Fit for the army

Hey, another post in English.

To be honest I like to write in english. Today I’m going to talk about “How to prepare yourself for army”.

Fitness is important for everyone, but it’s especially important for soldiers. As well as the health benefits that come with being fit, you also need to meet the physical demands of the job. The Army helps develop your fitness, but you will need to meet some basic fitness standards to check that you’re ready to start your Army training.

OFFICER FITNESS STANDARDS

Your fitness is tested during both stages of the Army Officer Selection Board process. Part of the assessment process is the beep test, which is used to measure your cardiovascular fitness. It involves running between two lines, 20 metres apart, within a fixed time determined by the beep. The interval between beeps steadily decreases, so you have to run faster. Your score is determined by the time at which you can no longer keep up. Other tests include sit-ups and press-ups.

There are different fitness standards for male and female candidates. Have a look at the table below to find out how you’ll be tested. If you cannot achieve the required result you may be asked to leave the course.

Test Male Female
Beep test Level 10.2 Level 8.1
Sit-ups 50 in two minutes 50 in two minutes
Press-ups 44 in two minutes 21 in two minutes

SOLDIER FITNESS STANDARDS

Your fitness is tested during the two-day selection process at an Army Development and Selection Centre. You will go through a range of strength and stamina tests, as well as a 1.5-mile run. The standards you need to meet in these tests depend on your choice of unit and job. Your Army Careers Adviser and the staff at the centre will be able to tell you more about the requirements for a specific job.

The same fitness standards apply to both male and female soldiers. Check the table below to find out what is expected of you. Your performance on each phase will be considered alongside all the other tests to give an overall score. If you are weak in one area you can make up for it on another test, so you should always give your best effort.

 

Test Description Standard
Static Lift You have to lift a weighted bag to a height of 1.45 metres.  The weight of the bag will vary between 15Kg to 40Kg depending on your age and the jobs you have applied for. You will need to lift the weight safely to a height of 1.45 metres. The weight will then be increased progressively after each succesful lift. Lifts are made with the legs bent and the back straight.
Jerry can test You have to carry two 20kg water containers over a set course of 150 metres. Your target distance will depend on the jobs you have applied for. Complete the course in two minutes or less.
2.4km (1.5 mile) Run A timed run over a fixed distance. The course is on level ground and on a good running surface. It is an individual best effort and your target time will depend on your age and the jobs you have applied for. Infantry require 12.45. Para require 09.40. RA, RAC, RE and RLC Pioneer require 13.15. AAC, AGC, AMS, CAM, INT, RAVC, REME, RLC and SIGS require 14.00.
All Junior’s less Para require 14.30. Junior Para require 10.00.

This information is taken by the British Army website.

Written by PaoPS (Soligram’s founder)

Soligram

 

 

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