Personnel Support Chaplain CURRENTLY RECRUITING

As an RAF Chaplain, you will provide spiritual support, strength and guidance to service personnel and their families. You will be a valuable source of personal wellbeing and guidance in times of war and peace.

Full-time regular Spare time reserve

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PAY DURING TRAINING £37,915 + Benefits

Initial pay after training £37,915 + Benefits

DAY RATE STARTS AT: Depends on role, rank and experience

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APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 26 – 53 years old (Must attest before 54th birthday)
  • Have the academic qualifications required set by the Sending Churches for ministerial training
  • Be ordained and have 3 years’ pastoral experience
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.
  • Commit to minimum 6 years service
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Helping people
  • Travelling the world
  • Being creative

Apprenticeships available

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 26 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday - Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)
  • Be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen
  • Have GCSE/SCEs at Grade C/2 minimum or 2 SNEs at Grade 5 or equivalent, in English Language and Maths
  • Be an ordained minister and have two years pastoral experience
  • Commit 27 days per year for 12 years minimum
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Helping people
  • Travelling the world
  • Being creative

Locations

502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim
600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex
607 Sqn RAF Leeming, Northallerton
611 Sqn RAF Woodvale, Merseyside

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

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

As an RAF Chaplain, you will be there for the spiritual welfare of all service personnel and their dependants, acting as a sounding board for senior officers and a listening ear for the junior ranks.

You will serve alongside our people, providing vital spiritual, pastoral and ethical support wherever they go, including deployed Operations.  Your home-based duties will be equally important in support of personnel and their families on RAF stations.  While exploring innovative ways of engaging with your community, you can also expect to fulfil the more traditional roles of leading regular worship, including officiating at weddings, baptisms and funerals.  The Chaplains’ Branch recruits clergy from the following denominations: Church of England (including all Anglicans), Roman Catholic, Church of Scotland, Baptist, United Reformed, Methodist, Elim Pentecostal, Assemblies of God, Salvation Army, Presbyterian and Churches in Community International.

WHY JOIN THE RAF?

Thanks to subsidised food, travel, accommodation and free gym you get more money in your pocket.

Salary
Benefits Salary
Civilian Role
RAF Role
  • Rent from £75p/m
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Health care
  • World travel
  • 6 weeks holiday

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WHY JOIN THE RESERVES?

The skills you acquire as a Reserve won’t just prepare you for the RAF, they will enhance your work and civilian life.

You might be called up to assist with our operations worldwide for up to six months, during which you may be able to claim a pay award to cover your and your employer’s costs.

  • Training
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Paid pension
  • Paid holiday

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TRAINING AND CAREER

TRAINING YOU’LL RECEIVE

Your career will start on the Specialist Entrant and Re-entrant (SERE) course at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire.

You will follow a 13-week course specially designed for professionally qualified entrants to the RAF.

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.

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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 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

TRAINING AND CAREER

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.

Commitment and location

You will have to commit to 27 days per year for 12 years minimum.


Each year includes a 15-day block for general RAF training, and 12 separate days for extra training or exercises.


You might be deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

You must be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, a holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

Be aged between 26 and 53 years old (Must attest before 54th birthday).

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

You must be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, a holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

Be aged between 26 and 53 years old.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have the academic qualifications required set by the Sending Churches for ministerial training.

Be ordained and have 3 years pastoral experience.

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

You must be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, a holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years will be considered.

Following the Home Office announcement that the UK Armed Forces will now be able to recruit commonwealth citizens without the 5 year residency requirement, please note that the RAF continues to apply standard residency requirements for security clearance,  ie, DV employment requires 7-years UK residency immediately prior to enlistment; SC requires 3-years. 

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through two or three separate fitness tests as part of the application process: Selection Fitness Test, Pre-joining Fitness Test or Pre-recruit Training Course.
How fit you need to be to pass these tests can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.1 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26
45-49 12.54 7.07 16 23
50-54 13.27 7.01 15 20

 

FEMALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 13.54 6.07 10 32
17-29 13.23 7.02 10 32
30-34 13.47 6.08 9 29
35-39 14.13 6.04 8 26
40-44 14.48 5.08 7 23
45-49 15.19 5.04 6 20
50-54 15.53 4.09 5 17

 

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are a member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have the academic qualifications required set by the Sending Churches for ministerial training.

Be ordained and have 3 years pastoral experience.

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

You must be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, a holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years may be considered.

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through a Pre-joining Fitness Test. 
How fit you need to be to pass this test can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES - 100% pass rates:

AGE

MALES
Age Limits 2.4 Km Run (Minutes) Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level) Press-ups (Number) Sit-ups (Number)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.10 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12.00 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26
45-49 12.54 7.07 16 23
50-54 13.27 7.01 15 20
FEMALES
Age Limits 2.4 Km Run(Minutes) Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level) Press-ups (Number) Sit-ups (Number)
15-16 13.54 6.07 10 32
17-29 13.23 7.02 10 32
30-34 13.47 6.08 9 29
35-39 14.13 6.04 8 26
40-44 14.48 5.08 7 23
45-49 15.19 5.04 6 20
50-54 15.53 4.09 5 17

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

If you don’t have any of the above, you might still be able to apply. For more information contact your local AFCO.

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

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GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

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