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Why the Uniform?

Learn more about the history and legacy of The Salvation Army around the world.

Why the Uniform?

The Salvation Army uniforms are not very stylish. In fact, they often get us mistaken for Airline Pilots. But we are honored to wear them as an outward sign of our calling, to care for the lost, feed the hungry, and comfort the hurting. They remind us that we represent something larger than ourselves. We are an Army on the front lines and we’re fighting with love.  Our Officers (Ordained Ministers) wear red trim and our Soldiers (Church Members) wear blue trim.

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Salvation Army Officer
Salvation Army Officer standing
Female Salvation Army Officer
Two Salvation Army Officers standing with their uniforms
A Salvation Army Officer wearing a uniform and cap
A Salvation Army Officer in uniform wearing glasses

Why Officers?

William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army said “we are a volunteer army” in 1878. As such, The Salvation Army is designed with officers in leadership. Though we started as volunteers, over the last 150 years, The Salvation Army has grown into a multinational organization with volunteers, full-time staff and officers that serve those most in need.


What Does an Officer Do?

 

Gives a hand up for those in need

 

Spreads the Gospel, teaches how to apply it, and shares God's Word

 

Helps others overcome hardships


Officer Training College

Because officers function as directors of our business units, they are required to complete a two-year program at The Salvation Army's accredited training college. The curriculum provides extensive instruction and guidance, including nonprofit management, business administration, and theological studies. Upon graduation, students - also known as "cadets" - are ordained as officers and given their first assignment Doing The Most Good in a local community.

Visit our candidates website to learn more on the process of becoming an officer.