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RAF Basic Recruit Training Course – BRTC

RAF BRTC (basic recruit training) takes place over 10 weeks at RAF Halton for Airmen entrants or 24 weeks at RAF Cranwell for Officer entrants. The training will make you fitter, more confident and prepare you to carry out your role in the RAF. RAF BRTC FAQ We have...

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Best Cadet Backpacks

If you are joining the cadets, you will require a well-constructed, well-designed tactical backpack. Tactical backpacks are designed to give you access to vital gear and accessories so that you can get on top of situations before they overwhelm you and stay there...

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Army Cadet Activities

Joining the cadets will provide you with multiple skills. During your time in the Cadets you follow a path which gets more challenging each year. Before joining up you need to purchase your Army Cadet Kit from a reputable supplier to get your life in the cadets to a...

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What Kit to Bring to The UK Cadets?

There is a lot of information online about the cadets in the UK but not much detail on what kit you must bring to the cadets in the UK. This article explores the items that you need and the UK Cadet Kit Cost. The Ministry of Defence sponsors and supports five cadet...

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Cadets – What To Pack in Your Rucksack

This article covers advice for purchasing the correct cadet rucksack and what you should be packing your rucksack with for the first time as a cadet. A rucksack is one of the first items that you should purchase when joining the cadets in the UK as some of the time...

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Why is Wearing the Proper Socks Important in the Cadets?

Now that you have chosen the correct boots, the next important step is wearing the proper pair of UK Cadets Socks. Not all socks are created equally, and there are a few things you should consider when you are looking for socks to wear when training to be a Cadet. Why...

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Military Boots For Cadets

When it comes to finding a pair of boots for a new cadet there are several things to consider. Buying cadet boots can be a difficult process as there are many options available in terms of style, comfort, price, fit and durability. This article considers some of the...

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What Kit Will I Need to Join The UK Cadets?

Supply Drop has been providing the regular in the armed services with the professional kit they need for many years and have now expanded their services to supplying training kit for the UK Cadets. Needless to say, we will aim to supply kit for UK cadets which is made...

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Cadet Training Rothiemurchus Lodge

The Cadet Centre of Adventurous Training (CCAT) has three main UK Cadet Training Centres: Capel Curig Training Camp in north Wales Halton Training Camp near Lancaster Rothiemurchus Lodge near Aviemore The cadets also use overseas bases to deliver a range of training...

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Prince Philip Sea Cadet

The Naval Lads’ Brigade was born in 1856 to help orphans of the Crimean War who were sleeping in the back streets of England’s seaports. To help them, coastal communities banded together to provide places for sailors to pass on nautical skills and training to give...

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How to join the UK army Cadets

They will need to be at least aged 12 and in year 8 at school in England and Wales or year 9 in Northern Ireland and Scotland to join the Army Cadets. So, a child aged 12 on 1 September at the start of year 8 at school can apply to join the ACF. This article looks at...

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Cadet Halton Training Camp

Joining the army cadets lets people aim higher, feel more confident and get a head start on your future. Every year thousands of young people join the Army Cadets for fun, friendship, action and adventure. This article looks at what to expect in Lancaster and the...

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Army Cadet Fieldcraft Training

You can learn Fieldcraft throughout the year at local training sessions but during annual camp you will get to live out in the field over several days in a realistic environment. Make sure that you are fully prepared for fieldcraft annual camp by purchasing your Army...

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Initial RAF Officer Training

Initial Officer Training (IOT) at Royal Air Force College (RAFC)  Cranwell  is  the  gateway  to  becoming  an  officer   in   the   RAF. Make sure that you purchase Initial RAF Officer Training Kit before setting off to RAF Cranwell. Training   is   conducted  ...

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UK Cadet Training Centres

The Cadet Centre of Adventurous Training (CCAT) has three main UK UK Cadet Training Centres: Capel Curig Training Camp in north Wales Halton Training Camp near Lancaster Feshiebridge Lodge in the Cairngorm National Park The cadets also use overseas bases to deliver a...

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Cadet Canoeing and Kayaking Adventurous Training

The Cadet Centre for Adventurous Training (CCAT) was established to deliver Adventurous Training (AT) qualification and skill-based experience courses for Senior Cadets aged 16+ from the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and Combined Cadet Force (CCF). It is important that...

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Army Cadet Training

The Army Cadet Force aims to inspire young people between 12 and 18 years old during their time as a Cadet to use UK army cadet training to develop themselves mentally and physically, to: Challenging their limits. Grow their abilities to go further in life. Unlock...

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Covid-19 Armed Forces Recruitment

The rising unemployment caused by Covid-19, particularly reflected in the 18 to 24-year-old age group, offers a chance to boost armed forces recruitment in the UK. This article looks at the impact of Covid-19 on Armed Forces Recruitment. The armed forces hit 93% of...

