Military fitness tests: A look at what other countries do

SINGAPORE - Changes are coming soon to make the Singapore Armed Forces' Individual Physical Proficiency Test simpler to administer and train for, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in a recent interview.

The Straits Times checks out fitness tests carried out in other militaries around the world to see how they measure up against Singapore's.

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Defence Force administers a pre-enlistment fitness test that consists of 15 push-ups, 45 sit-ups and a "beep test", essentially a multi-stage shuttle run. Enlistees must run a total of 1.12km in 61/2 minutes. Standards differ for soldiers from the army, air force and navy.

BRITAIN: The British Armed Forces' fitness test for male soldiers entails doing 44 push-ups in two minutes, 50 sit-ups in two minutes, and a 2.4km run in at least 14 minutes and 30 seconds.

UNITED STATES: The United States' Army Physical Fitness Test is used to assess a soldier's endurance. It consists of push-ups, sit-ups and a 3.2km run. Standards differ for soldiers of different ages and genders.

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