Military Provost Guard Service CS95 Shirt

My thanks go to Andrew Dearlove who very kindly gave me this CS95 combat shirt a few months back:


I will not go into details of the shirt itself, as we have covered the CS95 pattern a number of times before. Of interest to us tonight is the insignia on the sleeves of the shirt. On the right sleeve is a tactical recognition flash with the letters MPGS:

This stands for the Military Provost Guard Service, who are responsible for maintaining physical security at British Armed Forces locations throughout Great Britain. It is one of three constituent units of the Adjutant General’s Corps Provost Branch and 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 armed soldiers.

The MPGS’s duties include:

• Controlling entry and exit access to a site

• Managing control room operations and ensuring all visitors are dealt with efficiently

• Patrolling site perimeters and taking necessary action to preserve perimeter security

• Security incident management, such as suspicious packages, bomb threats, protests, etc.

• Military Working Dog services at some sites.

To join the MPGS, applicants must have served for at least three years in any arm or service, including the Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Marines Reserve, Territorial Army, and Royal Auxiliary Air Force. They 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, they have to re-enlist into the Regular British Army on a Military Local Service Engagement (MLSE). The MLSE is a form of engagement which is ideally suited to use by the MPGS. The MLSE is renewable on a three-yearly basis providing the soldier continues to meet the requirements and standards of the service, as well as there being a continued need for MPGS soldiers at that particular unit.

There are 26 police constabularies that currently have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Military Provost Guard Service in respect of the legal authority for carrying firearms on UK roads.

On the opposite sleeve is a TRF with a white swan on a black background:

This is the flash for the 30th Signals Regiment which is based at Bramcote. The Army’s website back in 2017 described the unit as:

Based in Bramcote, Warwickshire, provides out of area strategic communications to Land and Joint Task Force operations. The Regiment consists of four field Sqns, 244, 250, 256 and 258 Sig Sqns which are in turn supported by a fifth Support Sqn. Members of the Regiment regularly deploy to different theatres throughout the world, in support of both Operations and Exercises. Currently members of the Regiment are serving in Afghanistan, The Persian Gulf, West Africa, Falkland Islands, USA, Canada, Kenya and Cyprus supporting numerous Operations and Exercises. Leading elements of the Regiment are kept at a high state of readiness so that they can deploy at short notice to anywhere in the world. Deployed services include the provision of Strategic Headquarters, satellite and HF communications as well as deployed computer networks and tactical radio. 30 Signal Regiment has been involved in the majority of operations conducted by UK Forces since it was reformed in 1951. The Commanding Officer of 30th Signal Regiment is also the Commander of the Queen’s Gurkha Signals.

The combination of these two TRFs suggests the original owner worked at Bramcote on base security and was thus entitled to wear both the TRF of his parent unit the MPGS and the TRF of the unit he was assigned to, the 30th Signals Regiment.

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