Officer: Stages and standards

Before starting your career as a Royal Navy Officer, you need to pass a series of mental and physical tests, to make sure you’re ready for the rigours of officer life. Successfully completing them means you can begin your Royal Navy journey. Preparation, naturally, is key. The stages that you will have to complete are as follows:

  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 tests, with exacting standards you’ll need to meet to prove you’re up to the physical demands of life in the Royal Navy. Many of these tests will directly influence whether your are successful in your application, while some are pass or fail, so it’s vital that you’re in peak physical condition.

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

Pre-joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

For the PJFT you will be expected to push yourself to produce your best effort. If you’re going to excel at the PJFT (and in your initial training), it’s critical that you get in the best possible physical condition.


For the PJFT, you’ll need to complete a 2.4km run on a treadmill, where you will be expected to push yourself to produce your best effort. The required times to achieve the minimum standard are as follows:




15 - 24

11 mins 09 secs

13 mins 10 secs

25 - 29

11 mins 33 secs

13 mins 37 secs

30 - 31

11 mins 58 secs

14 mins 5 secs

Time to aim for:

Satisfactory time:

Minimum pass time:


The test takes place at a Nuffield fitness centre. They’re all over the country, so you’ll be able to find one near you


Typically, we’ll invite you to the PJFT within 28 days of you passing your medical