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Before you apply

Before you apply

Everyone applying to join the British Army will at some stage have an interview with an Army Careers Adviser. Completing our Expression of Interest Form will help speed up that process. But before you make your application, please ensure you meet the standards set out for the Parachute Regiment below:

Foreign & commonwealth nationals
If you are from overseas and you're unsure if you meet all the eligibility requirements, please read the Information for Commonwealth Nationals & Application Guidance. These are downloadable in the right hand panel of this page. This is important as travel to the UK is at your own risk. Your application may be unsuccessful at any stage.
We cannot assist with applications for visas and your application does not guarantee your eligibility for a visa. All officer applicants must ensure that they meet the age, education and residency requirements in full. These are listed in the 'Can I Join' section of the web site.

Fitness standards
Your fitness will be tested during the two-day selection process at an Army Development and Selection Centre (ADSC). You will go through a range of strength and stamina tests, as well as a 2.4 km run.

Static lift: You lift a weighted bag of 40 kg to a height of 1.45 metres.

Jerry can test: You have to carry two 20 kg water containers over a set course of 120 metres. You should aim to complete the course in two minutes or less.

Press-ups: A minimum of 44 in two minutes.

Sit-ups: A minimum of 50 in two minutes.

2.4 km (1.5 mile) run: The course is on level ground and on a good running surface. It is an individual best effort and you should aim to finish in less than 09:30 sec.

Medical conditions:
Army life can be mentally and physically demanding. That’s why some medical conditions and on-going illnesses can stop you from joining. It’s worth checking the list before you start to see if you are eligible.

Criminal convictions:
You must tell us about all convictions or pending convictions you have, whether spent or not. You need to be honest – if you hide a conviction, it may cause your application to be rejected.

Contact our Army Careers Adviser if you need more information, their number is in the right hand panel.

Further information

Foreign nationals

Foreign Nationals

The Army welcomes applicants from certain countries and overseas territories but you may have to live in the UK for a set period of time to be eligible...

Fitness standards


Fitness is important for everyone but it’s especially important for soldiers. As well as the health benefits that come with being fit, you also need to meet...

Medical conditions


A full medical examination is part of the application process but it’s worth checking this list before you start; to see if you are eligible...

Criminal convictions

Criminal convictions

Everyone makes mistakes and a criminal conviction doesn’t have to stop you from joining the Army. Be honest about your past history...

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