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Army School of Physical Training

Before partition, the Regiment Centre of the Army Physical Training Corps was at Ambala and known as Physical Training Corps Department. After partition the muslim staff of the Corps was shifted to Pakistan. Comprising of same staff, Army School of Physical Training was established at Chaklala, which was shifted to Tobe Camp at Kakul in August 1948. In 1978, it was renamed as Army School of Mountain Warfare and Physical Training and shifted to present location. In September 2000 the School has been renamed as Army School of Physical Training as the Mountain Wing has been shifted to Rattu.



The Army School of Physical Training is located at Kakul about 9 kms away from Abbottabad (Pakistan). The nearest Railway Station is Havelian, which is 24 kms from the School. There is a regular Taxi service from Havelian to Abbottabad to Upper Kakul. Troop Bus for the Army personnel is also available on this route for all trains.

Being a Hill Station, Abbottabad is very cold in winter and sometimes the minimum temperature drops to zero. Snowfall is a common feature from December to February. During summer it rains heavily and the temperature seldom rises above 30° C. Abbottabad enjoys a very healthy climate throughout the year.


 Educational Philosophy

Major effort goes in to train officers and men in Basic and Advance Physical Training. We produce instructors for the units and training institutions of the Pakistan Army. The best facilities of the country are available for Physical Training. We run adventure sports oriented courses i.e. Hang Gliding, Para Gliding, Water Sports (Water Skiing, Wind Surfing), Fencing and Archery for volunteer officers and men of the Armed Forces. We are the flag bearer of the above adventure sports.



During the courses run in the school, Officers/ Junior Commissioned Officers and Non Commissioned Officers undergo training evaluation process; best out of them selected, depending on their performance, are recommended as instructors in school.

 The Courses
Courses Duration Frequency
Officers Physical Training Course 9 weeks 2 Per year
Unit Physical Training Instructor Course 8 weeks 3 Per year
Advance Physical Training Course 6 weeks 3 Per year
Para Gliding Cours 3 weeks 1 Per year
Hang Gliding Course 6 weeks 1 Per year
Unarmed Combat Course 8 weeks 2 Per year
Sports Coaching Courses 3 weeks 4 Per year


Selection Criteria

Officers Physical Training Course

Age below 28 years

Unit Physical Training Instructor Course

  • Age below 25 years
  • Army Education Cadre 2nd Class
  • Map Reading 2nd Standard

Advance Physical Training Course

Students are nominated by Army School of Physical Training on the basis of their performance in Unit Physical Training Instructor Course.

Para Gliding Course (Officers/Soldiers)

  • Maximum age limit 28 years
  • Volunteer
  • Non Commissioned Officers/Soldiers should have preferably done Para Course

Hang Gliding (Officers/Soldiers)

  • Maximum age limit 30 years
  • Volunteer
  • Physical Standard. Must be able to measure up to the mentioned standards
    • Two Miles             -       11 Minutes45 Seconds.
    • Push Ups             -        30 in 2 Minutes
    • Sit Ups                 -        40 in 2 Minutes
    • Chin Ups/Beams   -         8 in 2 minutes
    • Medically fit and should not suffer from vertigo height phobia

Unarmed Combat Course

Age below 25 years

Sports Coaching Courses

  • Officers below 28 years of age.
  • Junior Commissioned Officers below 37 years of age.
  • Non Commissioned Officers below 32 years of age.
  • Ex-Army/National/International Level players will be given preference.


 Extra-Curricular Activities

Recreational facilities of indoor and outdoor games like, squash, gymnastics, weight training, badminton, tennis, football, hockey, handball, basketball, volleyball and hiking are available next to the living accommodation of officers and men.


  • Training Ground
  •  Gymnasium Hall
  • Class Rooms
  • Foreign Officers Quarters
  • Officer Students Living Accommodation
  • Junior Commissioned Officers/ Soldiers living accommodation
  • Cinema Hall                                                                                                                                        top

It is indeed an opportunity to train oneself and at the same time explore and unveil the beautiful valleys and mountains of Pakistan. Students from allied countries like USA, France, Italy, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Maldives, Sudan, Sweden and Germany have already joined our courses and expeditions. We believe in imparting best possible training, providing maximum facilities and comfort. 


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