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Fitness & medical criteria

You need to be in great shape in order to have the best chances of making it through basic training. We strongly recommend you follow the eight-week training schedule to keep your fitness levels up.

You must:

Complete the recommended eight week training schedule before applying.

Have you completed the recommended 8 week training schedule

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Training requirements

Fitness standards


You need to be fit enough to pass the Pre Joining Fitness Test and to make it through the first weeks of basic training.

Royal Navy Pre Joining Fitness Test
Age Men Women
15 - 24 11 mins 13 secs 13 mins 15 secs
25 - 29 11 mins 38 secs 13 mins 50 secs
30 - 34 12 mins 08 secs 14 mins 28 secs
35 - 39 12 mins 34 secs 15 mins 09 secs

Initial training

If you pass all your tests and make it through to Britannia Royal Naval College, you’ll have to be in top shape to survive the 30 weeks of initial training. You’ll have to make it through, among other things, simulated disaster relief and combat situations and a four-day leadership exercise on Dartmoor so it’s crucial you keep fit.

Medical criteria tab


To deal with everything that life in the Royal Navy throws at you, you’ll need to be medically fit too.

You’ll have your initial medical and eye examination somewhere near you. Your AFCO can arrange this for you.

Height and weight

For all Royal Navy jobs you will need to be a minimum height of 151.5cm. You must also be within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI). Read the full medical criteria for further details.

Medical standard

The Royal Navy medical criteria that you will need to meet are thorough because working with us can be very demanding on your body. Certain pre-existing medical conditions and ongoing illnesses may prevent you from joining the Royal Navy.

These include everything from respiratory problems such as asthma, and musculoskeletal conditions, such as joint operations or recurrent back pain, to heart and cardiovascular disorders including high blood pressure, and skin disorders including eczema and active acne.

For the full list of medical criteria, download our eligibility and guidance notes.

Eyesight standards

The minimum standards for uncorrected and corrected vision vary for different branches in the Royal Navy and are determined by Royal Navy medical staff.

Whatever branch you are applying for, with the exception of Chaplain, your spectacle or contact lens correction must not be greater than +/- 6.00 dioptres.

If you have impaired colour perception (colour blindness) this may restrict the branches that are available to you.

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