniforms and provide leadership but do not command and do not carry weapons. Chaplains are assigned to a unit with which they live and work, offering spiritual support, pastoral care and moral guidance. Where the unit goes, so does the Chaplain.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You do your initial training at the Armed Forces’ Chaplaincy Centre in Hampshire.

Step 2
After that you spend a few months at your first unit before completing military training on the 10-week Professionally Qualified Officers’ course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Entry Requirements

Age: 18 years - 49 years 11 months
Qualifications:

Ordained Minister or Priest in one of the Sending Churches

Three years’ full-time ordained pastoral experience at the time of commission

Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 15s (multistage fitness test)
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

Limited positions are available on:
  • Master of Theology in Chaplaincy Studies
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Rank Progression

 Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“I went on an Army taster course years before I was eligible to apply. What struck me was how the Army turns lives around for many young people. It becomes their family and gives them values. Since I joined I’ve lived in Germany, travelled to Canada on exercise and been on operations in Afghanistan. The variety and experiences that Army ministry offers are incredible.”

HOW TO APPLY

If you've got your qualifications, then apply online. Your application will be passed to our specialist team, who will help guide you through the process towards joining in this role. You'll need to pass a specialist skills interview to check that your skills are in line with our needs.

Training For The Role

Step 1
As a Chaplain you learn the military skills you need to perform your clerical duties in an operational environment – things like field craft, map reading, communication skills, leadership studies, first aid and physical fitness.

Step 2
You’ll take part in Continuing Ministerial Education each year.

Entry Requirements

Age: 18 years - 49 years 11 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 15s (multistage fitness test)
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: Ordained Minister or Priest in one of the Sending Churches. Three years' full-time ordained pastoral experience at the time of commission.

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

Limited positions are available on:
  • Master of Theology in Chaplaincy Studies

Pay and Benefits

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £105.47 per day. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty.

More about Reserve benefits

From the Field

“Being a Reservist Army Chaplain is the best of both worlds. I get a fulfilling parish life, stability for the family and the opportunity to join my unit on exercise and deployment. My life in my parish is enriched by the wide experiences the Army brings, particularly with a younger generation.”

HOW TO APPLY

If you've got your qualifications, then apply online. Your application will be passed to our specialist team, who will help guide you through the process towards joining in this role. You'll need to pass a specialist skills interview to check that your skills are in line with our needs.