Fitness

We don't expect you to be a world-class athlete to join the RAF, but you do need a good level of basic fitness. This is both for your own well-being and so that you can complete your initial and specialist training. Also, that you can carry out your work effectively, whatever your job.

Selection Fitness Test (SDR): Officer, NBC and SH(AS(EO))

When you apply to join the RAF as an Officer, Non-Commissioned Aircrew (NBC) or Senior Non-Commissioned Officer for Air Traffic Control SH(AS(EO)) through the Direct Entry route, you will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate attitude to physical fitness through regular training and participation in physical activities. As part of the selection process, and in addition to a medical examination, you will be required to undertake a Selection Fitness Test (SDR) in the form of a gender and age fair health based test in order to demonstrate your physical preparedness to enter Initial Training.

Candidates for Officer,NBC and SH(AS(EO)) entry will be required to achieve SDR standard for their age and gender through a combination of tests involving a 2.4 km treadmill run, press ups and sit ups. RAF candidates for the Defence Sixth Form College will be required to complete a Multi-Stage Fitness Test (MRT), sometimes called the “beep test”, in place of the 2.4 km run. The standard you must reach is as follows:

MALES
AGE 2.4 Km Run (Minutes) MRT (Level) Press-Ups (Number) Sit-Ups (Number)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.10 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12.00 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26
45-49 12.54 7.07 16 23
50-54 13.27 7.01 15 20
FEMALES
AGE 2.4 Km Run(Minutes) MRT (Level) Press-Ups (Number) Sit-Ups (Number)
15-16 13.54 6.07 10 32
17-29 13.23 7.02 10 32
30-34 13.47 6.08 9 29
35-39 14.13 6.04 8 26
40-44 14.48 5.08 7 23
45-49 15.19 5.04 6 20
50-54 15.53 4.09 5 17

To be successful in the SDR, it is vital that you train on a regular basis using the appropriate Protocol for each element of the test.

Candidates for Officer, NBC and SH(AS(EO)) entry must meet the required standard before an offer of Service can be made.

Airman or Airwoman

When you apply to join the RAF as an Airman or Airwoman, you will be asked to undertake an initial fitness test. This will be arranged at a gym local to you. You’ll be expected to reach a certain standard and to follow the correct form for press-ups and sit-ups, as only those that meet the standard will count.

If you don't meet required standards, you will be given the option to re-take the test a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of eight weeks later. If you fail to meet the standard on your second attempt, you will have to re-apply for the role again after a minimum of three months. If you then fail on your third attempt you will not be able to re-apply for a role within the RAF for a minimum of 12 months.
This will also be subject to your continuing eligibility, by this time, role availability may have changed. So it's really important to
familiarise yourself with the requirements and work on getting fit as early as possible.

Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PFT)

Your PFT will be arranged by your AAR following confirmation that you have passed your medical examination. The test is age and gender fair and the standard you must reach is as follows:

MALES
AGE 2.4 Km Run
(Minutes)
Press-Ups
(Number)
Sit-Ups
(Number)
  100%QCS Pass 100% QCS Pass 100%QCS Pass
15-16 11.39 20 35
17-29 11.11 20 35
30-34 11.36 19 32
35-39 12.00 18 29
40-44 12.26 17 26
FEMALES
AGE 2.4 Km Run
(Minutes)
Press-Ups
(Number)
Sit-Ups
(Number)
  100%QCS Pass 100% QCS Pass 100%QCS Pass
15-16 13.54 10 32
17-29 13.23 10 32
30-34 13.47 9 29
35-39 14.13 8 26
40-44 14.48 7 23

 

* Command PA have calculated the pass standards for the 2.4 km run based on the required level of fitness necessary for entry into service in the RAF.

If you pass your PFT, the result will be sent to the AAR who will then get in touch to progress your application.

 

If you don't meet required standards, you will be given the option to re-take the test a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of eight weeks later. If you fail to meet the standard on your second attempt, you will have to re-apply for the role again after a minimum of three months. If you then fail on your third attempt you will not be able to re-apply for a role within the RAF for a minimum of 12 months.
This will also be subject to your continuing eligibility, by this time, role availability may have changed. So it's really important to
familiarise yourself with the requirements and work on getting fit as early as possible.


If you make the grade, the next step will be RAF Halton for the Pre-Recruit Training Course (PMRAFNS).

The Pre-Recruit Training Course

The PMRAFNS takes place over 3 days and is designed to familiarize candidates with the training environment. It also gives us the chance to make a final assessment of your fitness. You will be given a date for this course once you have met all other selection criteria.

The course includes a set number of press-ups and sit-ups within a prescribed time. Once again, you’ll need to follow the correct form for press-ups and sit-ups as only those that meet the standard will count.

You’ll also take part in a Multi Stage Fitness Test (MRT) which will measure your aerobic fitness. You must run between two lines/markers set exactly 20 metres (m) apart and keep up with a series of pre-recorded bleeps played on a CD recording. The interval between each bleep remains consistent per level (each level lasts for one minute) and initially starts off very slowly (brisk walking pace) but progressively increases in speed every minute. You need to keep running until you reach the set standard or until you can no longer maintain the required pace.

In order to be eligible for final selection, you must reach the required standard inall elements of the PMRAFNS fitness test as follows:

MALES
AGE MRT Press-Ups Sit-Ups
  100%QCS Pass 100% QCS Pass 100%QCS Pass
15-16 9.03 20 35
17-29 9.10 20 35
30-34 9.04 19 32
35-39 8.09 18 29
40-44 8.03 17 26
FEMALES
AGE MRT Press-Ups Sit-Ups
  100%QCS Pass 100% QCS Pass 100%QCS Pass
15-16 6.07 10 32
17-29 7.02 10 32
30-34 6.08 9 29
35-39 6.04 8 26
40-44 5.08 7 23

 

For Airmen and Airwomen, if you don’t meet required standards, you will have to wait at least six months to re-register your interest with the RAF, and by this time vacancies may be filled. So it’s really important to familiarise yourself with the requirements as early as possible.

As part of the PMRAFNS, you will also attend a presentation which outlines the importance of fitness in the RAF and how to prepare your body before recruit training. You will undergo diagnostic tests to assess your current literacy and numeracy as well as learning ability. There will also be presentations on pay and allowances and you’ll have the chance to ask questions.

On successful completion of the PMRAFNS and Provisional Offer of Service interview, your next step will be the Recruit Training Course, also held at RAF Halton.

RAF Gunner Pre-Joining Fitness Test

The RAF Regiment Gunner Pre Joining Fitness Test has slightly higher standards to prepare potential candidates for the Potential Gunner Selection Course.

Limits

Limits vary according to your age. To pass you will need to meet the following:

Males
AGE 2.4 Km Run (1.5 Mile) Press-Ups Sit-Ups
  Pass Pass Pass
16-36 10.30 20 35

 

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