Every soldier, airman and sailor may have to undergo a new physical fitness test from next year. The Singapore Armed Forces is looking to change the Individual Physical Proficiency Test, or IPPT, for the first time since 1982.Read more (SAF soldiers' IPPT likely to change; push-ups added and run set at 3.2km)
Key changes are expected to include the scrapping of the standing broad jump station and adding push-ups as a testing criterion, The Straits Times has learnt.
Servicemen will also have to run 3.2km instead of the current 2.4km to test endurance over longer distances.
However, The Singapore Army Facebook page said that "there has not been any decision to change our IPPT system."
The Singapore Army wish to clarify the report on "SAF soldiers' IPPT likely to change" (ST 23 Oct 13).3.2km for IPPT? 13-yr-old schoolgirls already run 3.6km at cross country c’ships
There has not been any decision to change our IPPT system.
The SAF constantly review our training system, including physical training regimes and physical fitness tests, to ensure that they are relevant and effective, and continue to meet our operational requirements.
We have been examining the physical training regimes in other established militaries to learn about the latest training and testing methodology. The SAF will continue to improve the effectiveness of our physical training system to enhance the physical fitness of our soldiers.
The current IPPT continues to be valid and serves as a baseline measure of physical fitness.
We wish to reiterate that there have been no decision to change the current IPPT system.