Physical Fitness Tests

All Soldiers and Officers joining the Army – as either regular, or reserve, will need to pass a fitness test. This is comprised of 3 exercises. Details of the levels you need to reach can be found on each role page.

The Multi Stage Fitness Test (beep test)

You need to run between two lines, 20m apart, in time with a beep. The beeps get steadily faster. Your score is based on the point where you can no longer keep up.

Why test your running? The run measures your aerobic capacity. Aerobic fitness is essential for all military tasks and important for injury prevention.

Visit role finder to discover the level you need to meet for the job you're interested in.

Medicine Ball Throw

Sitting with your back against a wall, you'll throw a 4kg medicine ball as far as you can. Your best throw of three will count. You must throw at least 2.7m to meet the lowest soldier entry standard. Some trades will need you to throw the ball 3.1m.

Why test your seated throw? The seated ball throw measures your upper-limb explosive strength. This is an important part of fitness and is essential of being able to perform many military tasks well.

Mid thigh pull

Standing in front of a bar set to mid-thigh height you'll be asked to pull the bar upwards for 5 seconds then rest and repeat. Your best score of the two attempts will count. You must pull 50kg or more to meet the lowest soldier entry standard, although some trades will need a higher score. Your score will be taken from the best of your two attempts.

Why test your mid-thigh pull? This test measures your lower-body strength. In the Army you need lower body strength for many every day military tasks.