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The Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS) is a service responsible for maintaining security at British Armed Forces sites in the United Kingdom. It is one of three parts of the Adjutant General's Corps Provost Branch (the other two parts being the Royal Military Police and the Military Provost Staff). The whole Provost branch is the responsibility of the Provost Marshal who is a Brigadier from the Royal Military Police.

The MPGS was formed in the wake of structural changes (Strategic Defence Review) of the Armed Forces and the increased threat of terrorism.

The aim of the MPGS is to rationalise guarding arrangements at sites where service personnel normally live and work. The MPGS replaces previously civilian held duties with highly trained, experienced and armed soldiers. The MPGS often works with the civilian (and unarmed) Ministry of Defence Guard Service (MGS).

Due to defence cuts in 2009 and the reduced threat against service establishments in the UK the MPGS's role and recruitment was frozen[citation needed].

Operational role

The MPGS's duties include:

  • Controlling entry and exit access to a site
  • Managing control room operations and dealing with visitors
  • Patrolling site perimeters and taking necessary action to preserve perimeter security

To join the MPGS, applicants must have served for at least three years on a previous engagement in any arm or service, including the Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Marines Reserve, Territorial Army, Royal Auxiliary Air Force and must have completed that service within six years of application to the MPGS, unless they have relevant service in the Police or HM Prison Service since leaving the armed forces. To join you have to re-enlist into the Regular British Army on a Local Service Engagement, 3 year contracts.


Royal Navy
Royal Marines
  • Arbroath
  • Bickleigh
  • Lympstone
  • Chivenor
  • Poole
British Army
  • Bulford
  • Royal Citadel, Plymouth
  • Edinburgh
  • Catterick Garrison
  • Harrogate
  • Chilwell
  • Donnington
  • Lichfield
  • Bramcote
  • Kineton
  • Bassingbourn
  • Wimbish
  • South Cerney
  • Shrivenham
  • Didcot
  • Hermitage
  • Arborfield
  • Sandhurst
  • Mytchett
  • Kneller Hall
  • Brawdy
  • Worthy Down
  • ATR Winchester
  • ATC Pirbright
  • Upavon
  • Colerne
  • Warminster
  • Netheravon
  • Wilton
  • Middle Wallop
  • Blandford
  • Bovington
  • Norton Manor
  • Chatham
Royal Air Force

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