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Military Provost Guard Service

The Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS) provides professional soldiers to meet armed security requirements at Royal Navy, Army, RAF and other MOD bases in Great Britain.

Stationed at 105 sites, the MPGS have their own Military Local Service Contract which allows soldiers to choose where they wish to serve, providing there is a vacancy.

From this website you will be able to discover more about the MPGS, as well as look at our current recruitment opportunities.


The role of the MPGS

The primary role of the MPGS is to counter the terrorist threat posed to military bases in Great Britain through the provision of armed guarding services.

MPGS duties include:

  • Controlling entry and exit to a site.
  • Managing control room operations and ensuring all visitors are dealt with efficiently.
  • Patrolling site perimeters and taking necessary action to preserve perimeter security.
  • Security incident management, such as suspicious packages, bomb threats, protests, etc.
  • Military Working Dog services at some sites.

The MPGS is part of the Provost Branch of the Adjutant General's Corps and is under the direction of Provost Marshal (Army), who is the Director and Head of Service. MPGS units are formed under the command of their respective Head of Establishment, with Provost Marshal (Army) maintaining technical standards through annual inspections.

Each MPGS unit has a structured rank system that provides opportunity for promotion to Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, and Warrant Officer Level 2 rank at some sites. Given the size of the MPGS, a number of Warrant Officer Level 1 opportunities exist across the country. Promotion is based on merit and uses the same system of annual performance appraisal in line with the current Tri-Service guidance for appraisal reporting.

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