Fitness Tests

As part of the joining process we will help you to fine tune your fitness, so don't worry if you're not quite at the level we need yet.

To find out what you will need to achieve at assessment centre, visit role finder for details.

Everyone joining the Army will need to pass a fitness test. The tests you take are the same whether you're joining as a Soldier or an Officer. These tests are:

  • Multistage Fitness Test (Beep test)

  • Seated Ball Throw

  • Mid Thigh Pull

Find out more about these tests

Healthy lifestyle

To give yourself the best chance of success, we recommend that you try to lead a healthy life style. Here are some of our tips.

Eating well

Getting yourself in top condition to join the Army includes focusing on your diet. Eating well will help you feel more energised and reach your fitness goals. There are loads of guides to follow to get inspired about eating well. This will also help you stay on track to have a healthy BMI - which you need to pass.

After assessment

It's important to remember that you need to keep a level of fitness after your assessment, so that you're in great shape when it comes to starting your training. Being in the Army is physically demanding, and you need to get your body ready for this by staying fit while you wait for your start date.


All Army Basic Training Units are now Tobacco Free.

Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your own health - and the health of people around you. You'll start seeing the benefits immediately, not just for your health but also your finances.

More information:

  • Smokefree National Helpline 0300 123 1044.

  • Download the free NHS Quit Smoking app.

  • Read the Army leaflet on stopping smoking.

Smokers who get help from stop smoking services can increase their chances of successfully quitting by up to three times.

Your BMI (Body Mass Index)

Your BMI (body mass index), is a score that is worked out from your weight and height. It is used to work out if you're a healthy weight or under/over weight.

Why is it important?

Joining the Army is physically challenging, and if you're not in good condition, you're at a higher risk of injury during training.

You can check your BMI and get advice from the NHS website.

The Joining Process

Find out more about how to join.

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