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Royal Army Chaplains’ Department

At a glance

  • Officer
  • Specialist
  • logistics

The most important part of the Army is its people. The role of the chaplain is to care for those people.

  • £50,837The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £50,837Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 21 years & undefined months to 50 years & undefined months
  • QualificationsSee qualification details
Army Chaplain

I have the privilege and responsibility to be with young men and women who serve in the British Army.

Regimental Chaplain, The Revd Fr Burke CF

Life as an Army Chaplain is a calling like no other. Belonging to a remarkable organisation of young men and women, sharing your life with them and serving alongside them wherever they go brings tremendous opportunities and challenges. It is a vocation that is both demanding and rewarding while offering an adventurous journey of faith.

Chaplains are professionally qualified Officers who deliver pastoral care, provide or facilitate spiritual support, and give moral guidance to the whole force and their families irrespective of faith, world philosophy or status. Chaplains provide leadership but do not command. They deploy on operations but are non-combatant and do not bear arms.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Play a key role in improving the Army’s culture and behaviours to forge a winning team

  • Deliver pastoral care to everyone at home and abroad

  • Provide or facilitate spiritual support publicly and privately, at every level of the Army

  • Offer moral guidance and ethical leadership to Service personnel and the Chain of Command

  • Live and work with your unit and travel with them wherever they go

  • Opportunities to study postgraduate qualifications

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Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 21 years & undefined months to 50 years & undefined months years

  • Qualifications:

    • Ordained minister of one of the Endorsing Authorities.

    • 3 years’ proven pastoral experience at time of commission.

    • You must not be over 50 at the time you commission into the RAChD.

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 8.07

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
Initial training is completed at the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre, Beckett House, Shrivenham.

Step 2
Complete commissioning course (short) at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

Qualifications you could get after training

Opportunities for study include:
Master of Theology in Chaplaincy Studies
Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Pay & benefits

On commissioning you will earn £50,837

You will also get:
38 days paid annual leave
Subsidised accommodation
Free medical and dental care
Enrolled in a non-contributory pension scheme

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.

More about the joining process