Marines Commando: Stages and standards

Most people wouldn’t even contemplate putting their body under the strain that joining the Royal Marines requires. Now you’ve decided to become a Royal Marines Commando, you’re here because you want to make sure you make the grade.

You’ll faced with an exacting standards that you’ll need to meet and exceed if you’re to prove you can hack it as a Royal Marines Commando. Most of these tests have a minimum requirement, but it is a key part of the Royal Marines ethos to push to the limit, regardless of what is acceptable.


Pre-joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

You will be expected to push yourself to produce your best effort. If you’re going to excel at the PJFT (and in your initial training), it’s critical that you get in the best possible physical condition.

What?

You’ll need to complete two 2.4km runs on a treadmill. To pass you will need to do the first run in less than 12 minutes and 30 seconds. The second run will start after a one-minute break and will need to be completed in less than 10.30 minutes. This time is an absolute minimum requirement and the expectation is that you return the best possible result.


Where?

The test takes place at a Nuffield fitness centre. They’re all over the country, so you’ll be able to find one near you


When?

Typically, we’ll invite you to the PJFT within 28 days of you passing your medical