Fitness tests

We don’t expect you to be a top athlete to join the RAF, but a good level of basic fitness is essential. Recruit training is a big physical challenge and the fitter you are when you arrive, the easier it will be.

Remember: The main reason that recruits drop out of recruit training is lack of physical fitness. Don’t be caught out – start training as soon as you decide to apply.

Officers, Non-Commissioned Aircrew and Non-Commissioned Air Traffic Controllers – The Officers and Aircrew Selection Centre

Officers, Non-Commissioned Aircrew and Non-Commissioned Air Traffic Controllers undertake a fitness assessment during their time at the Officers and Aircrew Selection Centre (OASC).

The test is a 2.4 Km run on a treadmill, which must be completed within the time allocated. A specified number of press-ups and sit-ups must also be completed successfully.

Limits

Time limits vary according to your age and gender. As a guide, if you are aged between 17 and 29, you have to run 2.4 Km in:

Men: 11 minutes and 11 seconds

Women: 13 minutes and 23 seconds

You’ll then have to perform as many press-ups and sit-ups as you can in one minute.

Airmen/Airwomen – The Pre-Joining Fitness Test

Airmen/airwomen must complete the Pre-Joining Fitness Test, which is held at the nearest AFCO or at a local gym. The test is a 2.4 Km run on a treadmill, which must be completed within the time allocated. A specified number of press-ups and sit-ups must also be completed successfully.

Limits

Time limits vary according to your age and gender. As a guide, if you are aged between 17 and 29, you have to run 2.4 Km in:

Men: 11 minutes and 11 seconds

Women: 13 minutes and 23 seconds

Men also have to complete 20 press-ups and 35 sit-ups, and women 10 and 32 respectively.

RAF Regiment – The Potential Gunner Selection Course

RAF Regiment Gunners carry out combat operations all over the world. Therefore they need to be very fit, so their specialised pre-joining fitness test is designed accordingly. This assessment includes a 3-mile run, press-ups, sit-ups, a multi-stage shuttle run (beep test) and tackling an assault course.

To attend the Potential Gunner Selection Course you will have to have passed the RAF Regiment Gunner Pre-Joining Fitness Test.

Limits

Limits vary according to your age. To pass you will need to meet the following:

Males
AGE 2.4 Km Run (1.5 Mile) Press-Ups Sit-Ups
Pass Pass Pass
16-36 10.30 20 35