God’s Cadets – BBC1

To become a Salvation Army officer, cadets must shed the skin of their old lives, promise to reject treasures on Earth in favour of true spiritual gifts and commit to “care for the poor, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, love the unlovable, and befriend those who have no friends.”

God’s Cadets – Joining the Salvation Army, True Vision (Poor Kids, Golden Oldies) takes us inside the training college for this most distinctive of British institutions, as we meet the individuals and families who give up their jobs and leave their homes to work full time for ‘The Army’ for just £7,500 a year.

The uniforms, rank structure and brass bands are as much as part of Army life as social work with the homeless, prostitutes, trafficked women and addicts.

This subtle and sensitive film also explores the universal questions of virtue, faith, doubt and the nature of salvation. As the new recruits adjust to the strict code and unwritten rules of this deeply institutionalised organization, we hear their stories of God's personal calling, the transformation that led them to take this leap of faith, and the doubts they face.

Directed and produced by Nick Poyntz

Executive producer Brian Woods

 

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