Military Provost Guard Service at RAF Marham

Military Provost Guard Service at RAF Marham

Military Provost Guard Service at RAF Marham

Or thinking of leaving in the near future?

Military Provost Guard Service at RAF Marham

When you leave the service, you leave behind not just a career but a lifestyle, and a family, camaraderie, friendships, traditions and discipline. For some it’s a welcome change of pace of life and they want nothing more than to leave their uniform and all that it represents behind them, but for many it’s a hard act to follow. The prospect of finding work and maintaining a job within a civilian company is both daunting and a worrying experience.

The Military Provost Guard Service gives ex-servicemen and women the chance of a second career, a career that is stable, secure and a career in uniform. It offers individuals the chance to forge new friendships with colleagues across the UK, working alongside the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force. There are over 2000 M.P.G.S. soldiers serving on over 80 units. The Army are looking to double that figure over the next few years; this could be an opportunity for you.


Age; Recruits must be over 18 years and under 52 years of age on re-enlistment.

Personnel must have served at least three years in any Arm of Service including the reserve forces, TA, RAF Auxiliary or RN Reserve.

Gap since leaving Service; You should have less than a six year gap between previous service and re-enlistment (unless you have completed other forms of comparable service, police, prison service etc).

You should be medically fit, have a satisfactory or above discharge assessment and have a Body Mass Index below 36.

Previous Service Check:
Your previous service records will be checked and final authorisation to proceed with the application must be given by MPGS (Manning and Career Management) Glasgow.

You will receive a competitive rate of pay and pension comparable with the civilian world. Rates of pay start at Private (Level 4) salary of approx £17,154.

If you have served for the complete 22 years regular service you will continue to receive your full pension until you progress to the point that your pension and MPGS pay equal the salary of your last day of service. If you have not completed 22 years service then your service with the MPGS adds to the years of your regular service, up to the age of 55 years.

Work pattern:
Most sites work a 4 on, 4 off shift pattern of days and nights. This can be either 4x days followed by 4 off, 4x nights followed by 4 off, or 2x days, 2x nights followed by 4 off. You are also required to attend 1x training day each month.

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 into 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 Service Families Accommodation or Single Soldier Accommodation at the same rates as Regular Servicepersons.

You are entitled to 30 days leave a year, April – March. Or two and a half days each working month.

All MPGS Soldiers are trained at the Defence College of Policing and Guarding, Southwick Park, Fareham, Hampshire. The MPGS course takes 12 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 areas of Phase 1 Basic Training such as foot drill, room inspections and parades.

Your training will cover:
Powers of Arrest
Powers of Search
Use of Force
Patrolling Techniques
Incident Handling
Control Room Duties.

If you have any question’s about the MPGS at RAF Marham or the MPGS in general please feel free to phone me on ext 7622.

For more information about the MPGS in general please go onto their web site at
Applications to join the MPGS are on-line.

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