Here are some of the most frequently asked questions by candidates preparing for Training College. Still have questions? Let us know and we will be happy to help. Our contact infomation is at the bottom of this page.
Can you tell me more about the College program and what it will be like to be a cadet at CFOT?
For the most up to date information about the College program, go to the top of our website home page and select the “OFFICER TRAINING PROGRAM” drop down menu. Here you will find important information about the College program. We would also recommend the following posts that discuss the College program and what it is like to be a cadet at CFOT. To read more simply click here.
What do I need to know?
Officers of The Salvation Army are soldiers who have relinquished secular employment in response to a spiritual calling. They do so to devote all their time and energies to the service of God and the people. When they have successfully completed the required period of training they are commissioned as Officers and ordained as ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Do I need to go to school for training to become a Salvation Army Officer?
Yes. Salvation Army Officers go to school at the College for Officer Training in Winnipeg. This involves theological, denominational and service training. The standard program is two years of full-time residential training (followed by some post-commissioning studies). During the two year residential program you hold the rank of cadet. For more information on residential training as well as other models of officer training, see the reply to the first question on this page.
How does the rank system work?
Soldiers are the people who we rely upon in our corps (churches) to work locally under the leadership of Officers! Soldiers, upon successful application for training and admission to the College for Officer Training, are given the rank of cadet. Upon successful completion of the two year CFOT program they are commissioned and ordained with the rank of Lieutenant. Officers serve five years before being promoted to Captain. Officers who have served sixteen years are promoted to the rank of Major. Further promotions to Lieutenant-Colonel, Colonel and Commissioner are dependant upon responsibilities within The Salvation Army.
If I am married, do we both have to become Salvation Army Officers?
There is no greater opportunity than to serve God with the person you love the most. Couples need to be on the same page when it comes to serving God. The norm remains serving as a couple, however application may be made to serve without your spouse also becoming a Salvation Army Officer. This is entitled Single Spouse service and details are available during the application process.
I have already done theological study. Do I still need to go to the College for Officer Training?
There is much more to training as a Salvation Army Officer than theology. The staff at CFOT will work with you in the development of a training program that serves your personal growth.
Where will I serve as an Officer?
The Salvation Army is divided globally into Territories. This Territory is the Canada and Bermuda Territory. You will be asked to serve in any part of Canada or Bermuda. As The Salvation Army is a global movement, you may also have opportunity to serve in other parts of the world if you have the right qualifications.
What kinds of opportunities are there for Officers in service?
Salvation Army Officers serve in a variety of roles. Some are leaders of congregations, some work with children. Some Officers lead Social Service units that serve the addicted or people who are in trouble with the law. Some Salvation Army Officers work with seniors and some in administrative roles. Together Salvation Army Officers serve the people of Canada and Bermuda.
Do I have a say in where I will serve as a Salvation Army Officer?
The need to have the right Salvation Army Officer in the right appointment is critical to the success of our mission. This Territory makes every effort to dialogue with Officers in making decisions regarding the when and where of locating Officers. While not every wish or desire can be accommodated, consultation does help in the placement of personnel.
I just want to get into ministry! Do I have to go to school for two years?
While The Salvation Army is a church movement called to action, we hold strongly to the need for trained ministers of The Gospel. Our work is ministering to people and their lives, which can be full of fragile moments. We want you to be prepared as best you can to help in those challenging moments. One of The Salvation Army’s values is excellence and we want to uphold this value.
I am a single parent. Can I be a Salvation Army Officer?
Raising children is not only a great privilege but also a tremendous responsibility. At times being an officer is demanding and consequently some family situations may not be conducive to this lifestyle. With each application, consideration is given to the age of the children, number of children and extended family circumstances.
Do all Cadets become Officers?
The purpose of the training program is to equip people for ministry. However, during training it can become evident that some people are not suited for this kind of demanding ministry. In these circumstances, an exit strategy will be determined with consultation between the cadet and the staff.
Where do I start the application process?
Join your local Salvation Army Corps (church) and become an active Soldier (member). In time, with the help of your Corps Officer, you can submit an application to become a Candidate.
How long does the application process take?
You will need to give yourself at least six months to complete the process. There will be a variety of tests and interviews as part of the candidate process. This includes a course (distance learning) that will need to be completed.
When does training begin after my acceptance?
All training sessions are done in cohort form beginning in September of each year. Acceptance needs to be completed by June, at the very latest, prior to the September of entrance.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS FOR ACCEPTED CANDIDATES:
What type of child care facilities are provided for our children and where are they located?
CFOT assists parents in securing child care for their pre-school children. Children under the age of two years attend Gramma Marie’s Children’s Centre which is located one block from the cadet residence. Children between the ages of two and four attend the YMCA located directly across the street from CFOT.
Can we have visitors stay with us at the cadet residence?
Yes, this is your home for two years and you may have visitors come and stay with you. Visitors are not permitted to be in your apartment during the summer months when cadets are not at the residence.
How do medical benefits work while I am at CFOT?
Upon entry to CFOT, cadets and their families are covered under the Officers’ Medical Care Plan. Under the Green Shield Medical Insurance Plan cadets may receive reimbursement for optical, dental and prescription expenses in accordance with the approved plan. As cadets are deemed ‘students’ under the law, out of province candidates should make sure that arrangements are made for their provincial medical plan to cover them during their stay as students in Manitoba. If coming from Ontario, a letter confirming student status can be provide by CFOT, upon request. If coming from BC, cadets are asked to continue personal payment of their premiums. CFOT will then reimburse the cadet for the cost of their premium payments, upon submission of the appropriate documentation.
Will I have any storage space at the cadet residence?
Yes, however storage is limited at the residence. A 15 square foot locker is provided for each apartment.
Are pets allowed at the cadet residence?
Sorry, there are no pets allowed.
Will I be considered a full-time student while at CFOT?
Are there vehicles available for personal use during off hours?
If you chose not to bring your own vehicle, there are eight vans available (when they are not being used for CFOT and field requirements).
Where can I purchase uniform supplies?
Your first point of contact for uniform supplies is The Salvation Army Supplies and Purchasing store. Click here to access their website.
We have a limited supply of uniform items on hand at CFOT. If you are already a candidate you can access our inventory of uniform supplies by clicking here. You will need to enter the password supplied by the candidates department for this page on the CFOT website (same password as for the candidates memorandum).
What attractions are there around Winnipeg?
Click here to see a list of interesting things to see and do around Winnipeg.
What shopping is close to the residence / CFOT?
Click here to view a list of shopping centres.
What do cadets do to relieve stress?
Click here to get a list of ideas for much needed stress relief!
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