By LITO RULONA
AT least 251 applicants to become members of the Philippine Army took their oath at 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, Camp Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City last Tuesday afternoon.
In a press statement, the Candidate Soldier Selection Board (CSSB) recommended to the commander of 4ID the latest batch composed of 236 males and 15 females coming from Regions 9, 10, 11 and Caraga.
According to CSSB, the applicants underwent a comprehensive and competitive selection process which includes passing the written, physical and medical exams, trade test, board interviews and completed the basic clearances from various government agencies.
The 251 is coming from the 558 applicants. The qualifier complied with the requirements, competed all the tests and performed their best in order to be included in the Calendar Year 2019 quota for the Candidate Soldier Course.
The Candidate Soldiers will undergo six-months of intensive military training. CSSB observed that an increasing number of applicants wanted to join the noble profession of arms and serve their country. There is also an increasing number of inquiries about the coming schedules for the next batches of Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test.
Major Gen. Franco Nemesio M. Gacal, 4ID commander said, “This is a welcome infusion of younger generation who has the burning desire to become professional soldiers in the Philippine Army.
The Division Training School will properly train and transform candidates that will significantly contribute to the government’s campaign of ending local communist armed conflict in Regions 10 and Caraga.
“4ID will carry on with its campaign to sustain the peace in the area. There will be no let-up in our operations until Communist NPA Terrorists surrender and avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program,” Gacal said.