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What is The Royal Navy Recruitment Process?

Joining the Royal Navy takes eight steps. Below is an overview of how to apply for the Royal Navy. How to apply for the Royal Navy Register Your Interest Naval Service Recruiting Test Royal Navy Interview Royal Navy Medical and Eye Tests Royal Navy Fitness Test...

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What is The RAF Recruitment Process?

Joining the RAF takes seven steps. Below is an overview of how to apply for the RAF: How to apply for the RAF Submit Application Aptitude Test Selection Interview Health Assessment Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT) Pre-Recruit Training Acceptance Provisional Offer of...

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What to Bring to Initial Military Training?

Your initial weeks at basic military training will be busy - there will be a lot of administration required and you need to arrive well prepared.  You will be issued with all your military clothing and equipment on arrival, however there are several things what to...

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How To Join The Royal Navy

In this article you will find out how to join the Royal Navy as a Rating in terms of eligibility, preparing for tests and getting ready for your career in the Royal Navy. The exact requirements vary from role to role and all roles within the Royal Navy are open to...

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How to Join the RAF

If you are wondering how to join the RAF, you will need to meet certain criteria which fall into the following categories: Nationality & Residency Age Education Fitness Health Background Checks Disqualifying Factors Some criteria apply to everyone joining the RAF;...

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Armed Forces Kit

Supply Drop provide two ways to order the armed forces kit that you need to start your initial armed forces basic training: Different packages that contain many of the essential items Individual items, if you already own some of the items that you need Specific...

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UK Military Training

The UK Military consists of three service branches and each has its own UK Military Training function: The British Army The Naval Service (comprising the Royal Navy and Royal Marines) The Royal Air Force (RAF) Each service branch is made up of Commissioned Officers...

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British Forces Initial Training Products

Over the past few years Supply Drop has been offering new recruits, to the RAF and Royal Navy, basic initial training packages that contain many of the items needed when they arrive at RAF Halton or HMS Raleigh. These British Forces Initial Training Products have been...

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RAF Training Bases

While your initial RAF training will take place at RAF Halton and your technical training will probably take place at RAF Cosford, the RAF is committed to a world class on-going training programme to ensure that all service staff are ready for action. This article...

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Royal Navy Training Bases

This article provides a list of Royal Navy Training Bases, where you will conduct your Royal Navy training: HMS Collingwood (Fareham, Hampshire) HMS Collingwood is the Royal Navy's largest training establishment. It is the headquarters of the Maritime Warfare School...

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RAF Fitness and Sports

Fitness in the RAF is very important as the RAF is always on the move, whether operating in combat zones or on peaceful missions, you must be ready for anything, so you will need to be physically fit. This article discusses RAF fitness training and the sports...

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Royal Navy Fitness and Sports

There is a high demand of fitness in all branches of the military service in the UK. This article looks at Royal Navy Fitness Training and sports that you can enjoy in the Royal Navy. Pre-Joining Fitness Test The Navy has designed fitness programmes for people of all...

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Armed Forces Enlistment

This article covers the terms and conditions of armed forces enlistment as a common tri-service process. Arms Forces Recruitment Armed Forces Enlistment is the process through which enables a member of the public to progress from an initial enquiry to enlistment as a...

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Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO)

You can start your application to each of the three-armed forces in the UK by visiting an Armed Forces Careers Office which are located all over the country. These are links to the AFCO website for each of the armed forces in the UK: Royal Navy Army Royal Air Force...

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Royal Air Force Training Covid-19

Royal Air Force training remains open for recruitment and is accepting applications for Regulars, Reserves, and Re-joiners as for the RAF pausing recruitment was not an option. In the light of Covid-19, the Royal Air Force, decided that all face-to-face visits to...

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Royal Navy Training During Covid-19

The Royal Navy has been asking recruits to self-isolate for 14 days before arriving at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall to keep training continuing Royal Navy Training During Covid-19, as the flow of new sailors is vital for operations while waiting for the emergency that the...

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HM Naval Base Devonport

Devonport in Plymouth is the largest naval base in Western Europe and has been assisting the Royal Navy since 1691. The site covers more than 650 acres, has 15 dry docks, four miles of waterfront, 25 tidal berths and five basins. The functions of HM Naval Base...

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The Royal Navy Fleets

This article is a summary of the fleets within the Royal Navy and the Royal Navy Fleet Training required. The Surface Fleet consists of Aircraft carriers, assault ships, destroyers, and frigates. These ships are used for roles varying from combat missions to...

