CAMP SANG-AN, ZDS—The Army’s 1st Infantry Division officially opens the Candidate Soldier Course Class 703-2021 today at the Tabak grandstand with Col. Rey Alemania, Commander of 2nd Mechanized Brigade, as keynote speaker.
The recruits will undergo a 16-week basic military training at the 1st Division Training School, where they will be molded and transformed into confident and competent soldiers who will preserve the Army’s fundamental values.
The new batch of candidate soldiers consists of 22 female and 138 male trainees.
Col. Norberto L. Agbay, the Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Chief of Staff, welcomed the new batch of trainees. In his remarks, he acknowledged the efforts of the officers and the 1st Division Training School who were in charge of the application and selection process.
Colonel Agbay also inspired the recruits to adapt to the changes they will experience in the coming weeks, living in a military environment.
“Today is the start of your journey as members of the AFP, and today marks the beginning of your military career,” said Colonel Agbay.
Senior Master Sgt. Melchor Bitara, the Division Sergeant Major, led the oath-taking of the candidate soldiers.
Meanwhile, Col. Rey Alemania, the Commander of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade and the ceremony’s keynote speaker, reminded the trainees that their entry to the Armed Forces of the Philippines requires their willingness to transition to a regimented military life.
“You have surrendered your rights, you have given up your personal choices, and today also marks that you will be subjected to military rules, military law, military policies, and everything under the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” he emphasized. He also added that the trainees might have different reasons for joining the ranks, but after the indoctrination and completion of their training, everyone will have only one reason—service.