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    Arrow [News] SAF suspends physical training for three days

    June 13, 2008

    SAF suspends physical training for three days
    Review of procedures to be conducted after a second death in two days
    By Teh Joo Lin & Jermyn Chow

    THE Singapore Armed Forces yesterday called an unprecedented three-day halt to all physical and endurance training within the military, following the death of a serviceman in Brunei, the second training fatality in two days.

    Until Saturday, the entire force of 300,000 active personnel and national servicemen will not be on obstacle courses, route marches or doing any fitness tests. Physically demanding field training is also out.

    The 'time-out' will allow the SAF to ensure that proper procedures are in place and being followed, said Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean, who yesterday extended his deep condolences to the families of the two 20- year-old servicemen who died this week.

    The latest fatality took place on Wednesday evening. A pilot trainee, Officer Cadet Clifton Lam Jia Hao, collapsed while undergoing jungle training in Brunei.

    In the earlier incident on Tuesday morning, Recruit Andrew Cheah Wei Siong fainted during a 2km walk in Pulau Tekong.

    Both servicemen received immediate medical attention and were evacuated by helicopter to hospital, where they later died.

    The Defence Ministry said that investigations are under way. Initial findings indicate that all safety procedures had been followed in both instances.

    Both men, recent polytechnic graduates, had cleared medical checks and were deemed fit for the respective training they were undergoing.

    Of the two, OCT Lam was fitter and had to meet more stringent health and fitness standards to qualify for pilot training.

    However, given the hot, humid conditions in the Brunei jungles, it is possible OCT Lam could have suffered heat stroke.

    Recruit Cheah, who enlisted last Thursday, was undergoing an enhanced 15-week basic military training programme meant for mildly obese recruits.

    The fatalities will again put the spotlight on sudden deaths of otherwise healthy young men. The issue was raised in Parliament three years ago, also after two servicemen died in quick succession.

    At the time, Mr Teo said that 19 SAF personnel had died of sudden heart attacks in the preceding nine years, including five who collapsed during training.

    Despite thorough health screening, safety measures and medical support in training, such deaths 'cannot be completely prevented', he said then.

    On the decision to suspend training, Dr Bernard Loo, a specialist in defence studies at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, said that it would 'soothe public concerns over the safety of trainees'.

    He added that safety regulations here were already among the most stringent in the world and comparable to those of the military in the United States and Britain.

    MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC and deputy chairman of the GPC for Defence and Foreign Affairs Michael Palmer said the three-day time-out will allow the SAF to take stock, as medical conditions can be missed at medical check-ups and troops can be tired and make mistakes.

    He added that it would be good to make public the findings of the three-day review to help assure parents whose sons are serving National Service.

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    During my time 10+ years ago, never heard of any such news & training was tougher then
    I think the main concern is the unhealthy lifestyle that young men is having now.
    More junks food that causes the vein in the heart to get narrow & blocked suddenly during training.
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    The scariest thing would be old uncles doing their IPPT 2.4km run. Heavy smokers, heavy drinkers, favourite food char kway teow, the most stringent exercise they have done for the year is to walk across carpark to their cars. Then they run like mad in order to escape RT.

    A recipe for disaster.

    But I agree- Singaporeans are different now. Affluence and a sedentary lifestyle must lead to changes in army doctrine.

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    A very close friend of mine passed away during our NS days in 1994. Also in the Brunei jungles. He died of heat stroke as a result of delayed evacuation. It was such a hush hush affair back then... Only a small paragraph was published in the Straits Times stating the mere fact that an NSF died in training in Brunei... training SOPs and directives amended and reviewed and amended and reviewed, and now 14 years on, still going to review... just that now, got 3 days completely no training for SAF to review... haiz... I can feel the heartache of losing a close friend all over again... Hope the close ones of the two deceased servicemen are strong enough to cope well...
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    Default Re: [News] SAF suspends physical training for three days

    Quote Originally Posted by jeremyW View Post
    The scariest thing would be old uncles doing their IPPT 2.4km run. Heavy smokers, heavy drinkers, favourite food char kway teow, the most stringent exercise they have done for the year is to walk across carpark to their cars. Then they run like mad in order to escape RT.

