To prepare yourself for the physical aspects of recruit training you are strongly encouraged to commence and maintain a fitness program to ensure that you have an adequate level of physical fitness and muscle tone for all recruit training activities.

If you attempt to undertake recruit training with a less than adequate standard of physical fitness, you risk letting yourself and your team down. Those recruits who are physically prepared for their training generally cope better with the physical and mental demands of the course. Being physically fit significantly reduces the risk of injury. Injuries are the most common causes for a recruit to be suspended from training and back-coursed. Recruits can be discharged from the Air Force for failing to meet the required physical fitness standards within the prescribe time-frames of the course.

Your recruiting centre will assess your fitness using a sub-maximal fitness evaluation. It will involve running to a cadence consisting of a shuttle run (back and forth) over 20 metres, keeping up with a series of beeps on a cassette. The timing of the beeps starts off slowly and gradually gets faster, making it harder to keep up the required speed.

Once you achieve a pre-determined standard we will have a good indication of your current aerobic fitness level and you will be able to begin recruit training. If you cannot keep up with the required cadence, you will be asked to stop and you will not begin recruit training.

When you arrive at 1RTU you will be required to pass a Physical Fitness Test, which consists of the following:

  • flexed arm hang or push ups
  • sit ups (feet held or unheld)
  • 2.4km run.

2.4 km Run (min)

Flexed Arm Hang (sec)

Sit Ups Unheld (sec)

Sit Ups Held Push Ups

 

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Under 25

12

13

30

30

30

30

65

65

25

10

25 – 34

13

14

25

25

25

25

55

55

20

8

35 – 44

14

15

20

20

20

20

45

45

15

6

45 - 54

15

16

15

15

15

15

35

35

10

4