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MPGS - What's it Like??

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in UK Armed Forces MoneySaving
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  • It will be Kitty, complete with moans, groans and green.

    Well not so much green.

    I don't know if your hubby had the new issue uniform before he left.

    Words of warning to anyone issued it or who launders it.

    Wash it seperate from anything else.

    Do not wash it with sock, slinky underwear, bra's or anything you like really.

    This new kit is Velco mad & once your smalls have embedded them selves onto this military strength velco it is impossible to remove them with out snagging them.

    I read of one woman in the AFJ who caught her hubby going to work with her knickers hanging from his jacket LOL
  • MissKittyMissKitty Forumite
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    It will be Kitty, complete with moans, groans and green.

    Well not so much green.

    I don't know if your hubby had the new issue uniform before he left.

    Words of warning to anyone issued it or who launders it.

    Wash it seperate from anything else.

    Do not wash it with sock, slinky underwear, bra's or anything you like really.

    This new kit is Velco mad & once your smalls have embedded them selves onto this military strength velco it is impossible to remove them with out snagging them.

    I read of one woman in the AFJ who caught her hubby going to work with her knickers hanging from his jacket LOL

    That's a really useful bit of info, thanks for the heads up, I think I will be washing it seperately.

    No he didn't have the new uniform before he left, I'm not keen on it, I prefer the old style. We also just got rid of all the army kit from our loft only to get some back again!!
  • sarahtxxsarahtxx Forumite
    19 posts
    hi all.. i have been following this for a few weeks now as my other half applied april 23rd and he left the navy april 28th.. i was just wondering misskitty if they took your husbands appliaction from january or if it just sat there till april when he actually left the army, the day he applied they sent him to his doc to sign a medical sheet saying he was fit for mpgs so as with everyone else its a waiting game.. he put for hampshire, kent and london
  • MissKittyMissKitty Forumite
    89 posts
    sarahtxx wrote: »
    hi all.. i have been following this for a few weeks now as my other half applied april 23rd and he left the navy april 28th.. i was just wondering misskitty if they took your husbands appliaction from january or if it just sat there till april when he actually left the army, the day he applied they sent him to his doc to sign a medical sheet saying he was fit for mpgs so as with everyone else its a waiting game.. he put for hampshire, kent and london
    Hi Sarah

    My husband didn't leave the army until 16th April this year but he did his final medical in January and all the paperwork was sent to Glasgow via the Army Careers Office in January.

    He was told that you have a 1 month cooling off period so you cant start in the MPGS until at least 1 month after your army leave date. It may well be something to do with their pensions kicking in, I'm not quiet sure. So I guess his application has been in Glasgow since January but they wouldn't of processed it till after his leave date in April.

    I think it is just a case of waiting, from what people have said on here and other army personnel I have talked to, the team in Glasgow that deals with the applications is small and I expect they have many to go through.

    From the time my husband left the army to his start date in the MPGS, in just over a weeks time, it will be 3 months wait for him.

    I understand how you feel as it's the not knowing anything that is frustrating. Tell your husband to make sure he calls his AFCO at least once a month for an update and so they know he is still waiting, as other stories on here have shown it's easy for applications to slip through the net if their not monitored.

    Good luck, hope hubby gets in soon, keep us updated.
  • hello all,
    After 3 months of frustration and several trips and phone calls to the AFCO, I thought about browsing the web for advice from anyone else and was glad that I found this forum and that there is a lot of good people in the same boat as me.
    I left 18 months ago and have senior manager job in a high street store, but the salary is only just above the starting MPGS wage and the job really is not that good. I have no debt, ties or commitments and have put down that I will move anywhere.
    After reading the threads on here I am unsure how the process will pan out. It sounds like there is a mixed bag of both good and bad news!!!!:laugh:
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  • montymudmontymud Forumite
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    The MPGS is fab IMO. Although a lot of it is stagging on you get training days twice a month where you go to the ranges etc. Also, once in the MPGS if you decide to transfer back to the regulars that is tottaly possible. I would say go for it. It is a long old process but worthwhile as you are unlikely to find that sort of pay and benefits on civvy street. Good luck

  • Thanks for the reply montymud.

    I am really looking forward to joining the MPGS, because what it has to offer really suits me down to the ground. It is the process that is frustrating. I have had my interviews, medical etc and I am prepared to slog it out, but the AFCO and staff do not fill me with much confidence.
    I have just had 2 days off and went into the AFCO, they did not know anything about the MOD police being disbanded or the increase in MPGS numbers and sites.
    Oh, and by the way there is still no news about my application. I just have to wait some more, again!!!!!
  • MissKittyMissKitty Forumite
    89 posts
    insignia59 wrote: »
    hello all,
    After 3 months of frustration and several trips and phone calls to the AFCO, I thought about browsing the web for advice from anyone else and was glad that I found this forum and that there is a lot of good people in the same boat as me.
    I left 18 months ago and have senior manager job in a high street store, but the salary is only just above the starting MPGS wage and the job really is not that good. I have no debt, ties or commitments and have put down that I will move anywhere.
    After reading the threads on here I am unsure how the process will pan out. It sounds like there is a mixed bag of both good and bad news!!!!:laugh:

    Hang on in there, I'm sure your application will get through soon. My hubby was in the same boat not so long ago and it's really frustrating, but they will get to your application, just keep pestering your AFCO so they know your still interested.

    The benefits that come with the MPGS are really good compared to civvy street, my hubby was only out 3 months and it wasn't easy. He sent off loads of job applications and heard nothing from most places, there is so much competition out there.

    My hubby has been in a week now, lots of training and admin going on, but he doesn't mind. It's a good secure job where you also have the chance to progress and make your way up the ranks again. The pay is pretty good when you start to move up so it cant be that bad.

    Good luck insignia, keep us all updated.
  • thank you Miss Kitty

    I am keeping the faith and holding on, and waiting, but as you are aware and know, the not knowing and waiting is so frustrating.
    I am lucky that I am in employment at the moment, but am really looking forward to getting back in the military environment.
    Nobody I work with knows anything about the army, most of my friends are abroad, family live other side of the country.
    I am holding out and staying positive, but I still feel that a lot of people are being missed out or lost because of this procedure and the AFCO staff are not the most proactive or dynamic.
    Guess what? Still waiting!!!!!!!!!!
  • chinwagchinwag Forumite
    4 posts
    I've a mate who's MPGS. He tells me they were about to set out on a huge recruitment drive but it has been scaled back. The idea was to expand and offer almost 1-1 transfers with no loss of rank, etc. However, the recent MoD announcements have put paid to this due to the anticipated influx of prospective applicants... Just Guardroom rumour-mill AFAIK, but sounds about right. You may have a bit of a wait yet, sorry.
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