Royal Army Chaplains' Department

Royal Army Chaplains' Department

Royal Army Chaplains' Department

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The Royal Army Chaplains' Department (RAChD) is an all-officer corps that provides ordained clergy to minister to the British Army.

As of 2007, there are about 280 serving regular chaplains (commonly known as "padres") in the British Army; these can belong to either one of several Christian churches, or to the Jewish faith, although currently all chaplains are Christian. Uniquely within the British Army, the Royal Army Chaplains' Department has two cap badges, for its Christian and Jewish officers. There are also chaplains in the Territorial Army and the Army Cadet Force.

Army chaplains, although they are all commissioned officers of the British Army and wear uniform, do not carry arms (and are the only officers not to carry swords on parade). At services on formal occasions, chaplains wear their medals and decorations on their clerical robes (many chaplains have been decorated for bravery in action, including three Victoria Crosses).

The RAChD's motto is "In Hoc Signo Vinces" "In this Sign You will Conquer". As seen in the sky before the battle of Milvian bridge by the Roman Emperor Constantine. Its regimental march, both quick and slow, is the Prince of Denmark's March, erroneously known as the Trumpet Voluntary.

From 1946 until 1996, the RAChD's Headquarters, Depot and Training Centre were at Bagshot Park in Surrey, now the home of the Earl and Countess of Wessex. In 1996, they moved to the...
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