How to Become a Salvation Army Officer

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How to Become a Salvation Army Officer
An officer's motivation is to "win souls" for Christ. (cross image by Canakris from

The Salvation Army has carried out its dual mission of preaching the gospel and helping the poor and needy worldwide since William Booth founded the organisation in 1865. A Salvation Army officer is an ordained minister of religion, like a priest, pastor or rabbi. Becoming an officer one is a full-time commitment, taken only after prayerful consideration and with the support of your local corps. If you believe in the Salvationist values of charity and faith in Christ, and you have the desire to serve God, you are a likely candidate for becoming an officer.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging


  1. 1

    Serve faithfully as a Salvation Army soldier (member) in your local Salvation Army corps. If you don't yet have membership, your local corps can advise you. It involves completing classes and signing the "Soldier's Covenant."

  2. 2

    Pray for guidance. Salvation Army officers believe God has called them to the role. Proceed if, after prayer and thoughtful consideration, you feel God is calling you to serve Him as an officer.

  3. 3

    Ask your local corps officer to recommend you as a candidate. This may require several meetings, discussion, more prayer and more hours of service to prove your skills, calling and commitment.

  4. 4

    Confirm that you meet the minimum requirements for officership. You must be between 18 and 45 years of age and have completed high school and spent at least one year in college, military training or employment.

  5. 5

    Attend two years of training as a cadet at a Salvation Army officer training college. This is a residential course, available at one of four colleges in California, Illinois, New York and Georgia. Your corps officer will advise you of the application process, once he has nominated you as a candidate.

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