    A recipe for disaster.

    But I agree- Singaporeans are different now. Affluence and a sedentary lifestyle must lead to changes in army doctrine.
    but most of the uncles are still ok! *AHEM!*


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    Default Re: [News] SAF suspends physical training for three days

    no system is ever perfect or fool proof one.
    sometimes accidents/bad things do happen even though you take all the necessary precautions.
    thats when you say "sh*t happens".
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    Arrow Re: [News] SAF suspends physical training for three days

    RT at FCC got cancel for these three days ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtemujin View Post
    RT at FCC got cancel for these three days ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitman View Post
    Bingo!
    Ha ha.
    All the memories come back liao.
    I'm going for reservist on 16 June onwards.
    The 3 day "ban" on PT no effect.
    Anyway can pass lah.

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    our NS physical training may not be as tough as it was, bu the last 2 decades saw lots of change in climate (warmer temperatures), rise of many ailments (mostly cancers) & increase pollution (remember news saying flowers dun smell like they used to).

    so now supposedly healthy people dropping dead like flies should be seriously looked into after our pre-occupation with myopia!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremyW View Post
    The scariest thing would be old uncles doing their IPPT 2.4km run. Heavy smokers, heavy drinkers, favourite food char kway teow, the most stringent exercise they have done for the year is to walk across carpark to their cars. Then they run like mad in order to escape RT.

    A recipe for disaster.

    But I agree- Singaporeans are different now. Affluence and a sedentary lifestyle must lead to changes in army doctrine.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesecake View Post
    but most of the uncles are still ok! *AHEM!*


    zai one!!!! no RT!! CHIONG AH!!!
    Yeah! most uncle still ok! No problem at all! Now Singaporean boys too weak. Example, we set up an orientation structure of a monkey bridge for recruitment at my secondary school about 10 years ago, and all the sec 1 boys don't even dare to climb up to take a walk. All the sec 1 girls wanted to try. Who got no balls?


    Quote Originally Posted by sORe-EyEz View Post
    our NS physical training may not be as tough as it was, bu the last 2 decades saw lots of change in climate (warmer temperatures), rise of many ailments (mostly cancers) & increase pollution (remember news saying flowers dun smell like they used to).

    so now supposedly healthy people dropping dead like flies should be seriously looked into after our pre-occupation with myopia!
    Well, I still got perfect eyesight, though i can't say about other people, cause most wearing spectacles or contact lens.

    While there are environmental changes, the boys should start training from young, instead of just during NS. Too much video games, computer and tv stuff, and not enough time spent running outdoors. perhaps we should all get Wii training in school. At least got more exercises.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blive View Post
    Well, I still got perfect eyesight, though i can't say about other people, cause most wearing spectacles or contact lens.

    While there are environmental changes, the boys should start training from young, instead of just during NS. Too much video games, computer and tv stuff, and not enough time spent running outdoors. perhaps we should all get Wii training in school. At least got more exercises.
    since when eye-sight was part of physical training?..

    i think you generalised today's youth abit too far. also, 3 decades of modernisation brought our living standards to great heights. can you bath, drink, wash & poop from the same river as other less developed country? the higher the standards of living, the lower immunity we have for germs?

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    Default Re: [News] SAF suspends physical training for three days

    Quote Originally Posted by jeremyW View Post
    The scariest thing would be old uncles doing their IPPT 2.4km run. Heavy smokers, heavy drinkers, favourite food char kway teow, the most stringent exercise they have done for the year is to walk across carpark to their cars. Then they run like mad in order to escape RT.

    A recipe for disaster.

    But I agree- Singaporeans are different now. Affluence and a sedentary lifestyle must lead to changes in army doctrine.
    Disagree with you, abt 8yrs ago, a uncle from Navy who is so healthy who swim everyday before I book in, jog after I book out and from what I know abt him is he does that almost everyday, take only healthy food, non smoker.... BUT one day during his jog, he just collapse and then past away.

    too much/over exercise for uncle and in fact everyone is not that good oso...
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