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CHAPLAIN

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    What does the job involve?

    Naval Chaplains provide and support the spiritual, moral and pastoral well-being of naval personnel and their dependents.  Chaplains maintain their own denominational integrity, but are expected to work closely within a team with Chaplains from other traditions as they minister to young men and women.

    What will be expected of me?

    To be a Priest or Minister of your own denomination

    To provide worship, to preach the Word of God and to administer the Sacraments

    To provide a full spiritual ministry

    To provide a full pastoral ministry

    To provide for the needs of members of your own denomination, and to give full support to those of all denominations and faiths as well as those of no faith

    To work within the military environment

    To give moral guidance to individuals as requested and to teach the moral component as required

    Where will I work?

    You can expect to hold a variety of appointments during your career, each typically lasting between two and three years.  Most appointments are in the Portsmouth or Plymouth areas, or in Scotland.  Gibraltar, Yeovilton and London are other areas where you may be appointed.

    What will be the period of my employment?

    Chaplains are usually selected for an initial commission of six years, with opportunities for transfer to longer commissions for service up to the age of 55 by mutual agreement. However, if preferred, commissions can be tailored so that they are for shorter periods (e.g. 2-3 years).

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