Ratings: Stages and standards

So, you’ve decided to join the Royal Navy as a Rating, but before you can start your training, we need to conduct a number of physical assessments. Once successfully completed you can begin your Royal Navy journey. To help you prepare, here are the three stages that you will have to complete.

  1. Pre-joining Fitness Test (PJFT)
  2. Candidate Preparation Course (CPC)
  3. Initial Naval Training (INT)

Each stage has its own assessments, where you’ll need to meet them to prove you’re up to the physical demands required 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.

Pre-joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

The PJFT is conducted on a treadmill, where you will be required to run 2.4km in a time specific to your gender and age group.




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 0 secs

Minimum pass time:


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

Please note, if you have transitioned your gender and are unsure of the standards you are required to achieve please contact your local Careers Office who will be able to advise you.


Typically, the PJFT will be required to be booked post your Recruiting Test.