Today we’re blogging about a question that’s always bugged us that we’ve recently found the answer to – why do the Salvation Army wear uniforms for work? Have you ever wondered the same, when you’ve noticed them whilst out shopping in town, for instance?
Initially it started when the Christian movement took on a military character, in the early days of Salvationism. Now, uniforms work for the Salvation Army because they give a clear guide to onlookers that the wearer is a Christian and is available for religious discussion or instruction. Uniform work is generally associated with help and assistance, and this association is useful for the Salvationist movement, showing they are available to serve others.
Another crucial job that a uniform does, not only for the Salvation Army but for all uniformed professions, is make the wearer feel part of a team, and part of something that is bigger than themselves. The more observant among you will have noticed that Army uniforms, while having a basic style, have a number of accoutrements such as epaulettes and badges. Similar to other work roles, these denote whether the wearer is an officer or soldier, and which corps they are a member of.
We hope that this blog has helped some of you who have wondered about the origins of the Salvation Army’s dress. The Salvation Army brass band are actually playing at a friend’s wedding in July – I’ll report back on how they look in their uniforms!