Q&A with Chief of Army

How would this new system encourage NSmen to take greater ownership of their fitness?

The new IPPT format is simpler. It comprises only three stations instead of the existing five. So it is something which the NSmen can train for in his own time without the need for specialised equipment. The NSmen can even integrate the three-station IPPT format into his exercise routine on a regular basis.

What is the rationale behind dropping the standing broad jump, shuttle run and chin-up stations?

In the past few years, we've implemented comprehensive combat fitness training as well as test regimes, which is why we feel that we can simplify our IPPT format. In designing the IPPT format, we wanted to focus on three groups - upper body muscular strength and endurance, core body strength and endurance, and the 2.4km run.

According to the scoring table, it seems easier for those who are less fit to gain points by working just a bit harder. Is there a reason there is no linear distribution of points to the performance?

Apart from going for a simpler format, we are also trying to design the IPPT system such that it would also motivate those who are fit to excel.

But we also designed it such that for those who really want to score 25 points for push-ups or sit-ups, or 50 for the 2.4km run, it becomes really challenging.

That is our way of motivating people to do well. In other words, it is not designed for everybody to get 100 points easily.

Does the new format make it easier for NSmen to pass their IPPT?

That is not the intent.

The intent is to simplify the IPPT format so that our NSmen will be motivated to train for it. And when they are motivated to train, more of our NSmen will train and naturally more of them will pass.