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Application process

To start with you must attend an initial interview or presentation. Then you must pass several tests and interviews.

These include:

  • Recruitment test
  • Medical and eye test
  • Pre joining fitness test
  • Security and Reference Check

For the full list of medical criteria, download our Eligibility and Guidance Notes (PDF).


You must:

Be able to swim a minimum of 50m in under 4 minutes…without touching the bottom of the pool.

Can you swim 50 metres in under four minutes wearing a swimming costume without touching the bottom or sides of the pool? Then exit the pool unaided and without using steps?

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Tests and interviews you must pass

Recruitment test


This tests your academic ability. There are four separate parts to it which you have to it which you have to complete within a limited time. These measure:

  • General reasoning
  • Verbal ability
  • Numeracy
  • Mechanical comprehension

We suggest trying some mock tests using our booklet. Download booklet (PDF)

Medical & eye tests


To become a Royal Navy Reserve, you’ll first have to pass a medical exam and eye test to show you’re fit and healthy.

You will also have to pass an eyesight test since good vision is critical in the Royal Navy. You might be reading maps during training, monitoring screens and radars, or even working on complex equipment.

You will need to have your medical and eye tests done by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors but don’t worry, they’re based all around the country so there should be one near you. You can find out exactly what we’re looking for during the medical and eye test by viewing the medical criteria page.

Pre Joining Fitness Test


The Pre Joining Fitness involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill at a fitness centre near you. Below are the times you’ll need to meet according to your age and sex.

Royal Navy Pre Joining Fitness Test
Age Men Women
15 - 24 11 mins 09 secs 13 mins 10 secs
25 - 29 11 mins 33 secs 13 mins 37 secs
30 - 34 11 mins 58 secs 14 mins 05 secs
35 - 39 12 mins 23 secs 14 mins 33 secs

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