This is a true story: one day, BuffLord95 took half a day off even when his IPPT was in the evening.
As his nickname suggests, he’s really fit: in fact, once, our boss asked him how many push-ups he did for his last IPPT in camp and he said indifferently, “Maximum.”
With a gold badge on his uniform, we expected him to be $500 richer soon. But he came to the office the next day, fuming with so much anger that we thought it was that time of the month for him.
“I didn’t get Gold,” he admitted.
And all of a sudden, all the old NSmen in the office said, “It’s the cheesepie push-up, right?
“Yeah, it’s the cheesepie push-up! I did like 60 to 70 but many didn’t count!”
I feel for him. As a fellow NSman, I, too, experienced this before.
Electronic IPPT Scoring System
Lest you’re not aware, NSmen (people who have served our two-year NS and are still required to go back for ten cycles of reservist) like us need to go for our annual fitness test. If we perform well, we can get cash incentive; if we didn’t pass, we’d have to attend 20 sessions of physical fitness training the next year.
Here’s a video we’ve done on the obligations an NSman need to fulfil:
The physical fitness test comprises three stations: push-ups, sit-ups and a 2.4km run.
We can only take our tests in a few camps, and these camps have very high-tech machines that automatically count our scores.
For example, for sit-ups, we’ll lie on a machine and when we sit up, the machine will detect our body movement.
The machine’s so high-tech, it can detect movements that are…wrong.
For example, if you do a sit-up and your elbow did not touch your knee, the machine will know and will say something like “Touch your elbow”.
We do not have much issue with the sit-up machine since we’ve been using it for quite a while; but the push-up machine is a different story altogether.