Your role covers a few different areas of fitness coaching, from training personnel to helping people who fail the annual fitness test, encouraging them to change their lifestyles. In the RAF you can gain a lot of civilian qualifications – diplomas in sports therapy, sports massage, aerobics, diet and nutrition – that could help you in the future.
The RAF Physical Training Instructor is in a unique position in Defence. The RAF is the only Service that adopts a direct entry scheme for this role. The mainstream Physical Education functions, whilst providing a critical output to RAF operational preparedness, also develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes for all PTIs to train as either Parachute Jumping Instructors, Force Development Instructors or Exercise Rehabilitation Instructors. The Physical Training Instructor trade is a very diverse and exciting career choice with opportunities also available in Survival training, Training Consultancy and Leadership development.