0844 453 0226



The Ministry of Defence is a Government department and the headquarters of the Armed Forces.

Other Ministry of Defence Contact Numbers

Department Contact Number
Careers 0844 453 0226
Head Office 0844 453 0226
Complaints 0844 453 0226

Ministry of Justice Contact Number Opening Hours

Days Opening Hours
Monday- Friday 8.30am-5pm
Saturday 9am-4pm
Sunday Closed

Ministry of Defence Head Office Address

Department Address
Head Office Whitehall
LondonSW1A 2HB

Why would I need to call the Ministry of Defence contact number?

  • To find out more about careers in the Armed Forces or within the Ministry of Defence.
  • To get access to your service records if you are a former soldier.
  • To enquire about a medal.
  • To complain about a military plane low flying.
  • If you are a veteran and wish to be referred to a support group.
  • To make a casualty notification.
  • To make a general complaint about MOD services.

Where are Ministry of Defence police based?
Contacting the Ministry of Defence

What is the Ministry of Defence?

The Ministry of Defence aims to protect the security, interests and independence of Great Britain both here and abroad. Where possible, the ministry works with partners and allies across the world to ensure that this goal is met. The main aim of the ministry is to make sure that the Armed Forces have the right training, equipment and levels of support to carry out their work. The MOD personnel consists of employees in the Armed Forces, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

Ministry of Defence Responsibilities

The Ministry of Defence has seven primary responsibilities. They are:

  • Defending the UK and our overseas territories.
  • Provide nuclear deterrence.
  • Provide strategic intelligence.
  • In times of crisis, support civil emergency organisations.
  • Defending the country’s interests by projecting power both strategically and through interventions.
  • Provide security for stabilisation.
  • Provide a defence contribution overall to UK influence.

Ministry of Defence Police



The role of the Ministry of Defence Police is to protect sites that are of national importance, rather than patrol the streets. There are many different subsections such as the marine unit, dog section, criminal investigation department, and the operational support unit. The nature of the work can take officers across England, Wales and Scotland and they may occasionally be required to lend their skills to other police forces.

If you have GCSEs in English Language and Maths over a grade C, you don’t have to complete competency questions when you apply for a role within the MOD police. You have to be 18 to join and it can take anywhere from 6-12 months to complete the application process.

Ministry of Defence Guard Service

The Ministry of Defence Guard Service supports MOD security by providing an unarmed guard service at MOD sites across the UK. This includes the MOD’s main building in Whitehall, London as well as Her Majesty’s Naval Bases in Portsmouth, Faslane and Devonport. The MGS employs around 2000 staff who are managed by a team based in the head office in Essex. The services provided by the MGS include controlling access to sites, security searches, patrols, event security, first aid and fire marshals.

Ministry of Defence Jobs

If you are interested in working for the Ministry of Defence, consider which of the armed forces you would prefer: Army, Navy or Royal Air Force. In the Royal Navy, you could work in engineering, band service or admin if you don’t want to be out in combat. As a soldier in the Army, you will be fully trained in a range of trades from repairing tanks to firing weapons- you need to be physically fit, but only to a certain level before you join- working on your fitness is part of the training. In the RAF, you could work in personnel or medical support, communications or logistics.


Each of the forces has a reserve unit, where you will be fully trained and expected to give around 25 days of service each year so that you can fit in your role alongside your day job, learning new skills and getting paid for your role.

Ministry of Defence Civilian Jobs

Civilians wishing to work for the Ministry of Defence can apply for their role through the Civil Service. You can conduct an online job search, selecting the Ministry of Defence as the organisation that you wish to work for. Current vacancies being advertised include Regional Customer Manager, Lead Engineer, Deputy Nursery Manager, Health Care Assistant, Dental Hygienists, Sub Aqua Diving Instructor, Digital Content Officer, Schools Education Officer and Lifeguard.

Ministry of Defence Press Office

The Defence Press Office works alongside the press offices of the individual forces to ensure that the activities of the MOD are transparent and disclosed to the public through media outlets. At the MOD head office in Whitehall, there are over 40 employees working for the press office. The Armed Forces individual press offices have over 100 staff altogether. The majority of the press budget is spent on recruitment campaigns for the forces.

Ministry of Defence Ministers

The current ministers for the Ministry of Defence are:

  • Michael Fallon MP- Secretary of State for Defence
  • Mike Penning MP- Minister of State for the Armed Forces
  • Harriet Baldwin MP- Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Procurement.

Popular questions about the Ministry of Defence:

Where are Ministry of Defence police based?

The Ministry of Defence Police are based in different areas of the UK depending on which division or unit. For instance, Criminal Investigation Department officers can be controlled centrally from Wethersfield but the offices for that subsection are found in Clyde and Catterick, as well as Wethersfield itself.

How do I contact the Ministry of Defence?

You can contact the Ministry of Defence by calling the phone number on this page. Alternatively, you can write to the MOD at:



About the Ministry of Defence

The idea of a Ministry of Defence was first conceived in the 1930s when politicians decided that the three Armed Forces needed better coordination to be able to work effectively. Stanley Baldwin created the Minister for Coordination of Defence position in the 1930s, but it was Winston Churchill who created the office in 1940, before it became the modern service that we know today in 1971.