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HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

10 June 1921 - 9 April 2021

It is with the utmost sadness that we learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness was hugely significant in the Armed Forces having served operationally himself for many years, and he was respected by all who served alongside him and after him. He was made Field Marshal of the British Army in 1953, a rank he held until his death, and he enjoyed strong lifelong connections with many British and Commonwealth services, regiments and corps. His loss is deeply felt and our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.

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Royal Army Physical Training Corps

Soldier Physical Performance Specialists

The Royal Army Physical Training Corps provides the Army's physical performance specialists. The Corps is responsible for developing and maintaining physical fitness across the Army so that individuals and units are prepared for Military Tasks.



Active from

11 September 1860



Physical Training



Physical Training


Within The Royal Army Physical Training Corps there are a number of trade specialisations, which cover a range of activities from physical training to exercise rehabilitation.


  • Physical Training
  • Exercise Rehabilitation
  • Adventurous Training
  • Sports coaching and officiating

Our location

Headquarters Royal Army Physical Training Corps - Aldershot

Headquarters Royal Army Physical Training Corps is located within Fox Lines, Aldershot, which is also home to the Army School of Physical Training and Headquarters Army Sports Control Board.

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Our role

Royal Army Physical Training Corps Instructors (RAPTCIs) generally serve as detached personnel within most units across the Army. They are tasked by their Commanding Officers with the responsibility of maintaining the physical fitness of their soldiers in preparation for Military Operations. This requires a high level of knowledge and experience in order to design and implement a physical training regime which complements the Unit role and training cycle.

In addition to their physical training specialisation, RAPTCIs also have the opportunity to specialise in Adventurous Training and Exercise Rehabilitation.

Through the years

The Royal Army Physical Training Corps began life as the Army Gymnastic Staff in 1860 following the Crimean War. Since then, the Corps reputation has grown through the key role it has played in developing and maintaining soldiers’ physical readiness for Military Operations. It keeps the Army ‘Fit to Fight’. 

  1. 1860

    Army Gymnastic Staff is formed

  2. 1919

    Army Gymnastic Staff renamed Army Physical Training Staff

  3. 1940

    Special Army Orders No. 165, authorised the formation of the Army Physical Training Corps

  4. 2010

    Her Majesty The Queen graciously bestows the 'Royal' title on the Army Physical Training Corps

Training at the Army School of Physical Training


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