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Physical employment standards

It goes without saying that physical fitness is an important part of life in the Army. That’s why we’ve developed a system of Physical Employment Standards (PES) to ensure that all our people are up to the task.

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Role Fitness Test (Entry)

Thinking of joining the Army? The Role Fitness Test (Entry) is used as the selection standard to confirm that potential soldiers/officer cadets are at the appropriate level of fitness to commence Basic Training. The Role Fitness Test (Entry) will consist of: Seated Med Ball Throw, Mid Thigh Pull and a 2 km Run. See poster below for further information

The Role Fitness Test Entry (Physical Training) programme is a progressive guideline designed to help you prepare for the entry tests and standards mentioned above. Because the programme uses body resistance exercises and cardiovascular training, no specialist equipment is needed – just you and your motivation to train.

Role Fitness Test Poster

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ROLE FITNESS TEST (BASIC TRAINING)

The Role Fitness Test (Basic Training) is a progressive and structured PT programme (based on the Army Physical Training System) supports the development of new personnel and to help them successfully achieve Basic Training standards. The programme is designed to improve physical and mental robustness and resilience and to complement other exercises undertaken during the Basic Training phase.

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Roll Fitness Test (Soldier)

The RFT(S) is role-related, gender and age free, reflecting the essential, most physically demanding task required to perform the specific role successfully. There are specific standards for Ground Close Combat soldiers and Non Ground Close Combat soldiers. All soldiers will undertake a progressive physical training programme to ensure these standards can be met prior to completing their Initial Trade Training and moving into productive Service.

New Army Fitness Standards