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Army PTI, Be The Best


  • Dunfermline, Scotland (UK) from August 2017 to Present.
  • Perth, Western Australia from July 2016 to August 2017.
  • Glasgow, Scotland (UK) from March 2013 to July 2016.



About Me:

  • My name is Andrew Marshall and I am a sixteen year veteran of the British Army (October 1990 to August 2006).
  • Qualified as a military fitness instructor in 1996.
  • Started working in the commercial outdoor fitness market (fitness boot camp and military fitness) in 2000.
  • Worked as a Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer and Fitness Manager across the UK (Southampton, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Glasgow, Dunfermline, Falkirk, and Perth).
  • Husband and Father of three kids.
  • Personal Fitness Modalities: loaded marches, press-ups, weight training, burpees and indoor rowing.
  • Likes:
    • Baking and eating cakes (good for hiding my 6-pack!).
    • Going to the cinema.
    • Visiting new restaurants.
    • Reading (mainly sci-fi, military history, New Scientist and The Economist).
    • Computer games (strategy and FPS).
    • Daily Politics (or Politics Live since 2018).


  • Regimental and Squadron Physical Training Instructor;
  • Defence Diving School Physical Training Instructor;
  • Defence Diving School Training Officer;
  • Defence Logistics and Supply School Training Officer;
  • Group Fitness Instructor (Outdoor Fitness & Fitness Boot Camps);
  • Park Manager (Outdoor Fitness & Boot Camps); and
  • Founder & Editor of the Boot Camp & Military Fitness Institute online knowledge centre.


Civilian Qualifications and Professional Development:


  • Mental Health Awareness for Sport & Physical Activity (Coaching UK, 2019).
  • MOOC (Undergraduate Level): Foundations of Virtual Instruction (Pass) (University of California, Irvine) (2015).
  • MOOC (Undergraduate Level): Exercise Physiology: The Athlete Within (Distinction) (University of Melbourne) (2013).
  • MOOC: (Foundation Level) Nutrition & Physical Activity for Health (Pass) (University of Pittsburgh) (2013).


  • Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) (Adult) (NHS Health Scotland, 2019).
  • SMHFA (Young Person) (NHS Health Scotland, 2019).
  • Elite Functional Trainer Certification (Pass) (Australian Fitness Network) (2017).
  • Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach (IRRC) (Pass) (Athletics Australia) (2016).
  • VRQ Level 3 Certificate in Training in Outdoor Environments (Pass) (Fitness Scotland) (2013).
  • BA (Hons) in Business Studies (First Class) (Glasgow Caledonian University) (2011).
  • Certificate in Training Practice (Pass) (Salisbury College) (2006).
  • Certificate in Personnel Practice (Pass) (Aldershot College) (2006).
  • Level 3 Certificate in Delivering Learning (Pass) (Portsmouth College) (2005).
  • NVQ Level 3 in Learning & Development (Pass) (Portsmouth College) (2005).

Military Qualifications and Professional Development:

  • Forklift Operator’s Licence.
  • Aerial Slide and Obstacle Course Supervisor.
  • Physical Training Instructor Class 3 (now known as AA PTI).
  • All Arms Physical Training Instructor (Upgrade Course).
  • All Arms Commando Course.
  • Army Compressed Air Diver.
  • Army Advanced Diver.
  • PADI Advanced Diver.
  • UK Defence Diving School First Aid Course (HSE First Aid at Work & O2 Admin).
  • Royal Navy Level II NBCD 23.
  • Oxygen Administration & Diving Illness Module.
  • Military First Aid Training (MFAT).
  • Defence Diver Extended Medical Skills (DDEMS).
  • Sea Survival & Safety Equipment Maintainer.
  • OOW (Officer of the Watch), Near-Coastal, Ships Under 500gt.
  • Short Range Certificate (VHF Radio & GMDSS).
  • Basic Sea Survival Course (BSSC).
  • Intermediate Sea Survival Course (ISSC).
  • STCW95 Basic Safety Training (BST): Fire Fighting & Fire Prevention, Personal Survival Techniques, Personal Safety & Social Responsibility, and Elementary First Aid.
  • STCW Watch Rating (Navigational).
  • STCW Advanced Training: Proficiency in Survival Craft, Advanced Fire Fighting & IMDG (International Maritime of Dangerous Goods) Code.
  • Junior Management Course (MPC: Military Proficiency Course).
  • Assistant NBC Instructor Course.
  • Driver Class 3 Course (LGV Class 2, and later on LGV Class 1).
  • Seaman Class Three Course.
  • Seaman Class Two Course.
  • Navigator Class Two Course (OOW Course).
  • Navigator Class One Course (OOW Upgrade Course).
  • DITS: Defence Instructional Techniques Course (military teaching qualification).
  • Care of Trainees Course.
  • Discipline & Grievance Course.
  • Equality & Diversity Course.
  • Alcohol Awareness Course.
  • Drugs Awareness Course.

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