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MPGS - What's it Like??

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in UK Armed Forces MoneySaving
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  • My experience is similar to many others on here. I applied last December, did all the paperwork at the AFCO, then the Sgt Major dealing with me was made redundant. The new guy didn't seem interested. When I phoned in the spring and summer I was told both times to wait, or to ring some civvies in Wiltshire, who then told me to go back and ring the AFCO. It's been a year now, and nobody seems to know what's going on. Very disheartening.
  • I'm currently serving in the MPGS. I would highly recommend this job to any ex-serving forces.
    2014...Won a pizza so far
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    I know mobs on our base have it tabs out , they work 4 days on , 4 days off (12hr shifts) think it works out nicely with leave as well take 4 days off and you've bagged nearly two weeks off hoofin for a job with little responsibility other than checking ID cards vehicle searches and camp searches I tHink not a bad wage at all still get to use gym and all the med bay dento etc still not bad I thinks good away to wind down or a nice quiet life
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    currently saved £4500 target 10k :money:
  • I am a serving SNCO and, with my 24 year exit point looming all to large on the horizon, I am naturally considering my employment options 'on the other side'. The MPGS is certainly an avenue to explore, but I seem to be unable to find much in the way of information on pensions. My specific concerns are:
    • Would I still receieve my lump sum on leaving, if I were to transfer straight across to the MPGS? As they are still part of the Army, would I be regarded as not having left? My motivation for a direct transfer would be to hopefully avoid the lengthy application delays I have read about elsewhere on this thread.
    • Noting the above, would I be better leaving in the normal manner, then applying to rejoin a few weeks down the line but risking the aforementioned delays?
    • Would I be required to surrender my lump sum if rejoining, effectively rendering the second point moot?
    • Would I receive my monthly pension in addition to my MPGS salary, or would I be ineligible due to still being employed by the Army?
    My apologies for all the questions, but I have always found it pays to thoroughly research something before jumping in!
  • I am a serving SNCO and, with my 24 year exit point looming all to large on the horizon, I am naturally considering my employment options 'on the other side'. The MPGS is certainly an avenue to explore, but I seem to be unable to find much in the way of information on pensions. My specific concerns are:
    • Would I still receieve my lump sum on leaving, if I were to transfer straight across to the MPGS? As they are still part of the Army, would I be regarded as not having left? My motivation for a direct transfer would be to hopefully avoid the lengthy application delays I have read about elsewhere on this thread.
    • Noting the above, would I be better leaving in the normal manner, then applying to rejoin a few weeks down the line but risking the aforementioned delays?
    • Would I be required to surrender my lump sum if rejoining, effectively rendering the second point moot?
    • Would I receive my monthly pension in addition to my MPGS salary, or would I be ineligible due to still being employed by the Army?
    My apologies for all the questions, but I have always found it pays to thoroughly research something before jumping in!

    Im not sure, do you have an RCMO?? I know for a fact there's a long backlog at the moment of over 500 people waiting to join...so it's not easy these days. They're getting more picky about who they let in, quite rightly!
  • Andyjr86 wrote: »
    I'm currently serving in the MPGS. I would highly recommend this job to any ex-serving forces.

    Where are u based mate?
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