Band Service: Stages and standards

So, you’ve decided to join the Royal Marines Band Service. Before you can start your career as one of the world’s finest military musicians, you need to pass a series of physical tests. Get through these and you can begin your journey in the Naval Service. To help you prepare, here are the three stages that you will have to complete:

  1. Pre-joining Fitness Test (PJFT)
  2. Audition and physical stamina tests
  3. Initial Military 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 Marines. 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.


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