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Royal Navy Training at HMS Collingwood

HMS Collingwood is the Royal Navy's largest training establishment. It is the headquarters of the Maritime Warfare School and Surface Stream. Royal Navy Training at HMS Collingwood includes Warfare, Weapon Engineering, Diving, Physical Training, Chemical Biological...

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Royal Navy Initial Training Period and Minimum Service

Royal Navy Initial Training Period and Further Training Royal Navy Training falls into two areas: Initial training, that undertaken by officers, ratings, and other ranks prior to joining the active service Further training, who those who are already in active service....

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Additional Royal Navy Initial Training at Dartmouth

The COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak has led to increased demand and Royal Navy Initial Training at Dartmouth  is taking place for the first time ever. History of Royal Navy Training The Royal Navy was formally founded in 1546 by Henry VIII, although England had...

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Life in the Royal Navy

Royal navy after initial training and the challenge of the professional training. Your First Year Your first year in the Royal Navy will change your life. You’ll experience an approach to work and a way of life that’s completely different to what you know. It’s hard...

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Roles in the Royal Navy

To join the Royal Navy, you will need to meet certain criteria, like nationality, age, education and health. Some criteria apply to everyone joining the Royal Navy others only apply to specific roles. Before joining up you will need to complete basic training at RMS...

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What to Expect at Pre-Royal Navy Course (PRNC) Training

Before you start Royal Navy Basic Training all recruits must attend the Pre-Royal Navy Course Day 1 at Pre-Royal Navy Course PRNC takes place in one of the two Royal Navy Acquaint Centre's; either at HMS Collingwood in Hampshire or MOD Caldeonia in Rosyth. Firstly,...

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Royal Navy Joining Requirements

To join the Royal Navy, you will need to meet different criteria for: Age Nationality and Residency Education Drug and Substance Misuse Financial Requirements Criminal Convictions Tattoos Fitness and Health Some criteria apply to everyone joining the Royal Navy,...

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Fitness in the Royal Navy

There are three stages of Royal Navy Basic Fitness Training that you need to come through to start working in the Royal Navy in your selected profession: Pre-joining Fitness Test (PJFT) Pre Royal Navy Course (PRNC) Basic Training Each stage has its own assessments,...

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Supply Drop

Supply Drop Military Training Kit was set up in 2018 by a serving Royal Air Force Engineer. We had experienced first-hand what it was like to purchase the extensive amount of items required for military basic training, and the consequences when exactly the right brand...

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Royal Navy Initial Rating Training

Royal Navy Initial Rating Training new Royal Navy recruits, HMS Raleigh, is situated on the banks of the River Tamar in Cornwall, despite its nautical name, HMS Raleigh is a 239 acre landlocked site. There are 450 or so new recruits who are stationed here at any one...

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History of HMS Raleigh

Six ships and one shore establishment of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Raleigh, named after Sir Walter Raleigh. Sir Walter Raleigh was an English explorer, soldier and writer. At age 17, he fought with the French Huguenots and later studied at Oxford. He...

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Royal Navy Recruitment Process

Royal Navy applicants must successfully complete each stage of the Royal Navy Recruitment process to join the Royal Navy. The Royal Navy selection process is very competitive, and the successful completion of these stages does not guarantee an offer of employment. The...

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Royal Navy Basic Training

Your Royal Navy training is made up of two phases: Royal Navy Basic Training and Royal Navy Professional Training. Royal Navy Basic Training takes place at HMS Raleigh and lasts for 10 weeks. The Royal Navy Basic Training consists of both physical and mental tests,...

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RAF Training from World War II Onwards

World War II and The Battle Of Britain RAF pilot training - At the outbreak of war on September 3, 1939, the first-line strength of the RAF in the United Kingdom was about 2,000 aircraft. These were grouped into the following commands: Fighter Command, concerned with...

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History of RAF Training – Upto World War II

The origins in the history of RAF  training can be traced back to 1878, when experiments with balloons were performed at Woolwich Arsenal in London. In 1911, an air battalion of the Royal Engineers was formed at Farnborough, Hampshire. Also, in 1911, the first RAF...

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Life as a RAF Regular

RAF Regulars are full-time personnel that can be posted in the UK and all over the world. Life as a RAF Regular is - work normal five-day weeks and have evenings and weekends to themselves. That said, they’re not nine-to-fivers; they do what’s needed to get the job...

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Roles in the RAF

RAF Training Kit for Initial Training - Joining the RAF entitles you to a highly competitive benefits package, including: A competitive pay and pension Training and life-long learning Six weeks’ paid leave Free medical and dental care Subsidised food and accommodation...

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What Comes After RAF Initial Training

If you manage to pass the arduous Initial Training at RAF Halton – (roughly one third of new recruits fail at the first attempt - so be prepared)  – then you will move onto more specialist training. The 10-week Initial Training at RAF Halton is designed adjust you to...

