How Much Qualification Pay Do You Get for Being a PTI?

Physical Training Instructors (PTIs) within the military do not receive any qualification pay (otherwise known as Recruitment and Retention Pay (RRP); previously Specialist Pay).

The Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body (AFPRB) provides independent advice to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Defence on the pay and charges for members of the Naval, Military and Air Forces of the Crown.

When developing recommendations, the AFPRB consider:

  • The need to recruit, retain and motivate suitably able and qualified people taking account of the particular circumstances of service life.
  • Government policies for improving public services, including the requirement on the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to meet the output targets for the delivery of departmental services.
  • The funds available to the MOD as set out in the government’s departmental expenditure limits and inflation target
  • The need for the pay of the armed forces to be broadly comparable with pay levels in civilian life.
  • Evidence submitted by the government and others.

Simplistically RRP is provided for work of a dangerous and/or arduous nature or for jobs where there are significant pinch-points within the career pipeline of a particular job.

More information about the AFPRB can be found here.

A copy of the 43rd report for 2014 Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body, Forty-Third Report: 2014 will provide the reader with an insight regarding RRP and pay in general across the UK military.


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