Army Fitness Requirements in the UK

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The fitness requirements to join the forces in the United Kingdom (UK) are quite stringent and vary between the different branches. The army advises that those who wish to join should complete a training regime before attempting the entry tests.

Recruits should have developed upper body strength as well as stamina and speed. The Adrian Weales Fighting Fit Programme is recommended for those wishing to build up to the admission standards.


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The basic fitness test at each selection process is the run. The applicant must run 1.5 miles within a time limit. This time limit varies by branch. For infantry regiments, not including the paratroopers, the run must be completed in 12 minutes and 45 seconds or less. For the Royal Artillery, Logistics and Pioneers, the run must be completed in 13 minutes and 15 seconds or less, and for other army or services selection the run must be completed in 14 minutes or less.

Other Fitness Tests

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For selection for the paratroopers, the run is followed by a static weight lift of 116 kilograms or more. The lift may or may not be taken into account, depending on how quickly it was completed. Other fitness tests which may be required by any branch of the forces include the "beep" test, where the recruit has to run between two points, 20 metres apart, at decreasing time spans. The recruit may also be required to do press-ups, sit-ups or pull-ups.

Two-Day Test

The fitness requirements for the Royal Air Force (RAF) are quite high. Men are expected to complete the 1.5-mile run in 12 minutes and 12 seconds and women in 14 minutes and 35 seconds. For people wanting to join the RAF regiment gunners, a two-day fitness testing is part of the Potential Gunner Acquaintance Course at Honington. This includes timed runs, "beep" tests and a timed swim. On the second day, a three-mile run must be completed in less that 24 minutes