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.
11 September 1860
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
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.
Musculoskeletal (MSKI) is the primary cause of medical down grading and discharge from the Army. Some soldiers may get injured during training and preparation for the modern battlefield or sport and adventure training.
WO2 Saskia Fisher and SSgt Lisa Bowen from the RAPTC share their advice and guidance on injury prevention as healthy soldiers are less prone to injury.
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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’.
Army Gymnastic Staff is formed
Army Gymnastic Staff renamed Army Physical Training Staff
Special Army Orders No. 165, authorised the formation of the Army Physical Training Corps
Her Majesty The Queen graciously bestows the 'Royal' title on the Army Physical Training Corps