Adjutant General's Corps
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Adjutant General's Corps
Adjutant General's Corps
AGC cap badge British Army.jpg
Cap Badge of the AGC
Active6 April 1992 - present
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch British Army
RoleAdministrative services
Motto(s)Animo et fide (With resolution and fidelity)
MarchQuick March. Pride of lions; Slow march. Greensleeves
Tactical Recognition FlashSPS TRF.svg

The Adjutant General's Corps is a corps in the British Army responsible for many of its general administrative services. As of 2002, the AGC had a staff of 7,000 people.


The corps was formed on 6 April 1992 through the amalgamation of several separate services:[1]


The AGC is organised into four branches:[2]

Staff & Personnel Support (SPS) Branch

The SPS is the largest branch of the Adjutant General's Corps (AGC) and provides specialist HR, Finance, Accounting and ICT support to the British Army, during peacetime and on operations. Its personnel serve alongside and administer every unit in the British Army. The branch also provides clerical support to headquarters at all levels including various departments of the MOD Head Office in Whitehall and the Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) at Northwood working alongside counterparts in the Royal Navy and RAF, as well as in divisional and brigade headquarters and at unit and sub-unit level through Land Forces. In addition to HR, administrative and clerical support, the SPS Branch also maintains the Army Welfare Service, where its small cohort of Army Welfare Workers - trained social and occupational welfare specialists - provide therapeutic support to Army personnel and their families.

AGC (SPS) and AGC (RMP) female soldiers deployed in Afghanistan often patrol with infantry soldiers in order to conduct searches where women or children could be concealing weapons including potential suicide bombers.

The AGC (SPS) was formed from the Royal Army Pay Corps and the Women's Royal Army Corps, as well as the staff clerks of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, followed by the All Arm's Clerks from the remainder of the British Army. Responsible for finance and personnel management, it also provides staff clerks to all sections of the Army, multinational formations and British Embassies and High Commissions in nearly every country of the world.

Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support Company

In 2011, Gurkha clerks and administrative personnel who, up to that point, had served under the Royal Gurkha Rifles cap badge, were brought into a single unit titled the Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support Company (GSPS Coy). Following the traditions of the Queen's Gurkha Engineers, Queen's Gurkha Signals and the Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment, the GSPS Coy has a cap badge that combines elements of both its parent corps (the AGC) and the Brigade of Gurkhas, of which it is a constituent alongside the other Gurkha units in the British Army.[3]

Provost (AGC Pro) Branch

The AGC Pro unifies two former services which, while no longer independent, retain their identities and cap badges. The Royal Military Police (RMP) is the Army's police force, while the Military Provost Staff (MPS) provides guards for military prisons. The newly formed Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS) is also part of this branch.

Educational Training and Services Branch

The ETS Branch has the responsibilities of the Royal Army Educational Corps, it is an all officer branch with around 400 serving members.

Army Legal Services

The ALS Branch provides legal advice to all levels of the Army. It retains the cap badge of the former Army Legal Corps. Prior to its amalgamation into the AGC, it was an independent corps in its own right. Its personnel are all qualified lawyers and commissioned officers.


Almost all corps of the British Army contained a CVHQ (Central Volunteer Headquarters) which oversee training for the corps along with controlling specialist units and formations. The Adjutant General's Corps currently maintains two specialist pools:[4]

Museum of the Adjutant General's Corps

The Museum of the Adjutant General's Corps is based at Peninsula Barracks in Winchester. It is one of several regimental museums that are part of Winchester's Military Museums.[5]


  1. ^ Adjutant General's Corps: History
  2. ^ Adjutant General's Corps Branches
  3. ^ Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support Company
  4. ^ "Army Reserve unit changes since 2015" (PDF). 6 July 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "Museum of the Adjutant General's Corps". Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association. Retrieved 2018.

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