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Being an officer in The Salvation Army is a challenging and fulfilling way to participate in the work of building the kingdom of God.

If you are interested in exploring whether this is right for you, please read the material in this section and talk about it with your corps officer.

Personal Stories

God, who knows us better than we know ourselves, speaks to each of us in a way that makes sense to us. We can't prove that God is real to someone else, but we can witness to His presence in our own lives and encourage others to seek Him.

Each of the cadets at the training school has their own unique story of how God made Himself real to them. May God speak to you through these stories.

Learn about the cadets!

What is the the process of becoming a Salvation Army Officer?

The preliminary application is presented to the Divisional Candidates Council for review and approval. Following the approval, the application is forwarded to the Territorial Youth & Candidates Department for processing. At this time, the Divisional Youth & Candidates Secretary will see that the Educational and Personality Evaluation Assessment takes place. The Divisional Youth & Candidates Secretary is also responsible to process the case and send it to the Territorial Candidates Council for review and approval for acceptance to the College for Officer Training.

A few basic requirements include:

  • Must be a member of The Salvation Army Church, called a "soldier"
  • Must have one year of membership as a soldier prior to entering the CFOT
  • Must have the recommendation of the Corps Officers
  • Age requirement is between one year after graduating from high school and 55 years old
  • Must have no financial debt
  • If married, your spouse needs to have the same call and apply as well
  • Ability to handle a very rigorous schedule and structure
  • Ability to read at least 30 pages a day
  • Ability to speak and read basic English


If you would like further information about becoming an officer, please visit our Candidates section here: - .  You may also contact:

The Salvation Army Eastern Territory
Youth and Candidates Department
440 West Nyack Rd
West Nyack, NY 10964