NSmen may soon train in gyms at 'own time' for IPPT

NSmen may soon train in gyms at 'own time' for IPPT
Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing says the Defence Ministry is exploring ways to give NSmen more flexibility in planning their physical training. -ST

Operationally ready national servicemen (NSmen) may soon be able to do their physical training "own time, own target", to borrow an army catchphrase.

Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing said yesterday that his ministry is exploring ways to give NSmen more leeway in planning their physical training.

Possible measures include extending opening hours of exercise facilities at army camps used for such training and using technology like mobile applications to track training progress.

Another idea is to tie up with commercial or Safra gyms for NSmen to train at their own convenience.

These suggestions were made by NSmen at a focus group discussion on army fitness yesterday. Mr Chan later told reporters that the Ministry of Defence was already exploring some of these options.

Such moves could eliminate the need for them to head to army camps for their fixed training sessions.

Currently, all physically fit NSmen must take and pass their Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) once a year. They may choose to attend voluntary IPPT Preparatory Training (IPT), or attend Remedial Training (RT) if they fail.

At yesterday's dialogue, at least five NSmen said they have had problems attending IPT and RT sessions due to work or family commitments. They called for more flexible approaches.

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