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      Valuable, useful, thoughtful and good old thread:
      www.sgforums.com/forums/1390/topics/137692

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      Prepare for PTP/BMT: www.cmpb.gov.sg

      Secrets to Pass IPPT: http://lifestyle.www.ns.sg/features/fitnessxchange

      Source: www.ns.sg , www.army.gov.sg , www.mindef.gov.sg

      BMT Enlistment Dates for 2016/ 2017
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      www.mindef.gov.sg/army/bmtgraduation/index.html

      Here on an island off the coast of Changi, the journey from a civilian to soldier begins, the symbolic rite of passage from Boys to Men. Recruits take a Ferry into Pulau Tekong and are enlisted directly to their respective companies, where they will spend the next few months training beside their fellow comrades and commanders .

      It is a tough, but rewarding journey, recruits not only learn military skills, but life skills in the process that will benefit them many years ahead.

      Basic Military Training (BMT) marks the beginning of military life for all Singaporean males at the age of 18. It is the transition from fresh-faced teenager to combat soldier.

      They learn basic soldiering skills, which include weapon handling, individual field craft, etc to enhance their survivability in the battlefield.

      Besides the training in basic military skills, Physical Training (PT) lessons are also conducted to build up the soldiers' physique and stamina, to instill a firm sense of discipline and teamwork amongst the soldiers.

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      This PTP/BMT thread for all pre-enlistees who are going to enlist soon.
      Please feel free to ask any questions on everything BMT-related.

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      SINGAPORE: Changes will be made to the Basic Military Training programme for National Service recruits from 2010.

      There will be a new 19-week BMT for obese recruits, and either a 9-week or 4-week customised BMT for other classes of recruits to better prepare them for their subsequent combat, combat support and combat service support roles.

      Releasing details on Friday from the its two-stage review, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) said recruits whose Body Mass Index (BMI) exceeds 27 will have to undergo the new 19-week BMT programme that is designed to help them improve their physical fitness incrementally while equipping them with basic soldiering skills and knowledge.

      This is with effect from February 2010.

      It said the programme was introduced after a review to strengthen the BMT system as it was seen that over time, obese recruits have shown that they can achieve optimal fitness levels and weight loss in about 19 weeks.

      Recruits who are medically fit for deployment in selected combat and combat support vocations, such as signal operators, combat medics and naval system operators, will be given a new medical classification of PES B2, in place of the existing PES C1 classification.

      The SAF said this is to ensure that the medical classification of the soldiers is consistent with their deployment and the recruits will undergo a new 9-week programme from June 2010, that will include customised physical training, as well as basic combat training to prepare them for their combat and combat support roles.

      As for those who are placed as PES C recruits, they too will undergo a new 9-week BMT programme from June 2010, with light physical and vocational training. This is to prepare them for combat service support vocations, such as service medic, and those related to logistics and administration such as supply assistants.

      There's also a new 4-week BMT programme that will be conducted for PES E recruits, focusing on National Education, SAF core values, regimentation and discipline, as well as vocational training to prepare recruits for combat service support vocations.

      Colonel Ng Wai Kit, assistant chief of general staff (training), SAF, said: "The latest changes to the BMT system begin with the introduction of the physical training phase to prepare our recruits who are less fit, and raise their fitness level to that which is comparable with their direct BMT peers."

      There will be no change to the standard BMT for PES A/B recruits.

      In the first phase of the review, the SAF looked at how recruits undergoing the 4-week Physical Training Phase (PTP) could be better prepared for BMT.

      This resulted in the introduction of an 8-week PTP, which will raise PTP recruits' physical fitness to a level that is comparable to their direct-BMT peers.

      The new PTP programme will begin in December 2009.

      Edited by eac 07 Mar `16, 4:15PM
  • maskedangel's Avatar
    10,431 posts since Jul '07
    • www.mindef.gov.sg/army/bmtgraduation/index.html

      Here on an island off the coast of Changi, the journey from a civilian to soldier begins, the symbolic rite of passage from Boys to Men. Recruits take a Ferry into Pulau Tekong and are enlisted directly to their respective companies, where they will spend the next few months training beside their fellow comrades and commanders .

      It is a tough, but rewarding journey, recruits not only learn military skills, but life skills in the process that will benefit them many years ahead.

      Basic Military Training (BMT) marks the beginning of military life for all Singaporean males at the age of 18. It is the transition from fresh-faced teenager to combat soldier.

      They learn basic soldiering skills, which include weapon handling, individual field craft, etc to enhance their survivability in the battlefield.

      Besides the training in basic military skills, Physical Training (PT) lessons are also conducted to build up the soldiers' physique and stamina, to instill a firm sense of discipline and teamwork amongst the soldiers.

