Two former internationals have been in Cyprus visiting RAF Akrotiri.
England rugby league star Keith Senior and former Springbok Thinus Delport, who now act as ambassadors for the charity Rugby for Heroes, took a flight with 84 Squadron as part of their trip.
Senior, who retired at 35 due to injuries, believes there are similarities between the discipline of professional sport and life in the Armed Forces:
"You can understand the transition period (...) I wasn't prepared for the next stage of my life, and I spent a lot of time soul-searching."
They got a sight-seeing flight across the Sovereign Base Areas aboard a Griffin search and rescue helicopter.
The former players' visit will give them a chance to use their sport to help military men and women move onto civvy street.
As part of the programme, they will develop core life skills, teamwork and a greater depth and knowledge of the sport.
Rugby for Heroes offers mentoring and coaching qualifications to help servicemen and women transition to life outside the military.