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Military Corrective Training Centre (MCTC)

The MCTC is an establishment that provides corrective training for those servicemen and women sentenced to periods of detention; it is not a prison.

The principal function of the MCTC is to detain personnel, both male and female, of the three Services and civilians subject to the Armed Forces Act, in accordance with the provisions of the Service Custody and Service of Relevant Sentences Rules 2009 (SCSRSR 09).

The MCTC takes servicemen and women who have been sentenced to periods of detention from 14 days to 2 years. There are 3 categories of detainees:

•Those from the RN, RM, British Army and RAF who are to remain in the Services after sentence and will serve their detention in A Company.

•Those from the RN, RM, British Army and RAF who are to be discharged after their sentence and will serve their detention in D Company.

•Those held in Military custody either awaiting the outcome of an investigation, or awaiting HM Prison or YOI placement.

The categories of detainees defined above are kept separate throughout their detention. Up to 264 detainees can be held at the MCTC. The MCTC has extensive Military Training facilities and an Education Wing that includes trade training.



The Military Corrective Training Centre (MCTC), in Colchester was formerly a wartime Prisoner of War Camp No 186 and is the only surviving Military Establishment following the closure of MCTC Stonecutters Island in Hong Kong in 1976.

The foundations for the rebuild of the MCTC, as it looks today, were laid in 1983 and the detainees moved into the new accommodation in 1986. In 1988, the official opening of MCTC Colchester was carried out by the then Secretary of State for Defence, The Right Hon George Younger MP.

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