Health & Fitness


Many Navy roles involve outdoor activity, and a reasonable level of fitness is required. Regular exercise is an important part of service life, so you'll get paid to keep fit.



The Navy swim test

During Navy Military Training, whether heading to the New Entry Sailor Course (Recruit School) or the New Entry Officer Course, you'll need to pass a swim test to graduate. It involves all the components below:

  • Safety jump off a 3m tower
  • 10m underwater swim
  • 50m swim using survival strokes
  • Treading water or floating for 15 minutes
Note: You will be wearing your Navy uniform during the swim test.

How fit must I be to apply?

To join the Navy, it's important that you meet the necessary medical and physical requirements. Regular exercise prior to joining will set you up for success as it is an important part of training and service life.

Once you join, Navy will support your physical conditioning to ensure your prepared to serve, along with fitness with physical training instructors, chef-made meals, access to gyms, sports and PT sessions. Throughout your Navy career you will be expected to conduct an annual fitness test which includes a plank and run/walk.

During the application process you’ll be assessed through completion of a questionnaire relating to your medical history and a physical examination. A condition of entry is that you will be tested for a variety of viral infections, including HIV and Hepatitis B and C. The presence of any of these infections could adversely affect your application.

A Pre-entry Fitness Assessment (PFA) is a requirement for Navy Divers which consists of 30 push ups, 25 sit ups and a shuttle run to level 10.1.


A condition of entry is that you will be tested for a variety of viral infections, including HIV and Hepatitis B and C. The presence of any of these infections could adversely affect your application.


What about weight What about weight
What about weight?

The maximum allowable BMI for entry to the Navy is 32.9. 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 Navy. 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

Regular exercise prior to joining the Navy is well within most people's capability. The ADF Active mobile app is an efficient way to assist with fitness.

Personalised Program

The ADF Active app can create a personalised program to assist with your fitness.

Technique training

The app can show you the correct way to do push-ups and sit-ups, and complete a shuttle run (beep test), with step-by-step instructional videos.

Tracking & Guidance

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

 

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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 How fit must I be
How fit must I be to serve?

For many recruits into the Navy 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, Navy Diver roles have the highest level required while other 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.