Physical Training Specialisation Direct Entry

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High demand role

This is a highly competitive role with a potential long lead time to join.

You may wish to consider joining the Royal Navy as a Royal Marines Commando or an Engineering Technician.

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The role at a glance

What you’ll do

Throughout your career as a Physical Trainer you could be employed at Naval Bases, training establishments, Naval Air Stations and onboard Ships.  You might be delivering a Royal Navy Fitness Test one day and organising a sporting event in an overseas national stadium the next.  You’ll work alongside like minded people all committed to making a recognised contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of RN personnel, providing professional exercise and evidence-based lifestyle information as well as taking on vital executive duties in the process.

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Your role

  • Promote and deliver fitness, health and wellbeing
  • Lead and manage sport and sports teams
  • Lead and manage Adventurous Training

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Study for GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or a degree
  • Gain industry recognised fitness qualifications
  • Gain industry recognised Adventurous Training qualifications
  • Gain national governing body sports coaching and officiating qualifications

Skills you'll develop

  • Sports and exercise coaching
  • Class taking/ Physical training Instruction for recruits and trained strength personnel
  • Exercise physiology
  • Administration
  • Organising events
  • Organising and delivering Adventurous Training expeditions
  • Health behaviour change

Career progression

What you'll need


  • GCSE English Language and Maths Grade 4 and above - functional skills pass in these subjects are also acceptable
  • Minimum colour perception standard of CP4
  • Free from any criminal convictions
  • You must be aged between 18 to 35
  • Full UK driving licence
  • British Citizens and Dual National UK people can apply, dual nationality restriction still apply.  CW/Irish are not eligible as they will not have a UK driving licence
  • Direct Entry PTI must pass a PT suitability board prior to entry, which is held during RN Candidate Course
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills and interests

  • Team player and independent thinker
  • A passion for sport, fitness and outdoor activities
  • Dedicated to helping people achieve their goals
  • Physically and mentally fit
  • Good organiser
  • Strong communicator
  • Willingness to continually develop yourself


Check Eligibility

Starting your career

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Submit an application

    Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form

  • Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA)

    You’ll be tested on: Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Work Rate, Spatial Reasoning, Electrical Comprehension and Mechanical Comprehension.
    To prepare, you can practise the DAA

  • Interview

    A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role. This is normally conducted using your own device over the Shine video platform

  • Medical and eye tests

    These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

    This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you

  • Candidate Preparation Course (CPC)

    This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy, including a Swimming Test and a fitness assessment, is a pass or fail course

  • Start training

    Once you’ve passed a Security Check, you’ll be offered a place at HMS Raleigh

Initial training

Your Royal Navy career begins with 10 weeks’ basic training at HMS Raleigh, a shore base in Torpoint, Cornwall. The discipline, teamwork, organisational, firefighting and weapon handling skills you learn here will stay with you right through your career.

Aim to get yourself as fit as possible before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in shape.

There's also a swimming test, so if you can't swim, make sure you learn by the time you join us.

Professional training

26-week Leading Physical Trainers Qualifying Course, the Leading Physical Trainers course covers a wide variety of both academic and practical subjects. Students learn instructional techniques and the practical aspects of taking PT classes, plus fitness principles, diet & nutrition, circuit and weight training theory, anatomy and physiology, fitness testing and sports administration. The course also covers basic coaching and officiating across a whole host of sports, plus experience of adventurous training and challenging activities.