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FITNESS EXPERTS CONCERNED OVER NEW IPPT

Netizens on his Facebook page had mixed reactions to the changes, with some questioning if the new test would be too easy.The removal of three other stations also raised concerns among some fitness experts. Director of Genesis gym Jonathan Wong, who conducts IPPT training, told The Straits Times that while the new test was "significantly easier", it might undermine combat fitness standards.

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DR NG ENG HEN: NEW IPPT SYSTEM – SIMPLER AND BETTER

The Army has completed their review for the new IPPT. Instead of the current five, there will be 3 stations – 2.4km run, sit-ups and push-ups. This new format will make it simpler for NSmen to train for IPPT, and for more to pass. Many other militaries use 3-station tests to keep their forces fit.

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Singapore Armed Forces versus cynics and critics in the halcyon days of peace

Scores of SAF regulars, NSmen and NSFs who stood on guard during Indonesia's amphibious landing exercises on Pasir Panjang on Bintan island in the 1980s knew the true meaning of siege mentality that Singaporeans love to sneer at. Live ordnance hung from RSAF warplanes with pilots at immediate readiness for takeoff as the SAF tracked Indonesian amphibs to see if they made landfall in their own territory or steamed further on within striking distance of Singapore's coastline.

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SINGAPORE ARMED FORCES MUST RESTORE THE BUDDY SYSTEM!

I wouldn't quite agree on this one. While saf might scrap ''buddy system'' 1 day, I still think buddy system should be strongly encouraged throughout national service, provided both buddies have a certain distance of respect for each other's privacy while still looking out for each other. That's a clear line. One day if you go field camp, training, route marches, or any other operations or exercises, don't tell me you want to act individually? You still need your buddy to look out for you and vice versa. You're not a ''1 man clearing force''. If this is buddy system is not enforce, one day some soldiers might become individualist.

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WHAT’S WRONG WITH NATIONAL SERVICE IN SINGAPORE?

The point I’m trying to make is that the National Service system severely disrupts the lives of civilians who fail an annual physical fitness test, by increasing their obligation to National Service by almost 4 times! That’s harsh and I would argue unjust. It does not take into account the record of service or the original expectation of our supposed duty to the country. I’ve probably spent more time trying to pass this damn test than actually being a military reserve for the SAF. So I ask, is that fair? Is this how you acknowledge your supposed “Sons of Singapore”? Those of us who fail the annual physical fitness test might be a minority, but we’ve also fulfilled the SAME obligations as every body else, and anything more is a punishment. Scrap the remedial training program altogether. As a deterrent it is unacceptable to my rights as a citizen.

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NSMEN IN UNIFORM SHOULD STAND IN CROWDED TRAINS

There were three occasions when I witnessed our Servicemen in their “pixelated un-camouflage” uniform behaving in a disgusting manner on our train. I need to add that there are more well-behaving Servicemen who would ride their journey standing. The various Armed Forces Chiefs need to re-instill pride, good bearing and decorum to their men. Or do they want me to give that pep talk on their behalf?

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Q&A WITH DEFENCE MINISTER NG ENG HEN

I'm race-neutral... If you believe in the defence of Singapore, we want you, whatever the colour of your skin. While others have encouraged (the senior) Malay commanders to step forward (and be identified as Malay), some of them have been reluctant to do so. They say: "Why should I do it? Because, you know, I'm put in this position, not because I'm a Malay, so why should I come out as a Malay?" I will respect that but neither am I discouraging them from coming out to say so.

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IGNORANT SAF OFFICER: I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF COLD WAR

However, a lack of military awareness could possibly result in the SAF relearning painful lessons, paid in blood by more established armed forces, when such pitfalls could have been avoided in the first place as the possible solutions to many strategic, operational and tactical conundrums are enshrined in the lessons of war through the ages. As a small nation with no hinterland, our first mistake on the battlefield could be our last. This is why the domain knowledge of SAF leaders should have breadth and depth, and must have a pedagogy that keeps up with the times .

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MALAYS CAN USE NAVY MACHINE GUNS

Similarly, Lance Corporal (LCP) Iqmal Faiz felt that [email protected] was a meaningful event as it "broadened the mindset of the general public" to what the Navy does in general.The weapon specialist from LST RSS Resolution was in charge of briefing the public on the CIS 50 machine gun. As it was his first time briefing the public, he got off to a rather nerve-wracking start. However, the 22-year-old eventually got the hang of it.

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JOBS IN SECURITY

When First Warrant Officer A retired from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) after decades serving the military, he decided to stay with the organisation he had grown to love by signing a fresh contract as a civilian Unit Safety Officer. For all his years of experience and dedication serving the SAF, he saw his pay slashed by some 30 per cent after his pay was realigned with his new job scope. Warrant Officer A should count himself lucky. From what we are told, this Warrant Officer's experience isn't unique. Some SAF officers who moved from a combat vocation to a civilian desk job in the SAF saw their pay plummet by 50 per cent.

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