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British Army Physical Testing

The British Army require new recruits to undergo fitness assessments as part of the recruitment process and for personnel in service. Below is some information about the fitness requirements and standards. This information is presented for discussion - for up to date information see official sources.

Those wishing to join the army as regular soldiers are required to prove that they have the level of fitness needed to begin full training. You will be required to perform a least these fitness tests: Mid-Thigh Pull, Medicine Ball Throw, and the Multistage Fitness Test (beep test). (previously it was Static Lift, a Jerry Can Carry and a 2.4km (1.5 mile) timed Run). The standard you will need to meet changes from role to role.

The selection to be an officer in the British Army requires more stringent fitness testing. The tests include:

British Army Physical Employment Standards (PES)

In 2019, the British Army will introduce new Physical Employment Standards for all soldiers involved in close combat roles. The British Army's old testing protocol, the Personal Fitness Assessment, which included sit-ups, press-ups and the 1.5-mile run, will be replaced with more combat specific testing involving running with weapons, dragging bodies and vehicle casualty extractions. The new tests were developed in collaboration with scientists from the University of Chichester.

Testing Protocol:

Controversially, the scoring will make no allowance for the age or gender of soldiers.


The workplace assessment tests listed here are believed to be accurate at the time it was accessed. Testing protocols and standards are often changed. Please see official sources for accurate up to date information. If you have corrections please contact me or use the comments form below.

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