Army reservist qualifies as elite fitness instructor

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An Army reservist from Ilkeston has graduated from an elite fitness training programme which now qualifies him to serve as an instructor.

Sergeant Mark Henshaw, 30, was one of two reservists to receive the Royal Army Physical Training Corps Physical Training Instructor (RAPTC PTI) badge in a passing out parade at Fox Lines in Aldershot on Friday, March 17.

A former regular soldier with the 2nd Battalion, Mercian Regiment, Mark will now return to its partnered reserve unit 4 Mercian after completing more than 30 weeks of training.

Mark said: “Fitness has always been a personal passion for me and even though I have loved my time in the infantry, after becoming a reserve PTI, I decided my goal was transferring to the RAPTC.

“I shall wear the RAPTC badge with immense pride.”

Physical training instruction is a fundamental requirement throughout the military, and Mark’s course included elements of physiology and leadership as well as skills.

Colonel CBK Barry was the inspecting officer for the parade and said: “These guys have conducted some very long and difficult training, demonstrating the ability and application to succeed.”

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