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Despite the fact that our uniform will often get us mistaken for Airline Pilots, EMTs or the occasional security guard, 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. The uniform is a personal testimony to our Christian faith and practice; as a commitment in the war against evil; to signify the availability of the Salvationist to anyone needing a helping hand and listening ear. They remind us that we represent something larger than ourselves. We are an Army on the front lines and we’re fighting with love.
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.
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
Because our officers function as directors of our business units, we require them to complete a two-year year program at our accredited Training College. This program includes nonprofit management, business administration, and theological training. Upon graduation, they are ordained as Salvation Army Officers and sent out on their first assignment in a local community.