SINGAPORE - More than 90 per cent of national servicemen polled believe the new Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) is more convenient to train for, said Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen in a written Parliamentary reply.
MP Christopher de Souza had asked Dr Ng on Tuesday about the general feedback on the recently implemented changes to the IPPT.
The changes, which were implemented on Apr 1, is part of moves to make the IPPT less of a chore for NSmen, many of whom used to fail it and had to be sent for remedial training.
The revised IPPT is made up of three stations: sit-ups, push-ups and a 2.4km run.
According to Dr Ng, over 95 per cent of NSmen who attempted the IPPT have opted for the three-station test format.
National servicemen who took the IPPT showed an average improvement of five sit-ups for the sit-upstation, and an average improvement of 21 seconds for the 2.4km run, said the minister.
For the recently introduced push-ups, 73 per cent of national servicemen achieved average and above performance.
"These findings indicate that the change in format has motivated our national servicemen to take greater ownership of their physical fitness and improved their performance," said Dr Ng.