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The role of an Army Chaplain is truly a mission with a higher purpose; you’re not just serving your faith, you’re serving your country as well - in times of peace and in times of need. You’ll be providing spiritual guidance to all members of the Army, regardless of faith or denomination, and support the personnel team by carrying out administration and staff duties.




A Chaplain’s service knows no bounds. More so when it comes to the Army. Not only will you be providing spiritual guidance to all members of the Army (regardless of faith or denomination), you’ll also be performing administration and staff duties as part of the personnel support team. It is a role that will see you serving your faith and country at the same time.

Joining the Army Reserve does not mean forsaking your affiliations to your church. Chaplains remain active members of their religious organisation while serving as commissioned members of the ADF. After all, you will need your church’s endorsement in order to practice as a Chaplain.

The duties listed below are those that you could be expected to perform, but note that not all duties are performed in each position:

    provide religious and pastoral support to commanders at all levels

in accordance with established policy and guidance

    collectively provide a religious ministry and character development program to all elements of the Army

    provide religious ministry to denominational members

    conduct worship services and religious rites

    provide pastoral care to soldiers, their families and Defence Department civilian employees who seek guidance

    train Chaplains for Defence Force operations, exercises and activities

Pay and Benefits

All your pay in the Army Reserve is Tax Free, which means everything you earn goes straight in your pocket. You’ll also have free accommodation and food whenever you’re on exercise or away for training. Plus all your uniforms and equipment are supplied at no cost to you. Your civilian employer may be eligible for financial compensation if you volunteer to perform reserve duties during your civilian working hours.


The daily rate of pay for a qualified chaplain starts at $193.01 tax free.

Your daily rates of pay will continue to increase based on your rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. Your daily rates of pay may also increase following the completion of further training and the acquisition of additional qualifications.


Employment Location

The Army Reserve offers unique opportunities to travel within Australia and overseas. However in most cases you’ll find an Army Reserve unit close by in your local community which means you won’t have to go too far to experience Army life.


Entry Requirements

You can apply up to the age of 56 and must be an Australian citizen, or hold Permanent Residency status. Additional age, medical and fitness guidelines may apply.


Education Requirements

An applicant for appointment to the Royal Australian Army Chaplain Department (RAA Ch D) is required to: be from an endorsed denomination or faith group represented within the current religious diversity of Army personnel;

provide documented evidence of a minimum of three years denominationally endorsed  theological and ministry training;

provide documented evidence of ordination or equivalent;

have at least two years post-ordination pastoral ministry experience (but preference is for at least five years); and

other requirements may apply.