SAF suspends IPPT for NSmen, non-essential in-camp training till Jun 13

A one-time waiver will be granted for NSmen whose IPPT window closure falls within the suspension period.

Sarah Chan

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Published: 18 May 2021, 4:06 PM

All in-camp training and Individual Physical Proficiency Tests (IPPT) from May 18 to Jun 13 will be suspended, in light of the evolving COVID-19 outbreak.

With immediate effect, the Singapore Armed Forces will defer all in-camp training except for essential operations, said the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) on Tuesday.

The conduct of IPPT and NS Fitness Improvement Training will also be suspended following the temporary closure of Fitness Conditioning Centres, SAFRA gyms and other public locations.

MINDEF also stated that a one-time waiver of the annual IPPT requirement will be granted to NSmen whose IPPT window closure falls within the suspension period.

Activities that are “critical for build-up of operational units” will also continue with stringent safe management measures. This includes safe distancing, cohorting rules, enhanced hygiene practices and regular disinfection of common areas.

Servicemen are also split into small groups for all activities and swab tests are required for NSmen before the commencement of unit-level in-camp training.

In a statement, MINDEF stated that the measures are implemented to “safeguard the health and well-being of servicemen” and “maintain our operational readiness to defend Singapore’s peace and security” during the current COVID-19 situation.

The measures were introduced amidst a recent surge in community infections as Singapore enters Phase 2 (Heightened Alert).

MINDEF added that its vaccination programme for SAF personnel is also “making steady progress”, with the majority of active forces expected to be vaccinated by mid-2021.

As part of precautionary measures, SAF introduced swab tests for servicemen enlisted in May and their trainers to ensure the safe conduct of Basic Military Training.

“The SAF will continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and review the measures in place to keep our servicemen safe,” said MINDEF.

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