Servicemen on the new system
The New Paper spoke to two infantry servicemen - Lieutenant (NS) Christopher Ng, 29, and Corporal Napolean Parthiban, 23, a full-time national serviceman - who were part of the new IPPT trial.
Cpl Napolean managed to better his previous year's result, bagging the gold award in the pilot trial, while Lt (NS) Ng, who works as a teacher, maintained a silver award, missing out on the gold award by one point.
These are their reactions to the new military fitness test system:
REDUCTION OF FIVE STATIONS TO THREE
Cpl Napolean: Psychologically, it really helps a lot. Now with fewer stations, the burden is less. But the energy used is still about the same. I still felt as tired because I had to do many push-ups and more sit-ups.
NEW POINTS-BASED SCORING SYSTEM
Lt (NS) Ng: Previously, even though I had enough points, I still had to cut 1½ minutes from my 2.4km run timing because I had to run below a certain time to qualify for the gold award.
Now it is a points system and I can use my push-ups and sit-ups to (make up the points) and get the award.
Cpl Napolean: You also push yourself because every second that you run faster could earn you an extra point.
INTRODUCTION OF PUSH-UPS
Lt (NS) Ng: For the new format, I can practise my push-ups at home. Previously, I had to go out and find a pull-up bar somewhere. There are no equipment restrictions that prevent me from training at home. This allows me to manage my time better.