Military Fitness

Military Fitness

As we approach Anzac Day on the 25th of April, we, along with paying our respects to those who have served, to highlight the fitness requirements and tips surrounding the Australian Defence Force.


Many people delay applying for the armed forces for one key reason – they don’t think they are fit enough. Obviously fitness is a big part of joining the armed forces, so as you would expect, training people up and maintaining their fitness is their bread and butter. As a result, their tests are tough, but not unachievable. The recruiters don’t want to see you fail. There are plenty of sources on requirements on how to get into the armed forces, but lets first take a look at their requirements:


Defence Jobs states:

All candidates who have been recommended for appointment or enlistment must undergo a Pre-entry Fitness Assessment (PFA) prior to entry. This incudes the Multistage Fitness Test (or shuttle run) to measure your aerobic capacity. All candidates must also perform push ups and sit-ups.



Male requirement: 15 push-ups, 20 sit-ups, 6.1 shuttle run score

Female Requirement: 6 Push-ups, 20 Sit-ups, 6.1 shuttle run score



Male requirement: 15 push-ups, 45 sit-ups, 7.5 shuttle run score,

Female Requirement: 8 Push-ups, 45 Sit-ups, 7.5 shuttle run score


Air Force:

Male requirement: 10 push-ups, 20 sit-ups, 6.5 shuttle run score,

Female Requirement: 4 Push-ups, 20 Sit-ups, 7.5 shuttle run score


(You’ll be interested to know that for consideration in the Special Forces Direct Recruiting Scheme, standards are: 30 Push-ups, 60 Sit-ups, 10.1 shuttle run score!)


As you can see, these are entirely achievable if you don’t already qualify (obviously we don’t know the requirements of the shuttle run for that would require an entirely new article check If you well and truly want to be considered, just follow a simple but strict process:


  • Have a plan – The military are well drilled in process and preparation and tend not to ‘wing’ things, so having a plan will show you already have the right mentality.
  • Brush up on your technique – The military is also meant to be a machine of efficiency, so if you’re not executing your exercises with the right technique, you’re most likely not getting the most out.. There is also a general mentality of “our way or the highway”, so get used to it!
  • Use a fitness companion – The military is all about working in teams and there is no ‘I’ in team! Having someone to help you along the way can help you reach your goals faster.


Fitness, whether it is for the military or just personal wellbeing, is easily obtainable. It just starts with a small commitment and we offer the pathways for this knowledge and motivation with our fitness courses.


For information on our fitness and massage courses, please visit our website or give us a call on 1300 002 232

Posted On 01/04/16

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