Soldiers are fully committed members in good standing in the Salvation Army who have made a profession of Christian faith and identify The Salvation Army as their church home. They normally look to The Salvation Army for important life events such as infant dedications, marriage ceremonies and funeral and memorial services, and support its mission and ministry.
Soldiers undertake special commitments, as outlined in “The Articles of War / Soldiers Covenant”, which declare through lifestyle and practice their beliefs and behaviours to be in accordance with high standards of Christian integrity and example. The Salvation Army employs a military metaphor for the expression of Christian discipleship.
A Salvation Army Soldier must:
- Be over 14 years of age.
- Not be an active member of any other religious body.
- Permit their name to be on census records as belonging to The Salvation Army.
- Have successfully completed the prescribed Salvation Army soldiership preparation classes
- Sign the Articles of War / Soldiers Covenant
- Be endorsed by the Corps Officer and Pastoral Care counsel for Soldiership
- Be publicly enrolled at a Salvation Army service as a Soldier
- Maintain in faith and conduct the promises made by and required of Salvation Army Soldiers
Privileges of Soldiership include:
- Wearing of Salvation Army Uniform
- Opportunity to participate in the mission and ministry of The Salvation Army
- Being recognized as an active member of this international Christian movement founded on the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.