The Assessment Centre
"Joining the Army is the best decision that I have made. Since I joined I have never looked back. I have made friends for life, travelled to different places and gained new skills and qualifications.
With the right preparation and attitude, you can pass Selection and start your career in the British Army. Good luck at the Selection Event."
The Assessment Tests
The Medical Assessment
Everyone who joins will need to have a focused medical examination as part of the joining process. This is nothing to worry about. Watch our short video for more information about what happens during this part of the assessment.
You will be seen by a Doctor to check that you are healthy enough to take part, and to join the Army. The tests will not hurt you and don't involve taking blood or the use of needles.
You will have a full assessment, which will include looking at your past medical history, your current health and a top-to-toe medical examination along with some other tests. This means that you will be asked to undress down to your underwear for the examination.
Although some of your medical records have been considered already, a ‘Pass’ outcome is not guaranteed until the doctor has fully considered both your medical records and a face-to-face consultation with you.
For some individuals, further information, referral or consideration by the senior army doctor in charge of recruiting is required after the pre-selection assessment to ensure that the correct decision is made about you.
The medical tests:
- Urine, hearing, eyesight, colour perception and your lung capacity will all be tested.
- Measure your waist, and confirm your Body Mass Index by checking your height and weight.
- An Electrocardiogram (ECG). This involves having small pads stuck to your arms, legs and chest so that we can measure the electrical activity of your heart.
A few people will also need an Echocardiogram or an exercise spirometry.
- An echo cardiogram is a scan looking at the structure of your heart. A trained technician will use a small handheld scanner moved over your chest to do this. It only takes 30-40 minutes and doesn’t hurt.
- Exercise spirometry looks at how well your lungs work before and after exercise. You will do some blowing tests then be put on an exercise bike for a short time. After that the blowing tests will be repeated. By comparing the before and after we can look at the effect that exercise has on your lungs.
You'll be asked to take part in three different tests. The standard you need to meet is different depending on which role you're hoping to join. The Assessors will be watching to see how much effort you put in. The tests have recently changed - they are not harder, and the training that you've done towards the old tests will also help you through the new ones.
- The Mid-Thigh Pull: Standing in front of a bar set to mid-thigh height, you'll be asked to pull the bar upwards for 5 seconds, then rest and repeat.
- Medicine Ball Throw: Sitting with your back against a wall, you'll throw a 4kg medicine ball as far as you can.
- As a result of social distancing measures, the 2km (1.2 mile) has been temporarily replaced with a multi stage fitness test (bleep test).
More information about the bleep test can be found on our FITNESS TEST PAGEYou are not allowed to wear body supports or sports bandages for these tests.
100% Army Fit App
If you need to improve your fitness level, or keep it at a good level before starting, check out our free fitness app.
The App will help you identify where you need the most work - with strength or cardio training, and build a training plan around you. You can also use it to practice 2km runs, recording your time and sharing them with your recruiter when they ask for it.
Designed by Army PTIs, the app will help you to build your fitness levels to that of a soldier, through exercises that you can easily do at home, without needing any extra equipment.
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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
After your career discussion, you'll be given feedback about your assessment and your next steps.
Once you're home, we'll be in touch with you after a few days to chat about how you got on and what happens next.