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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.

Health and fitness

Fitness App

100% Army Fit

Training doesn’t have to be hard if you have the right support. Our 100% Army Fit app will help build your fitness to the level of a soldier in training. It was developed with the help of Army physical training instructors and gives you simple exercises to increase your strength, stamina and confidence.

Available on Android & IOS devices, Wi-Fi internet connection recommended.

Fitness standards

There are different fitness requirements for different jobs. Open the pdf to see the current standards.

Practice tests

For anyone wanting to join, the Army has selection tests to show your strengths and help select a job that suits you.

You can find out more about each test and answer some sample questions. The aptitude, literacy and numeracy tests are done in an Army Careers Centre, while the memory and teamwork tests take place at the selection centre.

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What are your strengths?

BARB stands for ‘British Army Recruit Battery’ test. It checks your ability to understand information and solve problems in your head. This helps the Army match you with roles that most suit your abilities. The higher you score, the more jobs you’ll have to choose from so it’s worth spending some time practising the tests.

BARB is split into five sections: reasoning; letter checking; number distance; odd one out; and symbol rotation. In the real BARB test, you will be timed.

Interview advice

Whether you join as an officer or a soldier you’ll have a series of interviews as part of the selection process. The aim of these is for us to find out more about you. And you can find out more about the Army.
Interview

First interview

In your first formal interview you’ll be asked about your achievements, interests, fitness, and why you want to join the Army.

Be clear, honest and show enthusiasm. It can help to so some research into Army Values and Standards. It can also help to look at the different roles available. So you can talk about what you might like to do.

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Assessment Centre interview

This interview takes place in the final stage of the Assessment Centre programme. You should dress smartly and act in a positive, polite and respectful way. This will help the interviewer to get a picture of the kind of person you are. It will also help them get an idea of what role might suit you.

Remember to bring your ID documents with you.

The Assessment

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What happens?

You'll have a full medical and a series of physical and mental tests. You’ll also take part in team exercises to see how well you work with other people. You'll take part in the icebreaker task, where you can talk about you, and why you want to join the Army. You’ll find out how well you have done at the Assessment Centre at your formal interview.

FAQs - Getting ready

What should I wear?

Wear clothes that are smart, and that you feel comfortable in. Most people wear a suit.

Any tips for interview?

At your interview you'll probably be asked about:
  • Why you want to join the army
  • Family and friends support for application
  • Your physical readiness for the Army
  • Your military awareness
  • Any preparation you've done
  • Characteristics that are important to Army life, such as teamwork, discipline, integrity and honesty, achievement and motivation, self-confidence, courage and resilience
The best advice is to prepare as much as you can, be honest, and be yourself.

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.

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Call us on 0345 600 8080

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