New IPPT to comprise only three stations
The individual Physical Proficiency Test or IPPT, has been modified to comprise only three stations - sit-ups, a 2.4km run and a new station, push-ups.
The standing broad jump, shuttle-run and pull up stations have been taken out.
It will also have a new scoring system and more age categories.
Instead of a pass mark for each station, points will be awarded and the combined points from the 3 stations will be used.
This way, soldiers can make up through more sit-ups, if they are weak in push-ups and running, or vice versa.
Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced the changes on his Facebook page.
He says this new format will make it simpler for NSmen to train for IPPT, and for more to pass.
Dr Ng says many other militaries use three-station tests to keep their forces fit.
He says wven though the new IPPT is simpler to train for, it will still take effort and regular exercise to pass.
The pass mark For NSFs, Regulars and Awards, will be about the same as before.
Chief of Army Perry Lim will provide more details tomorrow.
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