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Chaplain
An exciting opportunity to be responsible for the spiritual ministry and pastoral support to airmen and airwomen and their
families in a range of challenging environments.

Additional Information
WHAT YOU COULD EARN
In the Air Force you'll receive a competitive salary, generous Super and an excellent range of benefits. You get paid from
the day you start training and your salary will increase with rank and experience.
CHAPLAINS
can earn over
$92,300 p.a.
on completion of initial employment training if degree qualified. This figure includes Uniform and Service allowances and
applies to full time Officer entry.

Job Details
Graduate, Specialist Reserve
The Air Force regards attention to the spiritual needs of its members as a matter of the highest importance and is
committed to providing them with the opportunity and facilities for the practice of their religion. Air Force Chaplaincy is
ministry without borders.
Chaplains enter the Air Force as ordained ministers of religion. As such they are responsible to their religious authorities
and remain faithful to their own traditions, whilst working in a team with other chaplains in the Air Force. Chaplains must
be team players, willing to deploy and able to sustain themselves in the operational environment. They seek to minister to
all RAAF members and their families, as they are able and required. All Chaplains are officers.

Entry
Graduate
The Royal Australian Air Force has a huge job to do; keeping the nation's air defence capabilities operational; providing a
search and rescue function; and assisting in times of national emergency.
If you are a chaplain seeking a position that offers satisfaction, excitement and a challenge, and the opportunity to utilise

Names of denominational RACS members may be obtained from the Director General Chaplaincy . Note: All prospective chaplains must gain endorsement from their denominational authorities before making application to enter the Air Force. prior to attending the Defence Force Recruiting Centre. saluting.and further develop your management and leadership skills. Annual Activities RAAFSR members are expected to maintain a minimum standard of health. The role of the Specialist Reserve is to provide on an on-call basis. Members may only be paid for those days that have been approved by their respective sponsoring authority. Medical and Dental . Attendance Commitment RAAFSR members are to perform a minimum of seven days Reserve service in each financial year but may perform considerably more than this on a voluntary basis as tasks and opportunities arise. The Chief of Air Force (CAF) has determined that during any prescribed form of service. Names of denominational RACS members may be obtained from the Director General Chaplaincy . This will include the requirement for RAAFSR members to maintain proficiency in weapons handling. then you may wish to consider a career as an Officer in the Air Force. The maximum number of days of Reserve service within a financial year for members of the RAAFSR is 200. Entry into the RAAFSR is by selection to fill available vacancies. Candidates require an AD460 (Chaplain's Certificate of Authenticity and Consent) nomination form from their respective Religious Advisory Committee to the Forces (RACS) member. RAAFSR members are on duty and must wear uniform. which will be assessed on an annual basis. Specialist Reserve The Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve (RAAFSR) is comprised of volunteer members who are highly motivated towards the Air Force and their Reserve commitment. drill and the requirement to display a high standard of dress and bearing.Air Force on (02) 6265 7013. Candidates require an AD460 (Chaplain's Certificate of Authenticity and Consent) nomination form from their respective Religious Advisory Committee to the Forces (RACS) member. Each issued item has a life expectancy and the item may be exchanged for a new one after this time. prior to attending the Defence Force Recruiting Centre. Note: All prospective chaplains must gain endorsement from their denominational authorities before making application to enter the Air Force. Discipline RAAFSR personnel are governed by exactly the same discipline code as members of the Permanent Air Force. Applicants should carefully consider their adaptability requirements such as the wearing of uniforms. Uniforms Members of the RAAFSR are entitled to a free issue of uniform upon appointment.Air Force on (02) 6265 7013 . Officer entry into all elements of the Air Force Reserve is by competitive selection. fitness and military preparedness. selected professional services that are not otherwise retained permanently in the RAAF. and is on the same basis as for entry into the PAF.

This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family. a Reserve Allowance of $27.63 per day is payable to compensate for the unique demands of Reserve Service.Members of the RAAFSR are only entitled to emergency medical and dental treatment while on duty. meals. The High Readiness Reserve is a category of the reserve that draws its members from the trained people already providing service in other categories of the Air Force Reserve. Refer to the Salary Scales for further details. Salary will continue to increase based on rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank.68 In addition to your salary. In addition to your salary. * Please note that these figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation. Specialist Reserve Members of the Reserve on part-time service are paid at a daily rate of pay which is tax free. accommodation and utilities (as applicable). Salary will continue to increase based on rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. General Requirements Age Requirement Graduate . Entry to the High Readiness Reserve is through the RAAF Active Reserve or RAAF Specialist Reserve. Pay & Allowances Graduate Salary (excluding allowances) will depend on the assigned competency level and increment which in turn depends on theological qualification and years since ordination. you may then volunteer for the High Readiness Reserve.084 per fortnight)*. Daily rates of pay for a Chaplain in the Reserve Force commence at $219.185 per year ($3. Volunteer service in the High Readiness Reserve attracts an annual financial bonus to compensate for additional obligations and commitment. A chaplain appointed at the lowest level Division 1 CL 1-1 is paid $80.448 per year) except while undertaking Military (Initial) or Employment training. Further Opportunities The Air Force High Readiness Reserve provides a short notice response force to complement the full-time Air Force in the event of a declared Defence emergency. Uniform Allowance at a rate of $682 per year ($26 per fortnight) is also paid to assist members to maintain an approved scale of uniforms in good order and condition. you will receive Service Allowance of $517 per fortnight ($13. or superannuation. and consequently is not generally open to direct civilian entrants. After completing your training in the Active Reserve or Specialist Reserve. Refer to the Salary Scales. as well as an annual allowance to help maintain the health and fitness required for short notice service. Further information on part-time ADF careers can be found by accessing the Defence Reserves website.

