Fitness requirements

How fit must I be to apply?

Being paid to stay fit and healthy is one of the many benefits of joining the ADF. The good news is, reaching the necessary medical and fitness requirements for the Navy, Army or Air Force for entry is well within most people’s capability. During the application process you may be assessed through:

  1. Completion of a questionnaire relating to your medical history
  2. A medical examination
  3. A Pre-entry Fitness Assessment (PFA).

About the Pre-entry Fitness Assessment (PFA)

Six weeks prior to joining the Navy, Army or Air Force, you may be required to take a Pre-entry Fitness Assessment (PFA) depending on the fitness requirements of your chosen role, which involves completing a specific number of exercises to a certain standard.

Fitness requirements vary according to the Service or role you’ve chosen. Depending on your Service and role, you may be required to complete additional exercises.

PFA exercises may include sit-ups, push-ups, and a beep test.

You’ll also need a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18.5 and 32.9, depending on the role. It's recommended to consult your doctor before starting an exercise program if your BMI is outside of this range.

Fitness requirements by Service

Answers to your most frequently asked fitness requirement questions

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