A minister or
priest of any religion can apply to become a chaplain to any one
of the 1,000 ATC squadrons up and down the country. There are openings
for lay ministers such as Readers, Lay Preachers and others who
fulfil an authorised ministry in the pastoral work of the parish,
circuit or district. Where appropriate to meet the needs of cadets
from non-Christian faiths clerics from other faiths may also be
As an Honorary
Chaplain within the ATC you don't wear uniform but are recognised
by a Chaplain's Badge worn on your lapel and the larger edition
worn on your preaching scarf.
as a volunteer attached to a squadron in your area and have the
privilege of offering guidance and leadership to cadets and members
of staff on moral and spiritual matters.
expected of a chaplain is a regular monthly visit to your unit to
lead what is termed "the Padre's Hour" (although that
it how it is referred, it does not necessarily last for that time
and the term "Padre" is how you will normally be addressed
within the Squadron) and the conduct of the formal Enrolment Service
when new cadets are received into full membership of the organisation
having successfully completed the probationary stage.
From time to
time it will be appropriate for you to extend an invitation to the
squadron to parade to your Church and share in the worship.
Chaplain receives no pay but can receive certain allowances. You
may be reimbursed for Home to Duty travel costs and will receive
pulpit supply expenses when you are attending Annual Camp and if
you require a locum and you will also have your accommodation costs
met in full. The real rewards and the satisfaction come with the
provide appropriate pastoral care for all personnel within the Air
irrespective of religious belief or status".
represent the Kingdom of God and its values, to meet the pastoral,
spiritual and moral needs of the Air Training Corps and to enable
its members to practise their various faiths".
There is no
formal training for Squadron Chaplains but you will be encouraged
to attend the annual Chaplains' Conference within your Wing - a
geographical area - when you will have the opportunity to discuss
Chaplaincy matters and exchange ideas with other chaplains. As a
Squadron Chaplain you will be supported by your Wing and Regional
Chaplains and by the Royal Air Force Chaplains' Branch.
ATC chaplain you will be made most welcome on RAF Stations and have
an opportunity of flying and gliding when accompanying your cadets".
It is a requirement
of the Criminal Justice and Court Service Act 2000 that all persons
who regularly work with children or vulnerable persons must be cleared
through the Criminal Records Bureau. Also the agreement of the appropriate
ecclesiastical authority must be secured before a chaplain is appointed.