The compulsory retirement age for Chaplain Officers is 60 years. Aptitude Requirement The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests including verbal. Specialist Reserve An applicant for appointment as an Air Force Chaplain must: . Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here. and then only in exceptional circumstances. Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test. Current policy requires applicants for this particular avenue of entry to have lived in Australia for the preceding 10 years.Applicants may apply up to the age of 56 years. Find out more in our Recruitment Centre or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre. The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. or have a checkable background for this period. The Minister may on one or more occasions extend the CRA age for serving Reservists. Specialist Reserve The compulsory retirement age (CRA) for Air Force Specialist Reserve officers is 65 years. Citizenship Requirement Only Australian citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF. Security Requirement The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to obtain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry. If you are a Permanent Resident of Australia. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date. collection of relevant information and. Education & Experience Graduate. interviews enables the Regional Security Office to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance. spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. You will be required to obtain Australian citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment. the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements. A process of background checks. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities. as required.

. followed by a physical examination. Communication Skills and Air Force Operations studies. The major elements of the course involve introduction to military life. Leadership and Personal Development. Further details on officer training are available on the Officers Training School website or refer to the Joining Instructions. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service.• have met the educational requirement of their faith group prior to ordination. Specialist Reserve To be enlisted or appointed to the Air Force Specialist Reserve. Period of Service Graduate You will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of three years. The information on the website and in the Joining Instructions will provide you and your family with enough information to arrange your personal affairs before appointment in the Air Force and give you an overview of the structure and requirements of the Initial Officer Course. Ground Defence and Weapons training. Medical & Fitness Requirements Graduate To be enlisted or appointed. direct entry officers will normally undertake the Initial Officer Course of 17 weeks duration. located 220 kilometres east of Melbourne (VIC). Military Training Graduate Initial Officer Course .  You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before enlistment. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history. This is a live-in course completed at RAAF Base East Sale. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history. For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF. Air Force Values and attitudes. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation and provide a minimum of three months notice.17 Weeks Immediately upon joining the Air Force.  For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF. Specialist Reserve A person appointed as an officer in the Air Force Specialist Reserve serves an initial appointment of five years (including a probationary period of two years) followed by extensions (subject to approval) of five year periods. you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. and • be a minister of religion and deemed suitable by the appropriate denominational Principal Chaplain and endorsed by the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services. you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. followed by a physical examination.

Specialist Reserve All ADF Chaplain Employment Training is conducted at the Defence Force Chaplains College (DFCC).Mod 1 aims to prepare Navy. Employment Location Graduate You may be posted to any Air Force Base within Australia. Army and Air Force Chaplains for employment as Coordinating Chaplains. However. Defence Force Recruiting gives no express or implied warranties. The DFCC is located within the Albury Wodonga Military Area. Both permanent and part-time Chaplains are required to complete this training. Army and Air Force Chaplains in support of the Defence Mental Health Strategy. Applicants entering the Air Force SR through the officer stream are required to undergo officer training in the form of a Specialist Reserve Officer Familiarisation course which must be completed within two years of appointment. ADF Chaplain Senior Course (5 days) The aim of the Chaplain Senior Course is to educate Division 3 Chaplains in Navy. Army and Air Force in common core service areas for employment in their respective Services.Mod 2 (6 days) The purpose of the Initial Course is to train newly commissioned Chaplains in Navy. East Sale in Eastern Victoria. consistent with the limited time available and the need to employ you in your specialist field. Specialist Reserve As an Air Force SR officer you are given as much General Service training and induction training as practicable. in relation to this website or the . and makes no representations. Defence Force Recruiting disseminates information free of charge for the benefit of the public.Mod 2 aims to train Navy. The ADF Chaplain Initial Course . The ADF Chaplain Initial Course . accommodation and utilities. Army and Air Force in common Service areas in preparation for advancement to and employment as Senior Chaplains at the Division 4 Level within ADF. Employment Training Graduate.During Military (Initial Officer) Training and (Initial) Employment Training (if applicable). ADF Chaplain Intermediate Course (12 days) The aim of the ADF Chaplain Intermediate Course is to prepare Navy. It involves training in suicide awareness and post traumatic stress responses. The training will provide an understanding and a contextualisation of Defence and Chaplaincy processes. the home of ADF Chaplaincy Training. The courses are: ADF Chaplain Initial Course . Army and Air Force Chaplains for their first appointments and deployment.Mod 1 (12 days) and ADF Chaplain Initial Course . members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals. An ADF Chaplain will be required to complete the specified employment training throughout their career in preparation for varying roles and responsibilities. Defence Force Recruiting monitors the quality of the information available on this website and updates the information regularly. This course is currently of six days duration undertaken at Officers’ Training School.

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