The Adjutant General's Corps (AGC) is one of the largest Corps in the British Army and provides support in the form of Military Personnel Administrators, Military Police, Military Provost Staff, Military Provost Guard Service, Educational and Training Services and Army Legal Services.
The Provost Branch of the Adjutant General's Corps includes 3 distinct organisations, the Royal Military Police, the Military Provost Staff and the Military Provost Guard Service. Each organisation has its own cap badge, history, identity and specific roles and responsibilities.
The Royal Military Police (RMP) are the Army's specialists in Investigations and Policing and are responsible for policing the military community. The Military Provost Staff are the Army's specialists in Custody and Detention, providing advice inspection and surety. The Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS) provides trained professional soldiers to meet Defence armed security requirements.
Army Legal Services
Army Legal Services is a branch of the Adjutant General's Corps. It is comprised of professionally qualified solicitors, barristers or Scottish advocates. The role of ALS is the provision of legal support to the Army.
ALS is commanded by the Director General of the Army Legal Services (DGALS).
Staff and Personnel Support
The Staff and Personnel Support (SPS) Branch is a large part of the Adjutant General’s Corps. SPS personnel are soldiers first and serve alongside and administer every Unit in the British Army, Regular and Reserve.
SPS personnel are responsible for the provision of Personnel Administration and Management Information, Financial Management (including pay, allowances, recovery of charges, accounting and audit) and Administrative Staff Support to the British Army, during peacetime and on operations. People are the Army’s most important resource and we look after all of them.
Educational and Training Services
Educational and Training Services (ETS) officers provide learning and development opportunities for serving personnel wherever they are around the world.
Education is vital to ensure that officers and soldiers are intellectually able to meet the roles of a modern technological army both in barracks and when deployed on complex and challenging operations.
ETS provides that education to Regular and Reserve Army personnel, helping them to meet the challenges of the 21st century challenges by training for certainty and educating for uncertainty.
History of the Corps
The Adjutant General's Corps was formed from the Royal Army Pay Corps, the Corps of Royal Military Police, the Military Provost Staff Corps, the Royal Army Educational Corps, the Army Legal Corps and the Staff Clerks from the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.
The clerks from the Royal Corps of Transport, The Royal Pioneer Corps and the Army Catering Corps were transferred to the Adjutant General's Corps on formation of the Royal Logistics Corps.
The clerks from all other Arms and Services were subsumed into SPS Branch.
The Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS) formed as part of Provost Branch.