MOD Guard Service

The MGS plays a vital role supporting MOD security. To achieve our goals we need dedicated highly motivated people with diverse backgrounds, experience and skills.

What we do

The MOD Guard Service (MGS) provides unarmed guarding services at over 100 sites across the MOD estate in England, Scotland and Wales. This includes high profile locations such as MOD Main Building in London and Her Majesty’s Naval Bases at Portsmouth, Devonport and Faslane in Scotland.

The MGS employs around 2,000 operational and support staff (who are all civil servants), managed by a Head Office located at MOD Lyneham in Wiltshire. The MGS are usually the first point of contact with the MOD for employees, visitors and contractors and prides itself on its customer focused culture, built on its core values of honesty, integrity, professionalism and efficiency.

The MGS offer a range of services to meet customer needs. These include:

  • access control
  • security searches
  • patrolling including dog patrols
  • control room management including CCTV and alarm monitoring
  • conference and event security
  • first aid
  • fire marshals

The MGS works closely with other security partners to provide, when appropriate, a fully integrated security solution for the site

Our training

Security officers in the MOD Guard Service benefit from industry leading training, and are supported by management processes that are externally audited to the National Inspectorate Gold Standard.

We take pride in our quality of service and we are dedicated to providing our staff are given the highest standard of training and offered the best available development opportunities to ensure that standard is maintained. All operational staff must complete mandatory functional training associated with their role and responsibilities.

The MGS invests heavily in its in-house training and is accredited to provide BTEC and British Safety Council qualifications. We are proud that our efforts have been recognised by the prestigious National Training Awards. All our training professionals are CiPD qualified.

There are a range of development opportunities both within the MGS and wider MOD, with the opportunity to progress into management positions.

Read our MGS workforce development team charter (PDF, 96.4KB)

New entrant requirements

All new entrants must be medically fit and will be subject to security vetting. All new entrants must also pass a selection interview.

Working hours and leave

Most operational officers work shifts, working on average 42 hours per week. Leave allowance is 25 days per year, rising to 30 days after 5 years service plus 9 days public and privilege holidays.

How to apply

If you would like to view all current vacancies in the MGS and the wider Civil Service, please visit the Civil Service Job portal.

Published 12 December 2012
Last updated 22 February 2018 + show all updates
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