Ratings: Stages and standards

So, you’ve decided to join the Royal Navy as a Rating, but before you can start your career, you need to pass a series of physical tests. Get through these and 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. Pre Royal Navy Course (PRNC)
  3. Basic Training

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.

'Get fit to join' is here 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

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

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