Getting yourself ready
It’s natural to feel anxious about the selection process, but there’s no need. With the right attitude and dedication you can make sure you’re ready. We can help, with the Army fit app and exercise plans to help improve your fitness, and interview advice and practice tests to help you with your mental skills.
What should I wear?
Wear clothes that are smart, and that you feel comfortable in. Most people wear a suit.
Any tips for the chat?
If you want to join as a soldier, your chat will probably cover topics like:
- Why you want to join the Army
- What your family and friends think
- Your current fitness levels
- How much you know about the Army
The best advice is to prepare as much as you can, be honest, and be yourself. It's the first step in getting you ready for a career in the Army.
Do I have to be able to swim?
You don't have to be able to swim before you join the Army, although it helps if you can. When you reach basic training, you'll take a swimming test - and you'll be given extra training if you don't pass.
In the test, you'll be expected to:
Jump in at the deep end wearing Military clothing and tread water for 2 Mins
Swim 50m in under 4 Mins, not touching the sides or floor, using any stroke
Climb out unassisted.
My son / daughter is going to an Assessment Centre - what should they expect?
Your son or daughter will be assessed in a number of ways to see if he or she has the potential to become a soldier, including the ability to work as part of a team, mental skills and physical fitness. They’ll also have an interview and a medical. It will take less than a week to find out whether they’ve been successful, and can go on to the next stage of the application.