Job description: Provide strength and support for Service people and their families
Pay after training: £37,915
Joining age: 21 – 48
Usual service: 6 years
Open to: men or women
Similar civilian jobs:
- Parish priest
Qualifications you need: Professional. GCSE/SCEs at Grade C/2 minimum or equivalent in English language and maths.
Nationality: Citizen of the UK or the Republic of Ireland, or a Commonwealth citizen since birth
The RAF is a big family, embracing people from every walk of life. Each has his or her own outlook and beliefs, but all share the responsibilities of serving their country – both in peace and war. Spiritual guidance is important in the RAF and the role you play, as a Chaplain (or padre), cannot be underestimated. In times of personal and national crisis, Service personnel and their families will look to you for strength and support.
Chaplains have two roles. Firstly, you’ll be a clergyman, and normally you must already have three years’ pastoral experience as an ordained priest, vicar or minister. You’ll also be an RAF officer. After your specialist Initial Officer Training at RAF Cranwell, you’ll be posted to your first station.
For further information, please see the RAF Chaplains' Branch website, which outlines conditions of service, lists RAF liturgy, graces and prayers, and has biographies of serving RAF Chaplains.