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    What would you reccomend doing to get fit enough to complete the officer training, do you need fitness in all areas e.g. running, swimming, push ups etc. I want to join as the supply officer
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    Pardon the cross posting....

    "Why is it that everyone interested in joining the RAF here is only worried about the fitness test?

    If you're ridiculously unfit, but in every other sense would make a fantastic officer and pilot, then they'll take you in; if it takes them a year of recoursing you at officer training, they'll get you fit!

    However, if during the selection procedure you don't demonstrate the required maturity, intelligence, honesty, integrity, initiative, foresight and common sense, while showing you are a team player and potential leader, with a high degree of aptitude and willingness to learn along with the many other things they look for in officers, then you're screwed, regardless of how far and fast you can run!

    Be as fit as you can be. They can influence your fitness through training, but if you don't pass the interview and leadership tasks, they won't try."

    If you have any questions about the PT side of things at IOT, email me at [email protected].
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    Its not that I’m totally hung up on the fitness but I don’t want to have to be in pain all the way round or have a surprise waiting for me like 50 laps of a pool or something. I just want to know exactly what I'll be expected to do, not just what the leaflet says. I want to know what the leaflet doesn't tell you.
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    Ever thought the leaflet might be right?

    It talks about how your attitude to fitness is the most important. There are virtually no parts of the course where you have to complete a task against the clock, it's almost all circuit based. The amount you push yourself is important; if you're fit and do 50 moves while someone unfit manages 40 and nearly dies, who do you think the PTIs will praise?

    Stuff against the clock is team based, like stretcher races.
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    This is totally the impression I have got from the RAF. They want to see IMPROVEMENT in YOUR fitness.

    If at the start of IOT it takes you 10 minutes to run 1.5 miles, next time do it in 9 mins 30 secs. They see this a much more of an achievement than the person who does it in 9 mins 30 secs on the first go, and does it in exactly the same time the second time around.

    Likewise, if you only get to the start of level 10 on the beep test, but practically vomit doing it, it's going to look much better than the guy who drops out at level 10/9 who isn't even breaking a sweat.

    It's about what YOU'RE putting in, and getting out of it.
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    Blimey, someone speaks the same language as me....!
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    (Original post by js_atco)
    Likewise, if you only get to the start of level 10 on the beep test, but practically vomit doing it, it's going to look much better than the guy who drops out at level 10/9 who isn't even breaking a sweat.
    "ONLY" level 10, are you kidding! I'll be pleased to get to 8, but that is classed as excellent for the girls so I guess that's ok !
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    Haha, I thought I'd raise the stakes! Remeber, keep running until you have that look of sheer agony on your face. Don't stop just because you think you've cleared the minimum level.
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    Haha, I thought I'd raise the stakes! Remeber, keep running until you have that look of sheer agony on your face. Don't stop just because you think you've cleared the minimum level.
    Oh I will believe me, running tends to give me that look anyway !
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    "Excellent" etc seems to stop meaning something at IOT; as a girlie, you want to push to 10 or 11; that'll certainly impress!

    Just run until it hurts, then concentrate on pushing out another 3-4 shuttles as solid sprints. When you can't breathe, stop and fall to your knees. Easy!
 
 
 

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