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Royal Navy Pre-joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

What is it?

The PJFT is a test to assess your level of fitness. You’ll need to complete a 2.4km run around a track, and achieve a minimum standard based on age and gender.

If you’re applying to the Diver Branch you’ll have to complete the run in 10 minutes 30 seconds regardless of your age.

If you’re going to excel at the PJFT (and in your initial training), it’s critical that you get in the best possible physical condition. We’ve put together a training schedule to get your fitness levels to where they should be.

Ideally you need to follow the programme for the full eight weeks prior to joining, so you can get the most out of it – and increase your chances of success. See more about getting Fit to Join here.

What will I have to do? 

The PJFT is conducted on a treadmill, where you will be required to run 2.4km in a time specific to your gender and age group. Find out your minimum pass time.

    *Please note, if you have transitioned your gender and are unsure of the standards you are required to achieve please contact your local Careers Office who will be able to advise you.

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    Where and when

    Typically, the PJFT will be required to be booked post your Recruiting Test.

    The test takes place at a Nuffield Health gyms. They’re all over the country, so you’ll be able to find one near you.

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    Group of people running preparing for their Royal Navy test. Life in the Royal Navy is wide-ranging and incredibly varied, and therefore requires a good level of physical fitness.

    Get fit to join

    Life in the Royal Navy is wide-ranging and incredibly varied, and therefore requires a good level of physical fitness. That doesn’t mean you have to be an athlete to start the recruitment process. In fact, many of our applicants are already capable of achieving the physical standards we require, while others may simply need to do a little training. 

    If you’re interested in joining the Royal Navy, you can quickly get into shape using the information in this section – from assessing your current level to making the improvements you need.

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