Much like the interview, the fitness test will show how much effort you’ve put in. It’s 100% down to you if you pass or not.
I will say one thing though, it was a lot easier than I expected and if I had known how easy I would find it, I wouldn’t have worried about it at all.
The fitness test is conducted at a Nuffield Health or Fitness First Gym
The PJFT is made up of the following parts –
- 1.5 mile / 2.4 km run on a treadmill in a certain* time
- A certain* amount of press ups in a minute
- A certain* amount of sit ups in a minute
*The time in which you have to complete the run depends on whether you are male or female and how old you are. The following table is the current standards as of May 2014. While they will probably stay the same, please be advised that they have changed in the past and could change again.
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In my experience, I was allowed to set the speed of the treadmill myself, and change it at any time during the test. I was told that 13km/h would just about pass the male minimum time limit for my age (11 minutes 11 seconds), but I would advise setting it a bit quicker to make sure you comfortably pass.
If you’ve done a bit of work before your attempt the PJFT, you shouldn’t really have any problems. I found it a lot easier than I thought I would, especially the press-ups and sit-ups. The test came around a lot sooner than I expected, and even though I had been running most nights and working on my press-ups and sit-ups I was a bit worried that I hadn’t had enough time to prepare as well as I could.
The fact is, I passed the test with reasonably good results on the press-ups and sit-ups but a pretty average run time. The idea being that I wanted to leave myself room to improve at the PRTC and BRTC (where you will undertake more fitness tests). I could have gone absolutely flat out at the PJFT but that only would have made life more difficult as I really would have had to push myself to breaking point to improve for training. RAF Halton is where fitness really matters. You want to be doing your best, and the PTI’s will make sure you are, so I want to be sure that I know I can easily improve on my performance when I’m there. Maybe I’m being a bit tactical but it just makes sense to me.
Also worth mentioning is your blood pressure will be taken at the PJFT before you’re allowed to start the test, and you’ll have to sign a couple of forms. Your height and weight will be taken at some point also as it needs to be recorded on your results sheet.
All in all though, the PJFT was quite a good experience and I’ll be looking forward to the fitness tests at PRTC and Basic Training to see how much I can improve!