How to Join the Salvation Army

Updated April 17, 2017

William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London, England, in 1865. The Salvation Army considers itself to be part of the Christian church. It also identifies itself as part of the evangelical group of Christianity. The Salvation Army uses military terminology to recognise the different levels of leadership within its church. Also known as Salvationists, its members do not drink alcohol or use tobacco. The Salvation Army has ministries in Africa, East and South Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas.

Find a Salvation Army church service. The Salvation Army's website, offers a worldwide locator.

Visit the church services. Get to know local Salvationists. Take time to make a decision as to whether or not you should start the process to become a Salvation Army soldier.

Declare your salvation. According to the Salvation Army, this means that a person asks forgiveness from God, invites Jesus into her life, and tries to live in a manner that is in accordance with the teachings of Jesus. A person joining the Salvation Army must be at least 14 years old.

Go to Salvation Army classes. The sequence of classes presents the beliefs and lifestyle of Salvation Army members. A more experienced Salvation Army member teaches the classes. The people who attend these classes are called recruits. The classes are informal and are held over a short period of time.

Reflect on whether or not to become a Salvation Army solider. Another Salvation Army member decides whether or not a person is fit to join. If a recruit chooses to continue and is given approval to continue through the process, the recruit's name is sent to the Corps Pastoral Care Council. The Council is in charge of spreading the gospel and serving the community.

Sign the Soldier's Covenant and participate in the swearing-in ceremony.


If you want to attend a Salvation Army church but do not want to become a soldier, you can still participate as an adherent.

Things You'll Need

  • Soldier's Covenant of the Salvation Army
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Born in New York City, Elizabeth Carrillo has worked as a bilingual freelance writer and translator since 2009. She contributes to various websites with articles on soccer and Mexico. Carrillo holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.