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Jermyn Chow
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014

Singapore

PPT complaints heard, now it's up to NSmen

The Straits Times | Jermyn Chow | Saturday, Sep 13, 2014

Graphic showing the exercise locations and timeslots for Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) Preparatory Training. The types of exercises are also shown.

SINGAPORE- The complaints of operationally ready national servicemen (NSmen) have been heard.

Over the past four months, the SAF has taken strides towards addressing pet peeves about its physical training programme.

Training will become a lot more flexible so NSmen do not have to wreck their schedules to keep fit as they juggle their jobs, and family and NS commitments.

NSmen will also be empowered to take ownership of their health and fitness and have more leeway to decide how they want to keep fit.

The new philosophy is not to knock the stuffing out of NSmen but to create a feel-good factor by making things a little easier and more convenient.

The first of the radical changes was unveiled in May. It gives NSmen twice the timeframe to pass their Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) or clear remedial training.

In July, they were told that, from next April, they will take a simpler IPPT with just three stations, instead of the current five-component test.

Now, they have been given more say in where to train for the fitness test, with the IPPT Preparatory Training programme brought to more venues that are closer to where they work and live.

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