No changes to number of IPPT gold in revamp, but results overall better

No changes to number of IPPT gold in revamp, but results overall better

SINGAPORE - National Servicemen (NS men) are more inclined to pass the revised three-station SAF fitness test, Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen said on Thursday in a Facebook post.

Those who tried the new fitness test format of three stations fared better than the old format which included pull-ups and standing broad jump, but the increase in Gold awardees was minimal.

Dr Ng also noted that NS men "did more sit-ups and average times for the 2.4km run were faster".

"The results show that the new IPPT format motivates NSmen to 'max out' for each station to get the most points," he added.

The new IPPT format comprises of push-up and sit-up stations, and a 2.4km run. A new scoring system was also part of the revamp, awarding more points if they perform better in a particular station, and shorter age categories for a better performance-to-age match.

The pilot implementation of the revised IPPT started on Sep 1, 2014, and is expected to be fully implemented across the SAF this year.

grongloh@sph.com.sg

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