Mission Statement of the College for Officer Training

The mission of the College for Officer Training is to develop men and women, in knowledge, capabilities, spirit, and character, who will be able to sustain and advance the mission of The Salvation Army in the salvation of the world.

Expanded Definition of the CFOT Mission

To this end, the commissioned officer should possess the character and skills necessary to seek the lost and bring them to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ; to bring the convert to membership in a local corps; to teach and train soldiers and volunteers for involvement in the Army's ministry of service; to teach, preach and model the eternal truths of God's Word; to secure and manage the resources required in the Army's salvation enterprise; and to advance the Army's interest in and service to the local community.

The development of such skills is to be achieved by a combination of classroom instruction and supervised field training experiences.  The formation of such character comes about by capitalizing upon opportunities for corporate worship, group and private prayer, spiritual guidance and instruction, and accountability to mentors and spiritual advisors.

Inasmuch as a cadet is a Salvationist called by God to serve as an officer of The Salvation Army, who has demonstrated potential for leadership and has been found to possess those qualities of mind and heart which recommend that cadet for officership, the following goals pertain to his/her training period:

  1. To provide a disciplined Christian environment designed to foster personal growth and maturity, self-discipline, and acceptance of authority.
  2. To provide a program intended to promote the personal spiritual development of cadets.
  3. To provide for the evaluation of the development in cadets of basic leadership characteristics, self-motivation, positive self-esteem, and a clear sense of identity as Salvation Army officers.
  4. To provide academic instruction in accordance with the National Curriculum Statement with a view to bringing cadets to an acceptable level of academic achievement, providing a foundation of understanding and tools for learning.
  5. To provide practical field experience as "on site" training in Salvation Army methods and procedures.
  6. To provide a comprehensive program of services including counseling, health care, family care, food, adequate and appropriate housing, and official transportation, individual counseling/mentoring, and personal fitness.