Steps to becoming a commissioned officer in The Salvation Army


What does it take to become a Salvation Army officer?

Below are the typical steps to becoming a commissioned officer.

  1. Called by God to full-time ministry, specifically officership
  2. Active soldier in a local corps
  3. Attend Future Officers Fellowship Retreat
  4. Recommended by Corps Officer
  5. Preliminary application endorsed by Divisional and Territorial Candidates Councils  
  6. Online application completed, appraisals and references gathered
  7. Psychological testing and pre-training “Salvationism 101” initiated
  8. Reviewed and accepted by Territorial Candidates Council
  9. Receive the rank of Cadet
  10. Complete 22 months of officer training
  11. Graduate officer training with AA degree
  12. Ordained as a minister of the Gospel and commissioned as an officer
  13. Bestowed rank of Lieutenant
  14. Receive first appointment
  15. Enter active ministry as an officer of The Salvation Army


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  1. Pegi Danielson Ackerman

    June 7, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    When will the events of Commissioning 2018, be listed and the times?? I watch it every year…………….have tried to find and cannot locate. Thanks.

    • New Frontier Publications

      June 8, 2018 at 11:14 am

      Hi Pegi,

      Look out for an email we sent you.

      Thank you,
      New Frontier Chronicle team

    • Joseph C Primous

      December 2, 2019 at 6:42 am

      Opportunity in Life comes with commitment…One must learn to accept and be accepted…God has Called All to Spread the Gospel…Yet commitment to befriend those who think they have no friend is Where Salvation starts…

  2. Chris Hoogstad

    June 8, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Will the commissioning service and appointments service be on SATV?

    • New Frontier Publications

      June 9, 2018 at 9:48 am

      Hi Chris,

      We will be live streaming Commissioning & Ordination and Service of Appointments on our Facebook page:

      • Wayne Vaughan

        April 28, 2019 at 11:58 am

        Are there age restrictions to become an officer

        • New Frontier Publications

          May 1, 2019 at 2:39 pm

          Hi Wayne! You just have to be at least 18 to become an officer.

  3. Darlene S Bailey

    July 12, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Just wondering…
    Can one become an officer if they have had to bankrupt?

    • New Frontier Publications

      July 12, 2019 at 3:48 pm

      Hi Darlene! That’s a good question. You have to be debt-free to become an officer.

  4. Martin

    July 17, 2019 at 10:30 am

    I am very interested in becoming a Salvationist.
    I have been called by God and I am now taking the necessary steps suggested.
    Cleaning the wreckage of my past, and letting go of this old life, and beginning a new one with Christ.
    My only question is:
    What will prevent someone from becoming a officer in The Salvation Army?
    In full detail.

  5. Emanuel Quinones

    August 27, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    i am an ordained minister and i would like to become part of the salvation army officers. I would love more information send to me!

    • William Wilkinson

      October 1, 2019 at 7:18 am

      I am an ordained Minister with A BS in Computer and Network Security and a Non Commissioned Army Reserve Officer interested in discussing a Officer Career Path

  6. Donato

    March 23, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    I live in SouthJersey and would like to know how I could become a solider in the Salvation Army?

    • Cory Gaudaur

      March 24, 2020 at 9:14 am

      Thank you for your message and interest in becoming a soldier. Can you please email and provide your city, state and zip code so I can connect you with a location near you?

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