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.
There are different fitness requirements for different jobs. Open the pdf to see the current standards.
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. All of the tests take place at the assessment centre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Being able to make a bed to Army standards will be something you need to crack when you start.
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.
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