In order to join the Regular or Territorial Army you are required to prove you have the level of fitness needed to begin full training.
Here is a guide to the various tests you will be required to pass at the selection centre before moving to the next stage of your application.
- Static Lift
- Jerry Can Carry
- 2.4km (1.5 mile) timed Run
Other Tests you may be required to complete
- Back Extension
- Dynamic Lift
The Static Lift is described as an exercise to simulate lifting heavy kit and ammo on to the back of an Army truck. The reality is that you will be expected to lift power bags which will vary in weight progressively becoming heavier safely to a height of 1.45m.
You will lift each bag in order of weight until completion or failure and your score will be based on the total amount of kilograms lifted.
Jerry Can Carry
This test is to determine the strength you have in your upper arms and shoulders. It is also a test of grip.
With your arms by your side and carrying one Jerry can in each hand you will be expected to complete this course in under 2 minutes.
You are required to keep a pace of no less than 5.4km/h and will be scored on the distance in metres that you can carry the 20kg weights maintaining the minimum pace.
The famous run is a 2.4km (1.5 mile) track in which you must complete the full distance within the given time. The time you have to complete the run will vary depending on the position within The Army that you have applied for.
Before starting your timed run, you will warm up as a squad with the other people in the selection process. This consists of a slow jog and walk over a distance of 800 metres. You will then immediately begin your test.
The required times for the various regiments within The Army are as follows:
Parachute Regiment - Run Time 09.40
Parachute Regiment (Junior) – Run Time 10.00
Parachute Regiment (TA) – Run Time 10.30
Infantry – Run Time 12.45
Royal Artillery, Armoured Corps, Royal Engineers, Household Cavalry – Run Time 13.15
Royal Signals, Army Air Corps, Royal Logistic Corps, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, Adjutant Generals Corps, Army Medical Services, Royal Army Veterinary Corps, Intelligence Corps, and Corps of Army Music – Run Time 14.00
All Junior Entry (Less Para) – Run Time 14.30
The run will be on a level ground with a stable running surface.