CHAPLAIN – UK ROYAL ARMY
What you’ll do
The Chaplain is a vital member of any naval or commando unit, with a unique congregation. The team of 30,000 men and women who make up the Naval Service come from all walks of life. They do extraordinary jobs in extraordinary circumstances, all over the world, 365 days a year. It means your congregation – and crewmates – need a unique type of support. We welcome people who practise all faiths (including those with none), so you’ll need to be a friend, adviser and spiritual guide to them all in a multi-faith environment. You’ll be there for whoever needs you to be. You’ll serve the people who serve our nation.
- Just as in civilian life, you’ll preach the word, administer the sacraments, visit the sick, baptise, confirm, marry, bury, and counsel the bereaved, anxious and lost.
- With no rank of your own, you share that of the person you’re talking with, from Rear Admiral to the most junior rating.
- Develop a wide range of new skills through military training, including firefighting and first aid. You’ll need to apply these skills in operational environments, as well as on exercises.
- Travel the world, giving crucial guidance to serving personnel and their families. The work you do when mobilised will make a vital contribution to protecting our nations interests.
Pay and benefits
- 6 weeks of paid holiday every year
- Extra allowances for days spent at sea
- Free medical and dental care
- Membership of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme
- Travel all over the world
- Aged 26 to 48
- Be an ordained minister of one of the following churches: Anglican, Assemblies of God, Baptist Union of Great Britain, Church of Scotland, Churches in Communities International, Congregational Church, Elim Pentecostal, Methodist, Presbyterian Church of Ireland, Roman Catholic, or the United Reformed Church
- Or be an authorised and qualified religious leader from the Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim or Sikh Faith Communities
- A theological degree or an equivalent recognised qualification
- 3 years of proven pastoral experience
- To be employed by a faith community at the point of application
- A National of the United Kingdom, Commonwealth citizen or Dual National who has lived in the UK for 5 years prior to applying
- Able to pass the Royal Naval Fitness Test (RNFT)
- Pass the Naval Swimming Test
- Hold a full and valid UK Driving Licence
Skills and Interests
- Understanding of the diverse rigours of Naval life
- Ability to work individually, without the structure and direct support of your faith community
- Physically and mentally fit for the challenge
- Ability to work as part of a theologically diverse, ecumenical and multi-faith team
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