RNFT Policy.


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...............................................And before anyone asks, I passed.
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Apologies if I've missed this in one of the many colourful publications or multiple threads. Is it RN policy for anyone joining a new unit or course to undertake the RNFT within X amount of days?

Can any of the gel, mirror, pen & clipboard gang shed any light on the future of the RNFT. Is it true an upper body strength/stamina test is to be included.

And before anyone asks, I passed.
There are laid down criteria for it. But generally speaking you are correct. Not sure of the time line though but it is fairly soon after joining.

Trainees used to do a PTB. Pressups, situps followed by a timed sprint in the gym. No longer happens anymore. Haven't heard of it being re-introduced as they have just got rid of it.
The above posts are correct. There is no 'policy' but the general guidance to units is that making people do an RNFT on joining means that there is less hassle down the line in making sure people remain in date. This practice is made possible by the fact that people are now expected to be able to pass a fitness test at any time, rather than it just being a once a year event. It also has the significant advantage that anyone who doesn't pass can be put straight onto a remedial programme with a reasonable expectation of them having long enough left in the unit to either get fit or, if they don't, see the proper warning process through to its conclusion of discharge.


It's by Station / unit orders as far as I'm aware, at Culdrose you have to do it within 2 weeks of joining. At Yeovil they don't care as long as you're in date.


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A DO can require ANY member of his/her Division to conduct their RNFT at any time during their assignment, whether they are in date or not.
A DO can require ANY member of his/her Division to conduct their RNFT at any time during their assignment, whether they are in date or not.
In my experience, getting the DOs regularly to monitor their Divisions' RNFT status and, when required, conduct / review the Warnings on time, filling in the forms properly, is as big a challenge as getting people to do the fitness tests in the first place.


Lantern Swinger
Well, I don't remember anyone having a fitness test during my time in; the assumption was that once you'd attained the level required to pass out of basic training, you'd stay that way through working hard, playing hard and eating good scran - and it seemed to work well enough.
Still, I guess the work levels have changed over the years so that there's less manual work to do - maybe that's why the powers that be deem it necessary to keep tabs on the physical side of things.
Sorry if I'm "crayoning" here, but I thought it worth mentioning.
Just for people's info, Raleigh make you do one for your first PT Lesson if your there for a course of 4 weeks or more and Faslane Gym won't stamp your joining chit until you do one, which they expect you to do within 10 days. That's even if you are only doing an in house move as well!
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