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    MissKitty
    MPGS - What's it Like??
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    • 10th Jan 12, 9:28 PM
    MPGS - What's it Like?? 10th Jan 12 at 9:28 PM
    Hi all

    Someone in my family is just about to leave the army after 24 years service and is thinking about joining the Military Provist Guard Service (MPGS).

    I was wondering if there is any ex soldiers out there that are currently in the MPGS that could pass on a bit of advice.

    The starting pay is only 18,237.48 so quiet a drop from SNCO levels.
    How quick is it to get through the ranks and what's the job like? has anyone else found it hard leaving the army and taking such a big pay cut? I know my family member has a pension to top up the pay so that helps a bit.

    Does anyone have any experience of how long it takes APC Glasgow to get through your application and hopefully offer you a job?

    Any advice for my family member would be appreciated.
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    • mark2jag
    • By mark2jag 3rd Sep 13, 6:34 PM
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    mark2jag
    MGS gone, err NO, where did you hear that guff.
    MGS are NOT gone, they are being reduced but not gone. I am in the process of applying for an MPGS post as I have served before. I'm currently in the MGS and have just accepted my Voluntary early release(basically they give you a large ish sum of money to go and do something else not civil service). I'm not sure at the moment if joining the MPGS means I will have to give my lump sum payment back, but Im hoping that as the Army pension has no relation to a civil service pension I should be ok and allowed to keep my lump sum, and then proceed to my MPGS job. Hoping they get things moving and let me know asap, as I am only in my job until last day of March 2014, after that , I'll have to do something else. Any one know whether I will have to give my VERS back if I join the MPGS?? If you do then a PM to me would be most appreciated.


    Mark.
  • markwatson99
    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.
  • Andyjr86
    I'm currently serving in the MPGS. I would highly recommend this job to any ex-serving forces.
    • suvla
    • By suvla 8th Mar 14, 6:17 PM
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    suvla
    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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    • Relliott6879
    • By Relliott6879 15th Dec 14, 11:13 AM
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    Relliott6879
    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!
  • markwatson99
    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!
    Originally posted by Relliott6879
    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!
  • markwatson99
    I'm currently serving in the MPGS. I would highly recommend this job to any ex-serving forces.
    Originally posted by Andyjr86
    Where are u based mate?
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