12 Jan '12, 3am

ST Forum: NS trooper's death - Review fitness test for soldiers, says one of our readers

I AM saddened by the second death in seven months linked to the Individual Physical Proficiency Test or IPPT ('NSman, 28, dies after 2.4km run during fitness test'; yesterday). In the light of the death of 28-year- old Corporal (NS) Li Hongyang on Tuesday after completing the 2.4km run, I hope the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) would review the IPPT criteria. I had written to Mindef previously suggesting a change in criteria. The test does not take into account our physiology as the 2.4km run favours those who have more muscle fibres suited for endurance activities rather than those ideal for short-burst activities such as sprinting. Failing to meet the qualifying time - 12 min 40 sec for those aged 25 to 29 - does not mean one is unfit; and performance, or the lack thereof, in any single station may not reflect how a soldier performs in combat. Finally, having too high stan...

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