       

      Edited by eac 07 Apr `13, 6:44PM
  • TTFU's Avatar
    6,124 posts since Mar '10
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      Source:
      www.mindef.gov.sg/imindef/mindef_websites/atozlistings/army/About_BMT.html

       



      Types of Basic Military Training


      PES A/B1 BMT
      This 9-week programme trains combat-fit recruits in the basic military skills to prepare them for advanced vocational training. The programme includes weapon training with the SAR 21 rifle which will teach recruits technical handling and marksmanship skills; a Battle Inoculation Course that simulates a real battlefield; a Field Camp which develops basic survival skills; progressive training to complete a 24-km route march which builds combat fitness and endurance; and hand grenade training.
      For those who fail to achieve the NAPFA test silver award, they are required to undergo an 8-week Physical Training Phase (PTP) prior to the PES A/B1 BMT.
       
      PES BP BMT
      As evidence has shown that obese recruits are able to achieve optimum fitness levels and weight loss in about 19 weeks, the new BMT programme for recruits with Body Mass Index (BMI) scores exceeding 27.0 will be 19 weeks. This BMT programme is designed to help obese recruits improve their physical fitness progressively while equipping them with basic soldiering skills and knowledge.


      PES B2 BMT
      Enlistees who were PES C1 previously underwent a 7-week BMT programme. The new 9-week PES B2 BMT programme will be conducted for recruits who are medically fit for deployment in selected combat and combat support vocations, such as signal operators, combat medics and naval system operators. These recruits will be given a new medical classification of PES B2, in place of the existing PES C1 classification. This is to ensure that the medical classification of our soldiers is consistent with their deployment. The new 9-week programme will include customised physical training, as well as basic combat training to prepare them for their combat and combat support roles.
       
      PES C BMT
      The 9-week BMT programme will be conducted for PES C recruits. This programme will include light physical training and vocational training to prepare them for combat service support vocations, such as service medic, and those related to logistics and administration.
       
      PES E BMT
      The 4-week BMT programme will be conducted for PES E recruits. This programme will focus on, vocational training as well as National Education, SAF core values, regimentation and discipline to prepare recruits for combat service support vocations.

      Edited by eac 01 Apr `14, 12:39PM
  • tuang.jarren's Avatar
    9 posts since Jun '11
    • www.mindef.gov.sg/army/bmtgraduation/index.html

      Here on an island off the coast of Changi, the journey from a civilian to soldier begins, the symbolic rite of passage from Boys to Men. Recruits take a Ferry into Pulau Tekong and are enlisted directly to their respective companies, where they will spend the next few months training beside their fellow comrades and commanders .

      It is a tough, but rewarding journey, recruits not only learn military skills, but life skills in the process that will benefit them many years ahead.

      Basic Military Training (BMT) marks the beginning of military life for all Singaporean males at the age of 18. It is the transition from fresh-faced teenager to combat soldier.

      They learn basic soldiering skills, which include weapon handling, individual field craft, etc to enhance their survivability in the battlefield.

      Besides the training in basic military skills, Physical Training (PT) lessons are also conducted to build up the soldiers' physique and stamina, to instill a firm sense of discipline and teamwork amongst the soldiers.

      Edited by eac 07 Apr `13, 6:44PM
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    147 posts since Nov '09
  • TTFU's Avatar
    6,124 posts since Mar '10
    • Q1. How can a serviceman be put OOT?
      A1. There are two reasons how a serviceman can be put OOT- medical reasons (training or non-training injury) or disciplinary grounds.


      Q2. What are the administration required prior to OOT-ing?
      A2. The Medical Officer (MO) and the Officer Commanding (OC) are required to complete the OOT form and endorsed by the Commanding Officer (CO) and forward to Recruit Management before it can be processed. CPC will then be informed and the posting will take effect within a fortnight.

      Edited by eac 29 Mar `16, 7:26PM
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    6 posts since Jun '11
  • sean29's Avatar
    147 posts since Nov '09
  • inf_wocc's Avatar
    6 posts since Jun '11
    • www.mindef.gov.sg/army/bmtgraduation/index.html

      Here on an island off the coast of Changi, the journey from a civilian to soldier begins, the symbolic rite of passage from Boys to Men. Recruits take a Ferry into Pulau Tekong and are enlisted directly to their respective companies, where they will spend the next few months training beside their fellow comrades and commanders .

      It is a tough, but rewarding journey, recruits not only learn military skills, but life skills in the process that will benefit them many years ahead.

      Basic Military Training (BMT) marks the beginning of military life for all Singaporean males at the age of 18. It is the transition from fresh-faced teenager to combat soldier.

      They learn basic soldiering skills, which include weapon handling, individual field craft, etc to enhance their survivability in the battlefield.

      Besides the training in basic military skills, Physical Training (PT) lessons are also conducted to build up the soldiers' physique and stamina, to instill a firm sense of discipline and teamwork amongst the soldiers.

