Joint Intelligence Training Group

Joint Intelligence Training Group

Chicksands, Near Shefford, Bedfordshire, England
Coordinates 52°02′33″N 0°21′45″W / 52.04251°N 0.36258°W / 52.04251; -0.36258
Type Garrison
Site information
Owner Ministry of Defence
Controlled by Joint Services
Site history
Built 1936
In use 1936 - present
Garrison information
Occupants Royal Navy, Intelligence Corps, Royal Air Force

The Joint Intelligence Training Group (JITG) is the location of the headquarters of both the Defence College of Intelligence and the British Army Intelligence Corps. It is located at Chicksands, Bedfordshire, approximately 35 miles (56 km) north of London. The site was formerly known as the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre (DISC) since its move from Ashford in 1997. The site was renamed as JITG on 1 January 2015.[1]

Site History

Main article: RAF Chicksands

Chicksands was the site of RAF Chicksands, an RAF signals collection station during and after the Second World War; during the war, it was one of the "Y-Stations" which sent intercepted signals to the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) at Bletchley Park, where ciphers and codes of several Axis countries were decrypted, most importantly the ciphers generated by the German Enigma and Lorenz machines. The station was used by the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1995, also for signals collection, being the location for its first 1,443 feet (440 m) diameter FLR-9 direction finding antenna, commonly known as the Elephant Cage, from 1963 to 1995. The site was closed as an RAF station in 1997, then handed over to the Intelligence Corps allowing the Corps Headquarters and training delivery to re-locate from Templer Barracks in Ashford, Kent.

Defence College of Intelligence

The Defence College of Intelligence (DCI) is responsible for delivering training in intelligence and security to members of the British Armed Forces, police and other public sector staff as well as international partners. Training is delivered over three sites, Chicksands, the Defence Centre for Languages and Culture, MOD Shrivenham and the Defence School of Photography at the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering at Cosford.

HQ Intelligence Corps

The Headquarters of the Intelligence Corps is located on site, with all core training for Intelligence Corps soldiers and officers being delivered through the DCI.

HMS Ferret

HMS Ferret is a training unit of the Royal Naval Reserve which delivers intelligence-related operational capability.[2]

Other resident units


  1. "Bedfordshire - Joint Intelligence Training Group Chicksands". Sanctuary (PDF) (44): 74. 2015. ISSN 0959-4132.
  2. "Bedford - HMS Ferret". Royal Navy. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  3. "Hermitage – The Next Chapter" (PDF). The Military Survey (Geographic) Association. Summer 2014. p. 8. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
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