Everyone working in the MDP must successfully undergo both Force Vetting and the UK Security Vetting (UKSV) processes.

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

All candidates undergoing Force Vetting and UK Security Vetting 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.


All new entrants must obtain Security Check (SC) Clearance as a minimum. 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 of UKSV 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.

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.


In order to progress through the recruitment process, you must successfully undergo Force Vetting. This is carried out to national police standards in common with all UK police forces. It is intended to provide an additional layer of reassurance specifically tailored to the police environment. Force Vetting includes open source Internet checks and checks of national police systems.

Some applicants fail the Force Vetting process because they do not disclose relatively minor matters or police enquiries which may have resulted in no further action or an informal warning. You must disclose all relevant matters, regardless of the outcome. This does not include parking fines but will include all more serious matters.

You may be required to attend a Force Vetting interview with the Vetting Manager, if considered necessary. However, this is not a common occurrence. If you are refused police vetting, you are entitled to have your case reviewed by a suitably senior officer who has not been involved in your case.


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.

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