IPPT bar set too low with pull-ups scrapped?
The Minister of Defence said Individual Physical Proficiency Tests (IPPT) will be cut to three stations from the current five.
This follows a review by the Singapore Army, said Dr Ng Eng Hen.
The three stations will be the 2.4km run, sit-ups and push-ups, Dr Ng posted on his Facebook today.
The shuttle run, standing broad jump and pull-ups will be scrapped. He did not say when it will take effect.
The pull-up station has arguably been one of the more difficult stations to pass. So men should be happy right? Not exactly.
Many comments on Dr Ng's Facebook post suggest that Mindef has set the bar (pun intended) too low.
Pull-ups seem to be the main issue of contention. Netizens are worried that men will not be combat ready as pull-ups test the upper body strength.
But the standing broad jump and the shuttle run stations will not be missed.
After all, what is the standing broad jump supposed to prove?