IPPT REVIEW: A LOOK AT OTHER COUNTRIES' PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTS

Changes are coming soon to make the Singapore Armed Forces' Individual Physical Proficiency Test simpler to administer and train for, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in a recent interview.

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The Straits Times checks out fitness tests carried out in other militaries around the world to see how they measure up against Singapore's.

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Defence Force administers a pre-enlistment fitness test that consists of 15 push-ups, 45 sit-ups and a "beep test", essentially a multi-stage shuttle run. Enlistees must run a total of 1.12km in 61/2 minutes. Standards differ for soldiers from the army, air force and navy.

BRITAIN: The British Armed Forces' fitness test for male soldiers entails doing 44 push-ups in two minutes, 50 sit-ups in two minutes, and a 2.4km run in at least 14 minutes and 30 seconds.

UNITED STATES: The United States' Army Physical Fitness Test is used to assess a soldier's endurance. It consists of push-ups, sit-ups and a 3.2km run. Standards differ for soldiers of different ages and genders.

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