The Adjutant General's Corps was formed on 1 April 1992 and its sole task is
the management of the Army's most precious resource, its soldiers.
Corps absorbed the functions of six existing smaller corps; the Royal
Military Police, the Royal Army Pay Corps, the Royal Army Educational
Corps, the Royal Army Chaplains Department, the Army Legal Corps and the
Military Provost Staff Corps.
The Corps is organised into four branches, Staff and Personnel Support
(SPS), Provost (PRP), Educational and Training Services (ETS) and Army Legal
During early 2009 the AGC
consisted of over 5,669 officers and soldiers allocated as follows:
|Personnel Totals - Adjutant
|Provost (Royal Military Police)
|Staff and Personnel Support Branch (SPS)
and Training Services
THE ROLE OF SPS BRANCH
(Staff and Personnel Support)
The role of the SPS Branch is to ensure the efficient and smooth
delivery of personnel administration to the Army. This includes support to
individual officers and soldiers in units, by processing pay and Service
documentation, first line provision of financial, welfare, education and
resettlement guidance to individuals and the provision of clerical skills
and information management, to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the
unit or department.
AGC (SPS) officers are employed throughout the Army, in direct support
of units as Regimental Administrative Officers or AGC Detachment
Commanders. They hold Commander AGC (SPS) and SO2 AGC (SPS) posts in
district/Divisional and Brigade HQs and fill posts at the Adjutant
General's Information Centre (AGIC) and general staff appointments
throughout the Army headquarters locations.
AGC (SPS) soldiers are employed as Military Clerks in direct support of
units within the AGC Field Detachments, in fixed centre pay offices, in
headquarters to provide staff support and in miscellaneous posts, such as
embassy clerks, as management accountants or in AGIC as programmer
The principal functional tasks of AGC (SPS) personnel on operations are:
a. The maintenance of Field
Records, including the soldier's Record of Service, casualty reporting and
b. Clerical and staff support
to Battlegroup HQs and independent Sub Units such as Engineer and
c. The issue of pay and
allowances to personnel
d. The maintenance of Imprest
Accounts (the MoD Public Accounts) which involves paying local suppliers
for services, receiving cash from non-Army agencies such as NAAFI and
Forces Post Office receipts.
e. The deployment of a Field
Records Cell which co-ordinates all personnel administration in the field.
f. AGC (SPS) personnel play a
full part in operational duties by undertaking such tasks as local defence, guards and command post duties. In addition, Command Officers can
employ any soldier in their unit as they see fit and may require AGC (SPS)
personnel to undertake appropriate additional training to allow them to be
used in some specialist roles specific to the unit, or as radio operators
The majority of AGC(SPS)
soldiers, currently about 70% serving with field force units, with the
remaining 30% in base and training units or HQs, such as the MoD.
Members of AGC (SPS) are first trained as soldiers and then specialise
as Military Clerks. AGC (SPS) officers complete the same military training
as their counterparts in other Arms and Services, starting at the Royal
Military Academy, Sandhurst. They are required to attend all promotion
courses, such as the Junior Command and Staff Course, and to pass the
standard career exams prior to promotion to the rank of Major.