Why the Uniform?
The Salvation Army uniform remains one of the organizations most recognizable attributes. The uniform readily identifies the Officer as someone who you can seek help or pray with. We are honored to wear them as an outward sign of our calling, to care for the lost, feed the hungry, and comfort the hurting. They remind us that we represent something larger than ourselves. We are an Army on the front lines and we’re fighting with love.
William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army said “we are a volunteer army” in 1878. As such, The Salvation Army is designed with officers in leadership. Though we started as volunteers, over the last 150 years, The Salvation Army has grown into a multinational organization with volunteers, full-time staff and officers that serve those most in need.