Provide multi-faith spiritual guidance and support that’s as diverse as the people who serve as Reservists.
- Undergraduate Degree
- Surface Fleet
- Royal Naval Reserve
- Officer level
I’ve been able to help and support Reservists and their families, particularly those who’ve been away on deployed service abroad. It’s given me the opportunity to reach out to a completely different congregation and meet so many new people who dedicate their time to their country.
What you’ll do
The Royal Navy offers a world of unparalleled opportunities for its reservists. And this means the type of spiritual guidance and support they need is equally unique. The friendship and advice you’ll need to offer as a Reserve Chaplain will be unlike anything you’ve done in your civilian career. You’ll work in a multi-faith environment, one that can include challenging situations, and the need to guide reservists as well as their families when they’re deployed. You’ll be there for whoever needs you to be. You’ll serve the people who serve the nation.
- Act as chaplain to a unique, and very varied congregation. The spiritual and emotional support you provide will be vital to the wellbeing of personnel of all ranks and roles.
- Work in a multi-faith environment, providing advice and guidance that is very different to that needed in the civilian world.
- Develop a wide range of new skills through military training, including firefighting and first aid. You’ll need to apply these skills in operational environments, as well as on exercises.
- Travel the world, giving crucial guidance to serving personnel and their families. The work you do when mobilised will be vital to protecting our nations interests.
Pay & benefits
- Daily rates of pay equivalent to those of full-time personnel
- Broad range of developmental courses available inside and outside the Naval Service
- Receive extra pay if you are mobilised
- Annual tax-free bounty subject to meeting the minimum training commitment
- Paid leave in proportion to the number of training days attended
- Automatic membership of the non-contributory Armed Forces Pension Scheme
- Expenses and allowances when undergoing training
- Access to sports and fitness facilities
Skills for life
Qualifications you'll gain
- The opportunity to attend Staff College
- The opportunity to study for a PGCE or Masters degree.
Skills you'll develop
- Communication skills working with Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel, who may have no church background
- Gain experience working with young people
- Learn Resource Planning
- Develop your team management skills
- Work in a multi-national environment
- Aged 26 to 53
- You normally need to have 2-3 years post-accreditation professional experience (full-time or equivalent) and qualify as a minister of religion or belief leader. There is normally a requirement to have significant experience of working as a chaplain (or equivalent, e.g. an ordained pastoral leadership role) but as long as you can achieve this alongside your initial reservist training you may be eligible to apply to be a Probationary Reservist Chaplain straight after you have qualified.
- You will need to be currently working as an accredited chaplain or qualified religious or belief leader with one of the following faith or belief communities: Christian, Hindu, Humanist or Non-Religious, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and currently engaged with them at the point of application
- You must be a United Kingdom national, or Commonwealth citizen, or Dual National
- A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28
- Able to pass the Royal Naval Fitness Test (RNFT)
- Able to pass the Naval Swimming Test
- Hold a full and valid UK Driving Licence
Skills & Interests
- Proven track record of excellent people skills and ability to engage with young people
- Understanding of the rigours of Naval life
- Ability to work individually, as an autonomous practitioner, without the structure and direct support of your faith or belief community
- Physically fit and mentally resilient and ready for the challenge
- Ability to work as part of a diverse multi-faith and belief team
From picking your role to starting on your first day, these are the steps you'll take to join as a rating.
Virtual Open Evening
Your first step is to check if you think you meet the eligibility criteria and then register for a Naval Chaplaincy Virtual Open Evening. You can register by emailing [email protected] or telephoning 07811 991822 to speak/message the Chaplain Recruiter. The Chaplain Recruiter will be in touch with you to offer dates for a Virtual Open Evening to provide you with more detailed information and the opportunity to ask any questions.
After attending a Virtual Open Evening, you will be invited for an on-line initial interview to check eligibility.
Look at life: Chaplaincy acquaint
If you are considered eligible you will then be invited to attend a residential acquaint visit to find out more about what chaplaincy in the URNU entails.
Contact your Endorsing Authority
You will need to contact your Endorsing Authority to let them know that you have made an Expression of Interest to the Royal Navy and to learn what their specific endorsement process will entail.
Submit a formal application via the RN Careers Service website
This starts your online application process which is similar to that of officer applications and has to run hand-in-hand with the specialist chaplaincy selection procedure, supported by the Chaplain Recruiter.
Medical and eye tests
Your Careers Adviser will set these up. These are fairly comprehensive and will be undertaken by a MOD-approved doctor.
Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)
This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you
Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)
The AIB is unique to officer and chaplaincy candidates and it takes place in two parts. A Pre Recorded Interview (PRI) is an online assessment which assesses your motivation to join the Royal Navy and your awareness of the Royal Navy. The Group Planning Exercise (GPE) is the second stage of the AIB and is an online competency based assessment which will take place on a separate day to the PRI. It will be conducted in a virtual group environment and you will be assessed on your contribution to the team based on your individual performance.
Chaplain of the Fleet Final Selection Board
A final selection interview with the Chaplain of the Fleet is required if you are fully qualified. If however you are applying to be a Chaplain Cadet during your university studies the Chaplain Recruiter will liaise with you, the local URNU Commanding Officer and your Training Institution; you will then be interviewed by the local URNU Unit and an experienced Naval Chaplain will be nominated to support you as a mentor.
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