Like all armed forces, the British Army has a fitness test for every soldier, no matter what corps they are in. Passing the British Army basic fitness test requires discipline and training to complete, but with enough determination and patience, it can be done.
The British Army fitness requirements consists of a 1.5 mile (2.4 kilometres) run, chin-ups, static lifts, dynamic lifts, back extensions and a 'Jerry Can Test'. The standards for each test are the same for both male and female soldiers. The run The run must be completed in a set amount of time, which will differ in each corps. A paratrooper must complete the run in 9:18, while the Royal Armoured Corps, Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Household Cavalry and RLC Logistic Combat Engineers require 13:15. Standard infantry soldiers must complete the run in 12:45. The Jerry Can Test For the Jerry Can Test, soldiers must carry two 20 kilogram (44 pound) through a 60-150 metre course in under two minutes. The length of the course will differ depending on the corps that the soldier is applying for. The chin-up, or heaves, test requires a soldier to perform as many chin-ups as they can before they have to stop. There is no minimum requirement, though the performance is considered alongside all the other tests to develop an overall score. The back extension test consists of strapping a soldier into a test rig and pushes back as hard as they can. The performance is considered alongside all the other tests to develop an overall score. The static lift test is performed by lifting a device that is strapped on the floor as hard as you can. It will measure the amount of force exerted. Dynamic lifting consists of lifting incremental amounts of weights on a machine to a height of 1.45 metres. The performance of both is considered alongside all the other tests to develop an overall score.
Male and female officers have different standards for each test. Officer testing consists of the beep test, a push-up test and a sit-up test.
The beep test The beep test consists of running between two lines 20 metres apart within a fixed time limit that is measured by the beep. Male officers must reach at least level
10.2 and female officers must reach level 8.1. The sit-up test The sit-up test is two minutes long and requires all officers to complete at least
50 sit-ups before the time limit is over. The push-up test The push-up test (also called the press-up test) requires male officers to complete 44 push-ups in two minutes, and female officers to complete 21 push-ups in two minutes.