Restriction On Use Of Fitness And Recreation Facilities On Weekends For Security Purposes

The use of fitness and recreation facilities in camps – such as swimming pools and gyms – by National Servicemen (NSmen) should be restricted to allocated time slots on weekdays for security purposes, said Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen on Monday (Feb 23).

“These camps should only be accessed by authorised personnel to minimise the risk of sabotage or loss of information and equipment which could compromise the safety and security of our soldiers and citizens,” said Dr Ng in a written response to a question from NCMP Lina Chiam.

He added that SAFRA clubhouses were equipped with swimming pools and gyms to support the fitness training of NSmen preparing for their In-Camp Training (ICT). For example, SAFRA EnergyOne gyms offer preparatory training courses, designed by fitness experts, to help NSmen improve their Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) performance.

The IPPT Preparatory Training (IPT) – for NSmen who need additional help in their IPPT- will also be extended to other venues, such as public parks through the “IPT in the Park” initiative, to provide greater convenience for NSmen, said Dr Ng.

Such initiatives would provide support for NSmen seeking fitness training while ensuring the safety of SAF camps, he added.



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