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Easier IPPT will not mean lower fitness standards: Army chief

Revised test 'will ensure servicemen are fully fit to perform their duties'

Published on Jul 25, 2014 7:58 AM
Major-General Perry Lim notes that the new test format is also aimed at motivating fitter servicemen to excel and less fit ones to train. At least 3,000 servicemen and women will be put through their paces in a three-month trial of the new IPPT starting in September. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

The revised Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) might be easier for servicemen to train for and pass, but it will still ensure that they meet fitness standards required of them to perform their operational roles, said army chief Perry Lim.

The major-general gave this assurance on Wednesday after he announced details of a simplified IPPT with three components instead of the current five.

From April next year, members of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) need clear only the 2.4km run, sit-up station and a new push-up station.

The Singapore Police Force and Singapore Civil Defence Force will also use the new test for Home Team servicemen next year.

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