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MPGS Recruitment


Age: You must be over 18 years and under 52 years of age at re-enlistment.

Background: You must have served for at least three years on a previous engagement in any Arm or Service, including Army Reserve, RAF Auxiliary and RN Reserve.

Gap since leaving Service: You should have less than a six year gap for all ranks and up to ten years gap for those that previously held the rank of substantive Cpl or above from your previous service and re-enlistment (unless you have completed other forms of comparable service).

Fitness eligibility: You must be medically fit and have a Body Mass Index below 32.

Previous Service Check: Your previous service records will be checked and final authorisation to proceed with the application must be given by the Army Personnel Centre.


MPGS soldiers receive rates of pay in accordance with JSP 754, Ch 4, Sect 9 and Service Personnel Policy Directed Pay Letters. All ex-service personnel on re-enlistment into the MPGS will be granted a maximum of 3 years antedated seniority which will allow them to enter the NEM structure at OR2-3 (£18,523.80).


Unlike the rest of the Armed Forces, you serve at a unit of your choice and your movement is restricted to a 30 mile radius of that unit. You can opt to serve at this unit for the duration of your MPGS career, or choose to move locations. You may, for a maximum of 30 days a year, serve outside of this area. This is mainly for training and personal development courses, but occasionally to provide temporary cover at another site.


You will re-enlist to the Army on a Military Local Service Engagement (MLSE). This provides you with a three-year renewable contract, by mutual agreement, up to the age of 55 years. Your only commitment is to serve for one year, after which you may give 90 days notice to discharge.


You will be entitled to take up Service Families Accommodation or Single Soldier Accommodation, at the same rates as any other Regular Serviceperson. However, you are not entitled to Substitute Service Single Accommodation (SSSA).


You will be entitled to 38 working days leave a year.


All MPGS Soldiers are trained at the Defence School of Policing and Guarding, Southwick Park, Fareham, Hampshire.

The Defence Guarding Specialist Course lasts 5 days, and is designed to provide you with the knowledge and understanding required of a professional armed security guard. The course takes account of your previous service history and, therefore, does not replicate many of the areas of Phase 1 Basic Training, such as foot drill, room inspections and parades.

The Security element of the training includes:

  • Powers of arrest
  • Powers of search
  • Use of force
  • Patrolling techniques
  • Incident handling

Control Room training covers:

  • Notebook instruction
  • Maintenance of Occurrence Books
  • Maintenance of Security Registers
  • Processing Telephone Calls
  • Accounting for Security Equipment

Recruits will also undergo unit level training, including:

  • Weapons Handling
  • Marksmanship, including live firing
  • Judgmental Assessment


Applicants for transfer: If you have more than 3 months left on your current contract you can transfer into the MPGS. Please consult your RCMO or Career Manager and refer them to AGAI Volume 2, Chapter 43, Part 9: Adjutant General's Corps - Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS).

All other applicants: Please register and apply online at the Army Recruiting Website, or call 0845 600 8080 for more details.


There are currently 105 MPGS locations across the UK at which you could serve. 

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