Everyone working in the MDP must undergo a robust Force Vetting/Security process and obtain at least Security Check (SC) Clearance. This is the lower security clearance required by the Government and involves a credit check plus checks against such things as UK criminal and security records and, if appropriate, those of overseas countries.

Any new entrant who serves at an Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) will also be required to obtain an enhanced level of vetting which is referred to as Developed Vetting (DV) clearance. DV checks are carried out only to the extent required to safeguard national security but will include:

The aim is to ensure that your character, personal circumstances and integrity are such that you can be trusted with access to sensitive information or assets and that you will not be vulnerable to blackmail.

It is important that you are completely open and honest with us during the recruitment process, since omitting or concealing information will be taken as evidence of unreliability and/or dishonesty.

If you are not initially stationed at AWE, and therefore do not require DV clearance, you will still be required to obtain DV clearance if at some point in your career you are posted to an atomic weapons establishment, or any other establishment requiring higher-level security clearance.

Common Access Card

As an MDP officer you may at some point in your career work at a United States Visiting Forces (USVF) Base, most of which are located in the East of England (mainly East Anglia). Since November 2006, access to US networked IT systems worldwide has only been available via the use of a Common Access Card (CAC) and the majority of posts at USVF Bases require officers to hold a CAC. In order to obtain a CAC, you will need to provide certain personal information and data that the USVF authorities will safeguard and retain whilst you remain employed on a USVF unit. Please be assured that all candidates undergoing security clearance are treated impartially and consistently irrespective of age, disability status, gender, gender identity, marital status, race or ethnic origin, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

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