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Military Provost Staff

The Military Provost Staff (MPS) Regiment are the Armed Forces Detention Specialists providing custody and detention, advice, inspection and surety within custodial establishments. We are under direct command of the Provost Marshal (Army) and are based primarily at the Military Corrective Training Centre (MCTC) at Colchester, and within Service Custody Facilities located throughout the UK and Northern Ireland. From here, we can deploy regularly in support of operations.

 

About Us

We are distinct from our civilian counterparts in HM Prison Service as we are manned wholly by volunteer transfers from the Armed Services. Our main task is to provide rehabilitation training within a secure environment, for Service personnel who are either to be retained in the Service or to be dismissed.

The manning of the detention companies within the MCTC and Service Custody Facilities, and the provision of Corrective Training and Rehabilitation to service personnel under sentence, is our main role at home. We also provide a custodial service to the Forces conducting mandatory inspections of Unit custody facilities and providing CPERS training.

Critically we provide operational support through the provision of advice on CPERS handling through the Provost staff.

The MPS Regiment is a hybrid Regiment consisting of Regular and Reserve Soldiers. We are looking for motivated and committed individuals to join a unique, necessary and distinctive team.

Internal Transfer

Applicants must have:

Corporal

  • JMES grade of MFD (Med MLD may be accepted on a case by case basis)
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Numeracy & Literacy
  • ESOL Lite Pass for non-English speaking soldiers in Listening & Speaking
  • Completed JNCO CLM Part 1 or ADLP Cpl
  • Provost Security Vetting Status prior to commencing DSC
  • Completed 6 years reckonable service at point of transfer
  • 3 years residual service remaining at point of transfer

Sergeant

  • JMES grade of MFD (Med MLD may be accepted on a case by case basis)
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Numeracy & Literacy
  • ESOL Lite Pass for non-English speaking soldiers in Listening & Speaking
  • Completed SNCO CLM Part 1
  • Provost Security Vetting Status prior to commencing DSC
  • Completed 6 years reckonable service at point of transfer
  • 3 years residual service remaining at point of transfer

Re-joiner

Applicants must have:

Corporal

  • JMES grade of MFD (Med MLD may be accepted on a case by case basis)
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Numeracy & Literacy
  • ESOL Lite Pass for non-English speaking soldiers in Listening & Speaking
  • JNCO CLM Part 1
  • Provost Security Vetting Status prior to re-enlistment
  • Re-enlisted within 3 years of leaving the service (longer periods of absence may be considered on a case by case basis)

Sergeant

  • JMES grade of MFD (Med MLD may be accepted on a case by case basis)
  • Functional Skills level 2 in Numeracy & Literacy
  • ESOL Lite Pass for non-English speaking soldiers in Listening & Speaking
  • JNCO CLM Part 1
  • Provost Security Vetting Status prior to re-enlistment
  • Re-enlisted within 3 years of leaving the service (longer periods of absence may be considered on a case by case basis)

Reserves

Are you an EX Regular Forces NCO or prison officer, police officer, UK Border Agency or from a professional background involved in the safe and secure detention environment of vulnerable individuals?

Train to become a Military Detention Specialist, serving alongside Regular soldiers as a member of the MPS Regiment.

We are asking for the minimum training commitment of 19 days per year.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Age: 18 – 50 years old (must apply before 50th birthday)
  • Nationality: UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen
  • Health: Good general health
  • Body Mass Index (BMI):
    Male 28 – 32 (waist less then 94cm)
    Female 18 – 28 (waist less then 80cm)
  • Vetting: Army Provost Security Vetting

Unlocking Their Potential

As a Detention Specialist your role is to provide a safe, secure and enabling environment under your care. No two days are the same. You are at the forefront of supporting and mentoring those held in detention to address their offending behaviour and to become better service persons, or assist in their transition back into society.

Our role provides unique training opportunities in both the UK and overseas to develop other nations Armed Forces in the delivery of effective detention practices.

Unlocking Our Potential

Initially formed in 1901, the Military Provost Staff has continued to evolve, adapting to the needs of the services and providing enduring operational support.

As the Defence Subject Matter Experts in Detention the MPS Regt can teach you detention skills, but your previous experiences, knowledge and beliefs are key in the shaping of our Regiment, and more importantly that function we provide Defence.

The diversity of the detainees must be matched by diverse and genuine staff. Inspiring, Developing and Supporting everyone held in detention.

Unlocking Your Potential

The Regiment needs proactive, positive and professional JNCOs to join our unique and rewarding team. We have all left our previous capbadges to pursue  new challenges within the MPS Regiment.

No two days are the same and you will be responsible for the daily management of persons who have committed offences, and quite often have unresolved issues that require attention and support. 

A competitive career pipeline provides for a full and rich career with opportunities to deploy on Short Term Training Teams abroad, attend military courses of your choice and when reaching SNCO you could specialise in fields such as Use of Force, Safer Custody and Mental Health First Aid to name just a few.  

Our commitment to you is key and is reflecting in the opportunity to gain a Level 3 apprenticeship qualification in Custody and Detention which is recognised across the civilian custodial sector.

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Military Corrective Training Centre

The Military Corrective Training Centre 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.

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MPS Recruitment

We are looking for a distinctive set of skills; skills you have acquired over several years in your military career – do you think you have what it takes to become a Detention Specialist and Unlock potential? Then why not get in touch -