      Edited by eac 07 Apr `13, 6:45PM
  • balling's Avatar
    2 posts since Jun '11
    • In any case, if u feel u're not physically fit and you somehow someway managed to get a Pass in NAPFA, I recommend u fail the NAPFA instead. Cos' you may find yourself struggling through the BMT phase. The additional Physical Training Phase for those who failed their NAPFA is useful to prep them for BMT. Just a little suggestion to those who wants to 'keng' through for a Pass in NAPFA when they are not really fit enough to get one.

  • sean29's Avatar
    147 posts since Nov '09
    • Originally posted by balling:

      In any case, if u feel u're not physically fit and you somehow someway managed to get a Pass in NAPFA, I recommend u fail the NAPFA instead. Cos' you may find yourself struggling through the BMT phase. The additional Physical Training Phase for those who failed their NAPFA is useful to prep them for BMT. Just a little suggestion to those who wants to 'keng' through for a Pass in NAPFA when they are not really fit enough to get one.


      Who in the right mind would wanna fail napfa when they can have a 2 month reduction in ns?

  • inf_wocc's Avatar
    6 posts since Jun '11
    • Injury Report

      Q1. Who can file for Service Injury Report?
      A1. Any serviceman regardless of Regular or NSF (inclusive of DXO) can apply for Service Injury Report.


      Q2. How long does the unit take to process the Injury Report?
      A2. The unit is to submit the completed Injury Report within 3 weeks to PersNode.


      Q3. Who will inform the serviceman when the Service Injury is approved?
      A3. PersNode will inform the serviceman once the Approval of Service Injury letter from HRSC arrives.

      Edited by eac 29 Mar `16, 7:27PM
  • Almond Cookies's Avatar
    1,679 posts since Apr '11
    • Deferment and Disruption

      Q1. What is the difference between deferment and disruption?
      A1. Deferment occurs before one enlists while disruption occurs during the course of National Service.
      (i)One is eligible for deferment to continue his studies if he fulfills the necessary criteria.
      (ii)One is eligible for disruption for GCE ‘A’ Levels/Local Medicine Studies if he fulfills the necessary criteria (refer to the disruption for GCE ‘A’ Levels below[1a & 1b]).

      Q1a. What are the criteria for one to disrupt National Service (NS) to retake GCE ‘A’ Levels (Local)?
      A1a. To retake GCE ‘A’ Levels, one must meet one of the two following criteria :
      (i)A fail in General Paper (GP), i.e. score of ‘S’ and below,
      (ii)A fail in 2 or more H2 subjects, i.e. score of ‘S’ and below.


      Q1b. How can one go applying for disruption?
      A1b. The servicemen must first seek approval from the school to take him in for the retake. Then, with the letter of confirmation from the school, he must submit it to the Recruit Management for processing purposes. Once the application is processed, NSREC will inform Recruit Management of the outcome. Servicemen will be notified of the outcome thereafter, and any out-processing needed will be carried out (exchange of SAF 11B for NRIC, overpayment and etc.).


      Q2. Where can one enquire/apply for deferment?
      A2. As mentioned earlier, since deferment occurs before one enlists, one should contact CMPB to enquire/apply for it. One can call the NS Call Centre: 1800 3676767 should he want to enquire/apply for it.

      Edited by eac 29 Mar `16, 7:28PM
  • TTFU's Avatar
    6,124 posts since Mar '10
    • Selection for Command School (OCS, SCS)

       

      Q1. Does BMTC does a selection for Command School?
      A1. No, BMTC is not involved in the selection process. We only conduct BMT, i.e. IPPT, SOC, BTP, IFC, Hand Grenade Throw, SIT Test, Field Camp, Route March and etc.


      Q2. What is the selection criteria for OCS/SCS?
      A2. It is every aspect of BMT, like the MAPAS, training, education level, medical status, peer appraisal, SIT Test, EI End that constitutes to the selection. CPC and NSPD consolidates the results and the selection is done after evaluating the results.


      Q3. How does a trainee go about submitting an appeal to Command School if he is not selected?

      A3. The serviceman must report to his new unit and request for an interview with his superior to put through his interest to be considered for Command School.

      Edited by eac 29 Mar `16, 7:29PM
  • sean29's Avatar
    147 posts since Nov '09
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    6,124 posts since Mar '10
    • Applying for University and Scholarship Interviews

       

      Q1. Can time off be allowed for trainees to attend interview during BMT?
      A1. No time off will be given. Interviews cannot interfere with the training programme. Trainees are advised to rescheduled their interview to their block leave period after BMT.

      Q2. What if the date has been set by the university and it is difficult to request for a change of date?
      A2. Applicants are to inform the university that they are undergoing BMT and are unable to attend and to reschedule their interview during the BMT block leave period. MINDEF NSPD will inform a representative for the respective university to accommodate the request. The date will be changed accordingly.

