PREPARATION FOR THE RECRUITMENT COURSE
 
What did you do before joining day one in the army?
People from various backgrounds have different approaches to fitness. Some people tend to do sports, play football, basketball, athletics or any other physically demanding sport not just because they want to be fit but because they view sports as their hobby. Other people tend to do physical training with a view to remain fit. Finally, there are people who are inactive. Where do you fit in?
In any case, the following physical programme schedule is devised for a generic approach in order to get you physically up to speed to a good standard that we expect of the army recruit on the first day.
 
Recruit Physical Efficiency Test
All applicants are to successfully pass the PET prior to being enlisted into the Army. Should you fail the PET, you will not be enlisted. Headquarters AFM will advise you in advance so that you can bring running shoes, T-shirt, shorts, a towel and toiletries. The aim of the PET is to determine if a potential recruit is at a sufficient level of fitness to safely commence training. This assessment must be passed.
The PET for the Army consists of a one-mile run, push-ups and sit-ups. The required standards for the PET are listed below:
 
 
Category
One-mile Run
 
Sit Ups
(repetitions in 2 minutes)
Push Ups
(repetitions in 2 minutes)
Males
8 minutes 30 seconds
37
30
Females
10 minutes 18 seconds
35
11
 
Push-Ups
The Push-Up event measures the endurance of the chest, shoulder and triceps muscles. You will start the push up from the front-leaning rest position by placing your hands where they are comfortable for you. Your feet may be together or up to 12 inches apart. When viewed from the side, your body should form a generlly straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. You will start the push-up by bending your elbows and lowering your entire body as a single unit until your upper arms are at least parallel to the ground. Return to the starting position by raising your entire body until your arms are fully extended. Your body must remain rigid in a generally straight line and move as a unit while performing each repetition. You will have two minutes in which to do as many push-ups as you can.
 
One-Mile Run
You will run at your own pace. To run the one mile you must complete a number of laps which will be indicated to you by the PET examiner. Although walking is authorized, it is strongly discouraged. If you are physically helped in any way or leave the designated running route for any reason, you will be disqualified.
 
Sit-Ups
The sit-up event measures the endurance of the abdominal and hip-flexor muscles. You will start from the starting position by lying on your back with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. Your feet may be together or up to 12 inches apart. Another person will hold your ankles with the hands only. No other method of bracing or holding the feet is permitted. The heel is the only part of your foot that must stay in contact with the ground. Your fingers must be interlocked behind your head and the backs of your hands must touch the ground. Your arms and elbows need not touch the ground. You will raise your upper body forward to, or beyond, the vertical position. After you have reached or surpassed the vertical position, lower your body until the bottom of your shoulder blades touch the ground. Your head, hands, arms or elbows do not have to reach the ground. You will have two minutes in which to do as many sit-ups as you can.