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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.

WHAT IS PES?

The Army’s Physical Employment Standards (PES) were designed to ensure that the physical abilities of Army personnel are in line with the physical requirements of their role. As a result, PES testing reflects the most physically demanding tasks that are required to perform a specific role safely and successfully.

WHAT'S AN RFT?

PES testing is made up of Role Fitness Tests (RFTs). RFTs are objective, measurable, role-related, age and gender-free. They are used during Basic Training, Initial Trade Training and In-Service training to measure competency in specific roles., The Role Fitness Test (Entry) is used to confirm that potential recruits are at the appropriate level of fitness to commence Basic Training.

NEW PES TESTS FOR GCC PERSONNEL

If you are a non-ground close combatant service person (i.e. not Infantry or Armoured), you are currently required to complete an AFT and will continue to do so until the new PES tests are developed. The new PES tests are expected in 2021, and there will be a transition period when the AFT will stop and the new PES tests will be introduced.

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Role Fitness Test (Entry)

Thinking of joining the Army?Role Fitness Test (Entry) (RFT(E)). Will be used as the selection standard to confirm that potential soldiers/officer cadets are at the appropriate level of fitness to commence Basic Training. RFT (E) 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(PT) 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 APTS) 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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GROUND CLOSE COMBAT

Role Fitness Test Soldier (RFT(S)) replaces the current AFT to become the in-Service test. RFT(S) testing will be role-related, gender and age free, reflecting the essential, most physically demanding task required to perform the specific role successfully. See poster below for further information All Ground Close Combat soldiers must complete a special set of standards by the end of their Initial Trade Training. These 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.

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Non-GCC Service Personnel Physical Test

If you are a non-ground close combatant service person (i.e. not Infantry or Armoured), you are currently required to complete an Annual Fitness Test (AFT) and will continue to do so until the new Non-GCC PES tests are developed. The new PES tests are expected in 2021, and there will be a transition period when the AFT will stop and the new PES tests will be introduced.

New Army Fitness Standards