Military Corrective Training Centre (MCTC) Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) Members

Body: Ministry of Defence
Appointing Department: Ministry of Defence
Sectors: Defence, Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: Colchester
Number of Vacancies: 9
Remuneration: The role is not remunerated, but reasonable travel and subsistence expenses are reimbursed.
Time Requirements: 4 Board Meetings per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Pre-Appointment


  • Announcement


An announcement will be made once the required pre-employment checks have been completed.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

We are looking to appoint 9 board members to the Independent Monitoring Board of the Military Corrective Training Centre.

The overall role of a member:

The MCTC is an establishment that provides corrective training for those servicemen and women sentenced to periods of detention; it is not a prison. The principal function of the MCTC is to detain personnel, both male and female, of the three Services and civilians subject to the Armed Forces Act. The majority of those detained return to their military duties on release. A smaller number are sentenced to be dismissed from the Services after detention and are taught skills that will prepare them for civilian life.

The Independent Monitoring Board is made up of volunteers of a diverse background from the local community and is responsible for the monitoring of conditions within the MCTC, its administration and the treatment of detainees.

The Board has the authority to raise concerns to the Commandant MCTC, Provost Marshal (Army) or the Secretary of State for Defence and encourage remedial action. The MCTC IMB reports annually to the Secretary of State for Defence on the overall performance of the MCTC and the conditions, administration and treatment of members of the Armed Forces who are held in military detention. This is a monitoring role and it must be stressed the Board Members are not inspectors.

The main responsibilities will be to:

  • Monitoring that detainees are properly and fairly treated,
  • Monitor the premises, food, training, education and all other parts of the MCTC,
  • Receiving complaints and/or requests from detainees in private,
  • Investigating the complaint and/or request to conclusion,
  • Attend a minimum of 4 board meetings per annum.


Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • The ability to deal with challenging and sometimes frustrating issues to a reach a conclusion over a possibly protracted time period,
  • Able to communicate at all levels and the ability to give reasoned and robust challenge,
  • The ability to work both as part of a team, but also individually, once trained, and contribute effectively,
  • Able to build positive, productive relationships through effective communication with a range of key stakeholders.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of report writing,
  • Interviewing experience,
  • An understanding that actions have consequences and the impact this may have upon others (for this role detainees, staff or Defence as a whole)

A broad understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion, with further training given upon appointment.

Additional Information

We expect the successful candidate(s) to attend 4 board meetings per year. Members are also required to be on call for at least 6 rostered weeks per year but would not be expected to make more than one visit to the establishment during a rostered week. Members may be required to attend at very short notice, in the case of something serious happening at the MCTC, for example a hostage situation or other similar incident where serious harm may be involved, board members may be called in to attend and observe the way in which the situation is handled. Therefore, it is essential that applicants live within 30 miles of the MCTC (CO2 9NU).

50323_MCTCIMB_MEMBER Expression of Interest Form
50323_MCTCIMB_MEMBER Diversity Monitoring Form
50323_MCTCIMB_MEMBER Disability Confident Scheme Declaration
50323_MCTCIMB_MEMBER-Campaign-Information-Pack (002)
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