Is SAF only <20% as fighting fit as ought to be?!!!
(>80% NSmen cannot even pass physical fitness test: the majority of whom even being medically declared too sickly/ permanently handicapped (injured) to even attempt
it once a year)Operationally-ready national servicemen (NSmen) running as part of IPPT Preparatory Training (IPT) programme in Maju Camp on Sept 8, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN -
Calculation:'300,000-plus operationally ready national servicemen (NSmen) who form the backbone of the SAF'
: [SAF bends and stretches over IPPT: My Paper; 01Jul2014
]'The 2010 figures from the Ministry of Defence - the most recent available - showed that half of the 116,000 NSmen who take the test annually fail it.
' [Tougher penalties for NSmen who skip IPPT; ST 31Oct2014
% of all NSmen who are able to just PASS IPPT=
[(116,000/2) / 300,000+] = <19.33333%
Or much less than 20% considering that denominator is in excess of 300,000 personnel.