GadgetGuy’s film aficionado Adrian Masiello runs, jumps, and finds out what it’s like to be a member of the Navy in our look at what actors do to prepare for naval roles. 

Have you ever watched a war film and wondered if the time came for me to serve, would I have what it takes physically to get the job done?

It’s easy to criticise our on screen heroes when portraying soldiers, but for the most part, it’s their preparation that sells the role. Maybe they simply didn’t have the proper time for it.

In response to one of the latest sci-fi adventure movie releases – Battleship – Universal invited a team of writers to partake in the same gruelling training regime as the stars, to experience what it’s really like to be in the navy.

With little to no information of where our destination was and supplied with ominously sturdy training attire, we hopped on to a helicopter and were whisked off to the unknown.

The flight was deceptively quiet compared to what was to come. As soon as we landed we were met with a tough-as-nails drill sergeant that we could only refer to as ‘Boss’. He would be our tour guide on this trip, and the destination would be pain.

After a light warmup which happened to be more gruelling than most days at the gym, we set about trying to pass the Physical Readiness Test (PRT) that all applicants to the service must take.

The barebones are pushups, sit-ups and jogging, which alone are achievable, but when put into a circuit with virtually no breaks for hours on end, become a real challenge. Our required count was 42 pushups, 50 sit ups and 8 chin ups within a two minute period each and much to the surprise of our drill sergeant, we all passed the entry test.