Officer: Stages and standards

So you have decided to join the Royal Navy as an Officer, but before you can start your training we will need to conduct a number of physical and mental assessments. Once successfully completed you will begin your Royal Navy journey to help you prepare, here are the stages that you have to complete:

  1. Pre-joining Fitness Test (PJFT)
  2. Interview (there is no physical test at this stage, but you need to pass it to progress to the next)
  3. The Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)
  4. Initial Naval Training (Officer) (INT(O))

Each stage has its own assessments, where you’ll need to meet to prove you’re up to the physical demands to commence your Royal Navy training. Don't worry, we are not looking for Olympic Athletes, simply to ascertain you are suitably prepared and ready to commence your Royal Navy journey - we will then take you to the required fitness levels during your Initial Naval Training.

Get fit to join is here to help you get ready for each stage. You can navigate through the process, see exactly what you are required to pass and find out how you can give yourself an edge. 

Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

The AIB is a stage of the joining process that’s specific to officers. It’s a one-and-a-half-day assessment, which takes place at HMS Sultan and is designed to test your suitability for a Royal Navy leadership role. Visit 'How can I prepare?' to find out more on the full process.


What is required of you at the AIB?

Select from the options below to see the running times and minimum standards for your age and gender.




15 - 24

12 mins 16 secs

14 mins 29 secs

25 - 29

12 mins 42 secs

14 mins 58 secs

30 - 34

13 mins 09 secs

15 mins 29 secs

35 - 39

13 mins 37 secs

16 mins 00 secs

Minimum pass time:

Running guide

Running will be an essential part of your Initial Naval Training. Some guides to give yourself an edge are below.

2.4 km run on tarmac

Body conditioning exercises

Body conditioning is an important element to ensure you remain physically capable and conditioned for service life.

Body conditioning exercises

Swim assessments

The swimming assessment is conducted in a swimming pool, where you will need to display your ability to operate in water. The swim assessment requires you to swim 50m without touching the sides or the bottom of the pool and climb out unaided within four minutes. 

Swimming assessments


Minimum pass time

50m within 4 mins

This is a pass or fail assessment


Tread water

Additional information

Some additional tips to help in your preparation can be found below.

Additional advice