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, which will take you to the required fitness levels during your Initial Navy Training.

It is essential to achieve and maintain the minimum levels of physical fitness as you will be required to remain fit for all duties expected of you during your time in the Royal Navy.

In the Royal Navy, your physical fitness must be good enough to perform tasks such as fire-fighting, damage control and casualty carrying.

Pre-joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

A pre-joining fitness test was introduced to the Royal Navy selection process for Royal Navy Ratings in 2003.

The scientific basis for the test came from the investigation to discover if anthropometric and physical fitness measures contributed to training failure.

RAF potential recruits must now show a minimum standard of aerobic fitness prior to their arrival at HMS Raleigh for their Royal Navy Basic Training.

You do not need to be as fit as a professional athlete to start the recruitment process, but you need to assess in what condition you are in to make the improvements you need. The Royal Navy has broken the fitness levels into three states:

  • Beginner – this is If you are not currently training or have been training for less than two months.
  • Intermediate – this is If you are currently training or have been training for somewhere between 2-6 months.
  • Advanced – this is If you have been training frequently for over a year, and for more than 3-4 times a week

Tougher fitness tests for candidates for the Navy, were introduced in January 2013.

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. The standards have been set to take into account the physical differences between the men and women, and the natural decline in stamina levels as you get older.

Royal Navy Pre Joining Fitness Test Standards

Age Group Men Women
15 – 24 11 mins 13 secs 13 mins 15 secs
25 – 29 11 mins 38 secs 13 mins 50 secs
30 – 34 12 mins 08 secs 14 mins 28 secs
35 – 39 12 mins 34 secs 15 mins 09 secs

Potential Royal Navy recruits are also required to pass a medical exam, which includes an eye test.

Royal Navy Course (PRNC)

The Pre-Royal Navy Course (PRNC) is a four-day course that all Rating recruits must attend before Royal Navy Basic Training.

PRNC will take place in at one of the Royal Navy’s Acquaint Centres at either HMS Collingwood in Hampshire, or MOD Caldeonia in Rosyth.

The Pre-Royal Navy Course will give you the opportunity to get a taste of Naval life, will give you an insight into your basic training at HMS Raleigh, and will give you an understanding of what is expected of you when you are in the Royal Navy. The content of the Pre-Royal Navy Course includes:

  • Outline of your Initial Royal Naval Training programme
  • Introduction to expected fitness standards, Initial Military Fitness and swimming test
  • Ethos and values of the Royal Navy
  • Royal Navy kit maintenance, marching, discipline, teamwork and personal responsibilities
  • A visit to a surface warship and submarine

Royal Navy Basic Fitness Training

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