Health & Fitness

Being paid to stay fit and healthy is one of the many benefits of joining the Army. Reaching the minimum fitness level required for entry is well within most people's capability.

How fit must I be to apply?

During the application process you’ll be assessed through (1) completion of a questionnaire relating to your medical history, (2) a physical examination, and (3) a Pre-entry Fitness Assessment (PFA). During the PFA you’ll need to be able to complete a specified number of exercises:


Push ups: 8

Sit ups (feet held): 45

Shuttle run score: 7.5


Push ups: 15

Sit ups (feet held): 45

Shuttle run score: 7.5

Special Forces must achieve 30 push ups, 60 sit ups and shuttle runs to level 10.1

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Alternative Pathways

If you have the attributes we're looking for but fail the PFA, there is an alternative pathway. You can apply to join the FitPrep (Fitness and Resilience Preparation) Program, which will help get you to the fitness levels required to undertake recruit training.

You can find more information on our flexible enlistment pathways on our Women in the ADF page.

Candidates must achieve a fitness level of 2 push-ups, 20 sit-ups and 5.5 on the beep test.

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What about weight?

The maximum allowable BMI for entry to the Army is 32.9 (29.9 for helicopter Pilots). BMIs of less than 18.5 are considered too low as they present a risk of injury during training.

Your BMI will be measured on Assessment Day and again on the day of entry to the Army. You will not be able to join if you are outside the specified range so check your BMI well in advance and if necessary, talk to your doctor about any lifestyle changes you may have to consider.

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Please note that the BMI result is indicative only, and there may be other factors that affect the result. An initial adverse BMI result or failing the pre-entry physical fitness test may not necessarily preclude you from into the ADF. However, some career paths apply stringent standards. For example some aircrew occupations must have a BMI between 18.5 to 29.9, however must have a body weight between 55kg and 105kg (in underwear).

Get fit enough to serve

Attaining the fitness required to join the Army is well within most people's capability. The new ADF Active mobile app is the smarter, more efficient way to reach that level.


Take the Pre-Entry Fitness Assessment to see how close you are to Army requirements. You can also check out your Body Mass Index.


From your results, ADF Active creates a personalised program designed to get you to the required fitness level in time for your interview.


You'll be shown the correct way to do push-ups and sit-ups, and complete a shuttle run (beep test), with step-by-step instructional videos.


Check how you're travelling with stats, graphs and badges, and along the way receive in-app advice and motivation from ADF PT Instructors.


Articles & Podcasts

Learn tips as you go on everything from recovery techniques to staying motivated.

Helpful Videos

Instructors demonstrate the most effective techniques.

Personalised Program

Workouts are tailored to your fitness level.

How fit must I be to serve?

For many recruits into the Army the physical exercise they do – which can be quite demanding during training – is all part of the fun. They enjoy improving their health in a supportive team environment.

The actual level of fitness you will be expected to reach varies greatly according to the role you've chosen. For instance, in combat roles the highest level is required while business-related roles require less.

It's also important that you maintain good levels of medical and dental fitness. Therefore regular medical checks, dental treatment and inoculations are compulsory, and all are provided free of charge to full-time personnel.