The selection process involves endorsement by your Sending Church and a familiarisation visit to meet serving chaplains at an Army base. There are security, child protection, and medical checks and clearances.
You then attend the Army Officer Selection Board (AOSB) at Westbury, presided over by the Chaplain-General. The board does not assess your vocation in general, but rather your aptitude for exercising that vocation in a military context.
If you are offered a commission, you will be assigned to a Reserve unit as close as possible to your place of civilian ministry. You will undertake induction training at this unit. Over the next two years you then complete short courses at the Armed Forces’ Chaplaincy Centre, Strensall Training Centre, and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
Your ministry will involve visiting your soldiers on their week night training, accompanying them on weekend training (Sunday commitments allowing) and on their annual camp. With the consent of your church you may be mobilised on operational duty.
For further information please contact The Revd Dr Jim Francis MBE CF
Telephone: 01264 887064
Army Headquarters, MOD Chaps(A),
Ground Floor, Zone 1, IDL 433,
Blenhiem Building, Marlborough Lines, Monxton Road,
Andover, Hampshire SP11 8HJ