Q1. How will the IPT with 10 sessions to be completed in 9 mths help NSmen?
- The IPT gives NSmen more flexibility to train their fitness level progressively and allows NSmen to regulate their training regime with more ease while balancing NS and personal commitments. It enables them to take greater personal ownership over their own fitness level. NSmen are encouraged to train on their own at the optimal training intensity of 2-3 times a week to achieve the best results.
Q2. How effective is the existing IPT programme?
- We have received positive feedback from NSmen that they emerged from the IPT programme fitter, and IPT participation has increased since its inception in 2006.
Q3. How will the NSmen be classified into different fitness level/banding when he enters into IPT?
- NSmen who attend the first session of IPT will undergo an IPPT Categorisation test. This will aid in determining their fitness level and banding for the IPT programme. IPPT results from the previous window will also be taken into consideration. The higher standard of the two results will form the basis for the starting banding/ level for the NSmen in IPT.
Q4. How are the Personal Performance Targets (PPTs) derived?
- The PPTs are customised to the individual based on their current fitness level and the targets are also developed based on exercise science principles to help the NSmen improve their fitness progressively.
- The programme emphasises on continuous and progressive training to sustain the fitness of our NSmen.
Q5. Why are the Personal Performance Targets (PPTs) introduced?
- SAF constantly reviews its training system and the IPT are enhancements that provide NSmen more progressive and customized training to improve one's fitness based on scientific principles.
- The introduction of PPTs provides intermediate benchmarks for NSmen to aim for and to strive for incremental improvements.
- This will also help NSmen sustain their fitness training over a regular period of time.
Q6. Are we pushing our NS men too hard by establishing PPTs?
- Today, NSmen often centre on the “Pass/Fail” mentality of IPPT resulting in fitness spikes that may not be too sustainable over the long term.
- We wish to create a culture of progressive improvements and sustained fitness.
- The introduction of the PPTs will allow our NSmen to train more progressively, taking smaller improvement over longer periods.
- NSmen in the IPT program will also be educated on fitness training to meet their targets as well as maintain healthy lifestyle habits.
Q7. Can NSmen take IPT/RT sessions on consecutive days?
- NSmen can only do training on alternate days, to maximise training frequency and also to enable NSmen to have sufficient rest between training, thereby preventing injuries.
Q8. What happens to NSmen who enrol into IPT but did not complete the programme ?
- As IPT is on a voluntary basis, NSmen are not obligated to complete the IPT programme. However, if they are unable to pass their IPPT at the end of their 9 month window, they will be regarded as IPPT failure and will have to attend 20 RT sessions during the last 3 months of their IPPT window.
Q9. Is there a minimum attendance for IPT?
- For IPT, NSmen are required to attend all 10 sessions. The entire programme is structured based on a set of training methodology to assist NS men to have a safe and progressive fitness training.
- However, NSmen can exit from IPT early if they managed to pass their IPPT while on IPT or able to meet their Personal Performance Targets (PPTs) before the 10th IPT session.
Q10. Will the exemption criteria for IPPT be changed in terms of exit permit and medical grounds?
- No, the exemption will stay largely similar to the existing criteria today. NSmen will be exempted if he is on disruption (exit permit is one year or more) within the IPPT birthday window for that year. Exempted if MC is 4 mths continuous or 7 mths accumulative within the first 9 months of his IPPT birthday window for that year.
Q11. Can NSmen who achieve IPPT Pass/ Silver/ Gold enrol into IPT?
- Yes, they can enrol into the IPT programme if they wish to gain more knowledge in sustaining their fitness.
Q12. When will NSmen be deemed as failures and defaulters under the Enhanced NS IPPT system?
- NSmen will be considered as IPPT failure or defaulter at the end of the 9th month if they failed or did not attempt IPPT respectively.
- They will be informed of their results via SMS.
Q13. What is the PPT standard for the next year should an NSmen not meet his current year?
- To help the NSmen to progressively improve their fitness, the PPTs for the next year will be pegged at the next level standard. The additional 8 sessions of fitness training conducted over the last 3-months is designed to further assist these NSmen to meet their current PPT standard, so that they can progress to the next PPT standard and better sustain their improvements.
Q14. If NSmen do more than one IPT programme within the same window, what will be his PPT standard for the IPT programme in that window?
- All the IPT programmes within that same window will follow the same level of PPTs for that year (Level 1 standard throughout year 1) NSmen can choose to go for the next higher level if he is ready and has met the level 1 PPTs.
- However, he should note that by meeting level 1 PPTs, he would have deemed to have completed his IPPT obligations for the window.
Q15. Will there be SMS reminders for each IPT/RT session an NSman books?
- Yes, NSmen can choose (in NS Portal booking system) to receive SMS reminders for each IPT/RT session booked.