By LITO RULONA
Around 2,000 applicants have taken the Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test (AFPSAT) examination at the 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, Camp Evangelista, Barangay Patag, this city, last week.
The examination was conducted as part of the 3-day AFPSAT and AQE/SWE examination from June 19 to 21 initiated by the Army Recruitment Office Mindanao (Arom) and the personnel office of 4ID.
The examinees were applicants coming from Regions 9, 10, 11, Caraga, and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. These young individuals took the challenge of answering the 150 AFPSAT questions consists of verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning.
In a press statement, Kate Marice Dumaquit, 21, a MedTech graduate from Manoto, Quezon, Bukidnon said, “I am chasing my dreams and I don’t want this opportunity to pass. I want to join the Army to help my community and explore the life of our modern day heroes. The salary and good compensation for me is just a bonus.”
“Sir, keep inspiring the youth and thank you very much for the good service of 4ID troopers,” Dumaquit added.
Major Deo R Martinez, Chief Arom said, “We are overwhelmed by the number of determined examinees who came to take the AFPSAT. We started screening as early as 6 am but until 8 pm, there are still hundreds of applicants who refuse to leave the camp just to get a chance to take the exam. This shows how determined and committed they are of attaining their dreams to join the Army.”
“We are expecting more applicants who will take the exam. We are also confident that we will be able to select the best and the brightest aspirants and meet the quota for the calendar year 2019,” Martinez added.
Martinez also emphasized that they need to get 56 points to pass and qualify for the Candidate Soldier Course and 88 points for the Officer Candidate Course and Officer Preparatory Course.
Major Gen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, commander of 4ID said, “I am happy to see that we have an overwhelming number of Army applicants who aspire to serve our country by joining the noble profession of arms.