The Individual Physical Proficiency Test and you. Like oil to your water. Chilli sauce to your bubble tea. VR Man to your Avengers. Sorry, bad example. But you get our point.
IPPT, the annual standard fitness test for NSmen, is an anxiety-inducing matter – something you may dread more than going to the dentist. But it’s a necessary part of a male Singaporean’s life.
To make it easier for you, the Singapore Armed Forces has introduced a new programme called NS FIT. How much easier, you say? Read on to find out.
What in the world is NS FIT?
It simply means NS Fitness Improvement Training. It’s a collaboration between the SAF, Health Promotion Board and Sports SG as part of a whole-of-government effort to encourage a healthy lifestyle among Singaporeans. With this new programme, NSmen will have more choices when it comes to training locations and fitness activities. You will be able to train at 45 different places across the island.
Under it, NSmen just need to either pass their IPPT or complete 10 NS FIT sessions (which includes one IPPT attempt). Currently, NSmen who fail their IPPT or fail to complete the 10 sessions have to complete up to 20 sessions of remedial training.
When are the new programmes available?
To be launched on 1 Apr (no, the SAF does not fool around), NS FIT will replace the current IPPT Preparatory Training, or IPT, and RT. NSmen can register for NS FIT sessions through the NS portal from 25 Mar onwards.