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 Naval 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. 


Initial Naval Training (Officer) (INT(O))

Providing you are selected by the final selection board at the AIB, you will be able to start your Initial Naval Training (Officer) – and your Royal Navy Career – at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth. INT(O) is your Phase 1 Basic Training, before you move on to Phase 2, the Professional Training that is appropriate to your chosen role.

You will be given an entry date by your Area Career Liaison Officer (ACLO). This information will be provided to allow suitable time for any necessary arrangements.

INT(O) is a 30-week course and is your comprehensive induction into Naval life as an officer. It is a physically demanding course, particularly in the first 15 weeks of Militarisation. You should aim to arrive with a good standard of fitness, but maintaining the levels that meant success at the PJFT as a minimum will stand you in good stead for INT(O). We will then take you to the required standards during your training.