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NSmen could have more time to get fit

Possible change among ideas being explored to boost national service

Published on Mar 15, 2014 8:06 AM
Members of the Committee to Strengthen National Service, which includes Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing (in light blue shirt), having lunch with NSFs and NSmen from the various Singapore Civil Defence Force frontline and support units. -- PHOTO: MINDEF

Citizen soldiers could be given more time to improve their fitness so they can pass their annual Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT).

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said the high-level Committee to Strengthen National Service is looking at ways to extend the voluntary IPPT Preparatory Training (IPT) scheme for less-fit operationally ready national servicemen (NSmen).

Under the current IPT scheme introduced in 2010, NSmen preparing for the annual test have to attend 10 training sessions spread out over nine months or less.

Although Dr Ng did not give details on the possible changes, he said the move will give NSmen "more time to become more fit".

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