      Q3. The application is to a foreign university and the university has brought in overseas personnel to Singapore to conduct the interview on a specific date. As such, the date is hard to reschedule. Can time off be given?
      A3. No time off will be allowed. The applicants must arrange to reschedule the date themselves if possible, but trainees will not be released for the interview even if the date of the interview cannot be changed.

      Edited by eac 29 Mar `16, 7:30PM
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    7 posts since Jun '11
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  • viper89's Avatar
    5 posts since Jul '11
    • hi all, i will be enlisting on this Aug 1st for 9weeks bmtc.. but i was wondering which sch or coy will i be in.. i check the mindef website but i dont think its clear.. so wondering if anyone currently knows which coy is empty in bmtc? thanks :)

  • Kiwihamster85's Avatar
    8 posts since Apr '11
    • Hmm..seems like this coming Aug got quite a few intake at different dates. Got Aug 1st, Aug 2nd, and Aug 3rd and so on.

      Me is enlisting on Aug 2nd.

      Viper89, your pes is?

  • viper89's Avatar
    5 posts since Jul '11
    • hi kiwihamster85, mine is pes A.. wat about you?

      9 weeks bmt will confirm v rush, i heard from my frens who intake enhance batch last round, their 2nd day test ippt already.. gonna be tough i guess..

  • Doubtschoo's Avatar
    1 post since Jul '11
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      FAQs (General)

       

      Q1. Are the recruits allowed to use their handphones in camp?
      A1. Yes, they are allowed to do so during their free time after meals and between lessons. However, they are not allowed to bring handphone chargers to camp. This is to prevent electrical overloads if too many recruits charge their handphones at any one time. Instead, they are advised to bring additional handphone batteries.


      Q2. Will the recruits get to book out every weekend?
      A2. No, it depends on their training schedule. An example is the initial two-weekends adjustment period where recruits are adapting to military life and will not be able to book out.


      Q3. Why are recruits not allowed to board and alight from vehicles outside SAF Ferry terminal?
      A3. The road outside SAF Ferry Terminal is very narrow, as such, alighting outside SAF Ferry Terminal will be a road hazard and pose a danger to the recruits. To ensure the safety of recruits, we have catered for scheduled buses to ferry the recruits to and from Pasir Ris Bus Interchange.


      Q4. Can the recruits go for overseas holidays during the block leave period?
      A4. Yes, however, some of them may have to stay back for make-up training or to perform scheduled regimental duties. They have to seek their commanders’ advice prior to making any arrangements for overseas holidays during this period.

      Q5. What are the telephone numbers to call in case of an emergency (e.g. NOK warded in ICU)?
      A5. Your son will provide you with a company assignment slip. It includes the contact number of the Company Office. In the event of an emergency, you can call your son’s Company Office. Alternatively, you may also call the Ops Room which is manned 24 hours. Additionally, you can click the ‘Contact Us’ on our sub-page to view important contact numbers.

      Q6. Where will recruits be posted to after their BMT?
      A6. The recruits may be posted to either Command Schools (e.g. Officer Cadet School or Specialist Cadet School) or other training Schools where they continue with their next phase of vocation training, e.g. as medics, signallers or admin support/supply assistants.


      Q7. Is there such a thing as the “Tekong Cough”?
      A7. We would like to assure that there is no form of infection that is specific to the island. Nevertheless, it is known that any increase in physical stress can affect a person’s susceptibility to infections. New recruits also require time to acclimatize to Tekong’s weather and communal living with common spaces. The SAF Medical Corps conducts regular respiratory disease surveillances on Pulau Tekong, and there is no evidence that the incidence of cough or other respiratory infections on the island are higher.


      Q8. Is the tap water in Pulau Tekong safe to drink?
      A8. The water supply in Pulau Tekong is subjected to the same standards as that on mainland Singapore. The Public Utilities Board (PUB) performs regular testing of the water on Pulau Tekong, which is piped from the mainland. Water tanks on the island are also washed and maintained regularly by a certified contractor.

      Edited by eac 29 Mar `16, 7:32PM
  • bakchew's Avatar
    9 posts since Jul '11
    • Use of Religious Apparels

      Q1. Are the use of Religious/Cultural Apparels allowed in the SAF?
      A1. No, they are not as long as they are visible and it affects one’s performance, safety, hygiene and uniformity and image of the SAF (Chapter 2, Section 2.33 of G1’s Army Dress Instructions).


      Q2. On what occasion is one allowed to wear the Religious/Cultural Apparels?
      A2. One is allowed to wear as long as they are not in the SAF uniform and when they are outside of camp. The use of such apparels are strictly not allowed in camps and during training.

      Edited by eac 29 Mar `16, 7:33PM
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