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.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Give spiritual support, both publicly and privately, at every level of the Army.
  • Provide pastoral care at home and abroad.
  • Offer moral guidance through formal teaching, counsel, and personal example.
  • Travel wherever your unit goes.
  • Study for postgraduate qualifications. 

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

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 & BENEFITS

REGULAR

You will join the Army as a Captain, on a minimum salary of £40,025 a year.

 

RESERVE

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £65.24 once you have passed Army Officer Selection and rising to £78.41 per day once you’ve commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. 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.

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.”

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

EXPERIENCE: 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

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

You will join the Army as a Captain, on a minimum salary of £40,025 a year.

 

RESERVE

You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £65.24 once you have passed Army Officer Selection and rising to £78.41 per day once you’ve commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. 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.

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. If you are thinking of joining, and want to talk