Australian Navy's Fitness Standards...

Kindred

Midshipman
UK population: 65,000,000
Royal Navy Regulars: 33,000 (.05% of population)

Australia population: 24,000,000
Royal Australian Navy Regulars: 14,000 (.05% of population)

"The [Australian] Navy's Physical Fitness Test for under 35's requires men to reach a standard of 25 push-ups, 25 sit-ups and a maximum of 13 minutes for a 2.4km run. For women it is 10 push-ups, 25 sit-ups and a maximum of 15 minutes for a 2.4km run".

Why does the RN require such higher levels of fitness when both Navies are equally undermanned? Is it because the RN needs a bigger budget to hire more personnel (or are Australians not as butch as their soap operas want us to believe)?
 
UK population: 65,000,000 Royal Navy Regulars: ...Blah Blah...

Why does the RN require such higher levels of fitness when both Navies are equally undermanned?

Is it because the RN needs a bigger budget to hire more personnel (or are Australians not as butch as their soap operas want us to believe)?

Try satisfying your idle curiosity by rephrasing your Q and addressing it to the Aussies.

They'll be delighted to respond, if only with a terse "Foxtrot Oscar". :rolleyes:
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
Don't be to hard on him Bob, this is the man who started trying to join the RN, then decided that the Army was more his thing, then, when the Army is taking too long (in his opinion) to process his application, He wants to go back to the RN and jump the queue by using his original application.
 

wave_dodger

MIA
Book Reviewer
UK population: 65,000,000
Royal Navy Regulars: 33,000 (.05% of population)

Australia population: 24,000,000
Royal Australian Navy Regulars: 14,000 (.05% of population)

"The [Australian] Navy's Physical Fitness Test for under 35's requires men to reach a standard of 25 push-ups, 25 sit-ups and a maximum of 13 minutes for a 2.4km run. For women it is 10 push-ups, 25 sit-ups and a maximum of 15 minutes for a 2.4km run".

Why does the RN require such higher levels of fitness when both Navies are equally undermanned? Is it because the RN needs a bigger budget to hire more personnel (or are Australians not as butch as their soap operas want us to believe)?
Ok I'll bite.

How do you manage to equate levels of fitness to a budget? And equally how do you link fitness to undermanning?

In my humble opinion, both assertions are fundamentally flawed.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
The RAN is nearer 0.06% of the population, so that probably explains it.

Besides, RN personnel don't need to do push-ups or sit-ups to a mandated minimum level prior to joining. This will undoubtedly correlate directly to the 0.01% difference.

Anyway, whilst we're at it: Why are warships painted gloss grey?
 

Kindred

Midshipman
The RAN is nearer 0.06% of the population, so that probably explains it.

Besides, RN personnel don't need to do push-ups or sit-ups to a mandated minimum level prior to joining. This will undoubtedly correlate directly to the 0.01% difference.

Anyway, whilst we're at it: Why are warships painted gloss grey?
Does that mean when you start basic training you have joined the Navy?

Never noticed it was gloss gray, but would be cool if they could make it difficult to view them by the sun reflecting in the enemy’s eyes.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Does that mean when you start basic training you have joined the Navy?
Sort of. They pay your wage from the day you begin initial Naval training but recruits are technically employed provisionally until they successfully complete training by passing each of the individual criteria elements. Fail to meet the standard & you're discharged as a trainee rather than trained rate.
 
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