CAMP SANG-AN, ZDS – Today, the Assistant Division Commander, Col. Jose Randolf M. Sino Cruz, spearheaded the ceremonial send-off of 105 newly appointed Privates to their new units held in front of the Division grandstand.
The new Privates are members of the Candidate Soldier Course Class 651-2020 who graduated last July 23, 2021, and had finished the Infantry Orientation Course (INFOC) at the 1st Division Training School (1DTS).
Col. Pompeyo Jason M. Almagro, the Division Chief of Staff, commended the 1DTS Commandant, Col. Jonathan Obena, who tirelessly trained and supervised the conduct of the pre-entry training and the INFOC for the new Privates.
The Chief of Staff is confident that the new Privates are now ready to face the real world, that they will overcome obstacles and challenges along the way, and will make a mark to the people they have sworn to serve and secure.
“We will now be sending you off to the real world where bullets will pierce body parts and draw real blood; where people we don’t know and haven’t met now become our enemies; enemies who are out there to kill us; and where our service to the country comes first before our own,” Col. Almagro said.
After six months of training, the new Privates are now capable of doing an infantryman’s job. But with the series of training, Col. Sino Cruz reminded them never to stop learning, seek to improve themselves, and put the welfare of others first.
“Expect to be a follower, and later as you gain the experience in your unit, you will have your own time to lead or be a leader,” said Col. Sino Cruz. “Commit yourselves to be the vehicle of peace, security, and development in Mindanao.”
The event ended with the ceremonial handshake and distribution of the rosary.
Further, before sending them off to their new units, the new Privates already received their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. This is in accordance with the intent of the 1ID commander, Maj. Gen. Gene M. Ponio, for all Tabak troopers to get vaccinated and work in a healthy and safe environment.