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Chaplain

Chaplains provide spiritual support, strength and guidance to service personnel and their families. They are a valuable source of personal well being and guidance in times of war and peace.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Assume the pastoral role of a member of the clergy, performing the duties of a priest, vicar or minister
  • Counsel personnel and their dependents on spiritual or emotional matters
  • Help personnel work through difficult moral issues as they carry out their duties
  • Provide welfare support to dependents and families

Similar civilian roles include Parish priest, Vicar or Minister.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

Scroll down to explore the opportunities as a Chaplain in the RAF.

Key Facts

Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

£37,915 + Benefits

Pay during training

£37,915 + Benefits

Entry level

Officer

Commitment

Usual service

6 years

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level

Officer

Commitment

27 days per year for 12 years minimum. Each year includes a 15 day block for general RAF training, which is taken over a two week period, and 12 days for additional/trade training, or training exercises.

The possibility of being deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

Locations

502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex
611 Sqn RAF Woodvale, Merseyside

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

In the RAF

My Role

‘I’m a senior Chaplain working with a team from Roman Catholic, Free Church and Anglican denominations, but we’re here for the spiritual welfare of all service personnel and their dependants.

We tend to act as a sounding board for senior officers and a listening ear for the junior ranks, so we have to understand issues right across the RAF.’

My Day

‘Like everyone else, people in the RAF have concerns about their family lives but they also want to talk about their next detachment or posting. On operations, people often have ethical questions that we try to help them address.

I was with the Harrier force in southern Italy when they were involved in Kosovo. A Pilot would come back from a mission and need to talk. Just being there to listen to people in those situations is very important.

Being in the RAF brings new challenges and opportunities, professionally and personally. I’ve been to America on white-water rafting and skiing expeditions. These really were experiences of a lifetime.’

 

To find out more about a role as an RAF Chaplain please see our dedicated Chaplains website below:

RAF Chaplains Website

Training

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Full Time
Regular

Initial Training

Like all our specialist branch officers, you’ll begin your RAF career on the Specialist Entrant and Re-entrant (SERE) course at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire.

You’ll follow a challenging 13 week course designed for professionally qualified entrants to the RAF, exploring how to apply your ministry in a military context.

The course includes fitness development, military training and academic study as well as practical outdoor leadership challenges.

Specialist Training

After SERE, you will complete a Chaplain-specific induction course at an appropriate time within your first six months of service. The course explores the theology of military chaplaincy and considers its application to practical life in the Armed Forces.

Foundation Tour

For your first tour, you will probably be posted to a large base where you will work within an interdenominational team to minister to your community. There will be a senior chaplain on base who will be able to guide you and give you the benefit of his or her experience.

Your Career Prospects

You will join the RAF on an Initial Commission (IC) of 6 years as a Rev (Flight Lieutenant), with an option to leave after 4 years (with 12 months notice). Chaplains on a 6-year IC may apply for a 12 year commission after completing 4 years regular service. Promotion to Rev (Squadron Leader) is after 3 years’ satisfactory service from the date of commission. Further promotion to Rev (Wing Commander) and above is achieved on merit; generally, chaplains become eligible for consideration after 10 years’ service.

Ongoing Development

The Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre (AFCC) at Amport House, Hampshire is the chaplaincy training centre for all 3 Services and you will visit frequently for continuing ministerial education and other training courses. There are also opportunities to study at postgraduate level at a later stage of your chaplaincy career.

Transferable Skills

As a chaplain in the RAF, you will have all the development opportunities and career prospects available to your civilian counterparts, together with the chance to work around the world and gain unique personal experiences. Most RAF chaplains go back into civilian ministerial work when they leave the RAF

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial Training

Reserve training starts with basic RAF training at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This 15-day residential course offers a solid introduction to the RAF Reserve lifestyle. It includes military skills training, drills, field training and team-building exercises. It may be challenging at times, but there will be support and guidance along the way.

Specialist Training

After successfully completing initial training, you will be trained for your specific role in the RAF either at your squadron or another RAF station in the UK.

 

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

The academic qualifications required are those set by the Sending Churches for ministerial training.  You must be ordained and have 3 years’ pastoral experience.

Age:

  •  26 - 53 (Must enter SERE before 53rd birthday)

RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

Spare Time
Reserve

Job requirements

Qualifications:

Professional. GCSE/SCEs at Grade C/2 minimum or 2 SNEs at Grade 5 or equivalent, in English Language and Maths.

All chaplains in the Reserves must be ordained minsters and normally have two years pastoral experience, find out more.

 

Age:

26 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)

RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

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Full Time
Regular

Spare Time
Reserve