HEALTH & FITNESS IN THE ADF

Most ADF roles involve outdoor activity so a reasonable level of fitness is required. For many recruits into the Navy, Army and Air Force 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, and being paid to do so.

HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?

The actual level of fitness you will be expected to acquire varies widely according to the role you've chosen. In physically-demanding jobs the highest level is required as poor fitness could jeopardise the safety of others.

Initially however, you'll just need to pass a Pre-entry Fitness Assessment (PFA) as part of the application process. If you're reasonably fit and active and train in advance, you should be able to pass it. Download our ADF Active app below, to help you prepare.

PFA MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR FEMALE APPLICANTS

SIT UPS: 20

PUSH UPS: 6

SHUTTLE RUN: LEVEL 6.1

SIT UPS: 45

PUSH UPS: 8

SHUTTLE RUN: LEVEL 7.5

SIT UPS: 20

PUSH UPS: 4

SHUTTLE RUN: LEVEL 6.5

WHAT ABOUT WEIGHT?

The maximum allowable Body Mass Index (BMI) for entry to the ADF is 32.9 (29.9 for Pilots). BMIs of less than 18.5 are considered too low as they present a risk of injury during training. So check your BMI well in advance of your first interview and if necessary, talk to your doctor about any lifestyle changes you may have to consider.

WHAT SPORTS ARE AVAILABLE?

ADF activities cover just about every sport you can imagine. They include netball, volleyball, soccer, hockey, sailing, diving, water skiing, gliding and even Nordic skiing and rock climbing. Most bases have fully-equipped gyms, swimming pools, and tennis, squash and basketball courts, because staying fit is an essential part of your role in the Navy, Army and Air Force.

Are you within the acceptable weight range for ADF entry?

DO YOU HAVE ANY FITNESS TIPS?

The ADF has no interest in seeing you fail fitness tests. We help and encourage you to reach the fitness levels required with resources such as these:

Get fit and prepare for assessment with ADF Active on your iPhone.

Learn the correct way to push-up, sit-up and carry out shuttle runs.

Find out if you're within the acceptable weight range for entry.

WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE

CALL US ON 13 19 01 to talk to women serving in the ADF

Meet ADF women at an info Session or Facebook event

Download our Women in the ADF Brochure

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