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Failure to Complete RAF Initial Training

At every RAF Initial Training course, there are a certain percentage of recruits who do not achieve the desired results and fail to graduate. Many of those who fail will end up re-taking RAF phase 1 training. Basic training is hard with 10 weeks of rigorous mental and...

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RAF Ranks

The Royal Air Force introduced officer RAF ranks in 1919. Prior to this, Army ranks were used. Interestingly, many ranks within the Royal Air Force do not correspond with the actual duties of an officer. For example, a pilot officer may not be trained to pilot an...

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Pre-Recruit RAF Fitness Programme

The Royal Air Force has set up a RAF fitness programme so that you are ready for the two fitness tests in your RAF Application process, and for the start of your Phase One training course. The 12-week fitness programme, will will help you get up to a minimum level of...

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RAF Application Process

The Royal Air Force (RAF) need talented and committed people to help them function effectively, and they have developed a selection process to ensure they find them. Each stage of the RAF Application Process has been designed to help the RAF to identify people who are...

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RAF Halton Basic Training 2020 – Week by Week Guide

Recruit RAF Basic training 2020 at RAF Halton lasts ten weeks and each day is different. Each day you will learn new skills and face new challenges. There will be a big change in the recruit as they develop their skills and become an important part of a professional...

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What Happens at RAF Basic Training?

Initial military training has the common aim across all the services of taking civilians and preparing them for life in the Army, Navy or RAF. What Happens at RAF Basic Training?  A high proportion of the new recruits are adolescents, and the idea is to introduce them...

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Tips on what to bring to BRTC

In this article, we look at past experiences to create a list of useful ideas on what to bring and do to your RAF Basic Training, RAF Phase 1 at RAF Halton. Shaving Gel is easier to keep clean for inspection and the pressurised shaving foam cans can leak throughout...

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RAF Citizen requirements

To be able to apply for RAF Basic Training or any RAF job, you must be a: British Citizen British National British/Dual National Commonwealth Citizen Irish Republic National If you do not fall into one these categories, you are ineligible to join the RAF. For security...

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Use of Social Media Online

RAF Basic Training Social Media Responsibility - social networking sites are great for keeping in touch with family and friends, and letting the world know what you’re up to. But be extra careful if you have identified yourself as being a member of the military or an...

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How to Get to RAF Halton

RAF Halton, Aylesbury Vale Royal Air Force Halton, or more simply RAF Halton, is one of the largest Royal Air Force stations in the United Kingdom. It is located near the village of Halton near Wendover, Buckinghamshire. The site has been in use since the First World...

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Things not to bring to RAF Basic Training

RAF Basic Training is designed to test you to your limits, taking you outside of your comfort zone. You will be in the care of the Royal Air Force and they will provide you with all the support you will need. We have detailed here what to bring  as your RAF Basic...

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Paperwork Essentials for Air Force Basic Training

Paperwork is boring but you must bring the appropriate paperwork, as well as your kit, to RAF Halton Basic Training. Arrival day will be very busy and nearly everyone is nervous. During this day you will have to do plenty of paper work to do, so make sure that you...

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What to bring to RAF Basic Training – non clothing

Heading off to RAF Halton Air Force Basic Training for 10 weeks is stressful enough, without being prepared for it will be even worse. In this article, we describe what non-clothing items are in your raf prtc (BRTC) kit list. This article concerns the non-clothing...

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Basic Training Entry Test for the Army

The new Basic Training Entry Test for the Army is designed to be a better reflection of the types of tasks that you will use in the Army, testing physical fitness and strength. The testing consists of 3 separates exercises; the medicine throw ball, the mid-thigh pull...

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Beards in the RAF

Since September 1st 2019, men are now allowed to grow a smart, trimmed beard in the Military. The relaxation in policies aims to encourage diversity in the recruitment process and allow members of the Armed Forces to have more control over their own appearance. The...

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Russell Hobbs Steam Iron

During phase 1 training, no matter whether it be RAF Halton, ITC Catterick, HMS Raleigh and many more. Most have never touched an iron before. Many people burn their uniform when they start off. This can cause much unneeded stress during your time at basic training....

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Ironing tips to help you through training

Chances are if you are joining the British military you may not have ever touched an iron before. You may even be sitting in the AFCO right now, thinking am I the only one that can’t iron. Some have, but most have not. Ironing takes practise and will take a lot of...

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New Army Physical Fitness Test for Combat Roles

After 20 years of the same British military fitness test, the Army has decided to update its methods. The New Army Physical Fitness Test began in 2019, and they have named the new programme the In Service Physical Employment Standards (PES). It was created to be...

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