Physical Training Specialisation Direct Entry

Service:Surface Fleet
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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.

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


  • Minimum colour perception standard of CP4
  • Free from any criminal convictions
  • Full UK driving Licence
  • You must be aged between 18 and 39
  • You must be a British or Irish national, a Commonwealth citizen who has lived in the UK continuously for the 5 years prior to applying, or a dual national

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

  • Naval Service Recruitment Test (NRST)

    You’ll be tested on general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension

  • Interview

    A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

  • 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

  • Pre Royal Navy Course (PRNC)

    This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy 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

Gain leadership and management skills, which will develop you clinically and militarily. You’ll learn to adapt your medical knowledge for use in the maritime environment. Gain experience over a number of clinical areas, airway management, scrub and recovery.  All to harness your skills ready for deployment.  As you progress you will also extend your management role and take charge of the equipment and its maintenance, including gaining a qualification in sterilisation.