Military Provost Guard Service

About Us

The Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS) provides professional soldiers to meet armed security requirements at Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and other Ministry of Defence bases in Great Britain. Our primary role is to counter the terrorist threat posed to military bases in Great Britain.

Our 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. Our 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 opportunities for promotion to Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, and Warrant Officer Class Two rank at some sites. Given the size of the MPGS, a number of Warrant Officer Class One 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.

Stationed at over 100 sites, we have our own Military Local Service Contract which allows soldiers to choose where they wish to serve, providing there is a vacancy.


Age: You must be over 18 years and under 57 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 10 years gap for those that previously held the rank of substantive Corporal 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.

Please note you will also need to have a full UK driving licence with less than eight penalty points.

MPGS and You


MPGS soldiers receive rates of pay in accordance with JSP 754, Chapter 4, Section 9 and Service Personnel Policy Directed Pay Letters. All ex-service personnel on re-enlistment into the MPGS will be granted a maximum of three years antedated seniority which will allow them to enter the MPGS Other Ranks Rates at OR2-05 (£24,238.80).


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 60 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 five 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 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 three 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).

MPGS feature on the Digital Transfer mobile app for serving Army personnel. This can be accessed on Defence Gateway through the Career Management Portal. Serving personnel can also access the MPGS Defence Connect group (

All other applicants:

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

Contact us

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