Camp Siongco, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao – Among a thousand who aspired to join the Philippine Army, 314 were qualified to be Candidate Soldiers and took oath before 6ID Commander Major General Edmundo R. Pangilinan at the 6ID Grandstand this morning.
The applicants went through rigid screening and series of examinations to ensure that the recruitment process is strictly followed and the most competent and the toughest candidates are recruited before they were qualified to join the military training.
After their oath, the candidate soldiers will be sent to 6th Division Training School at Brgy Semba, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguidanao for a more than 20-week series of rigid military trainings. The group is composed of 290 males and 24 females from the provinces of North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao and from other parts of Mindanao.
From the 24 females, 14 are quota from 1st Infantry Division. The leadership of 1ID personally choose the training school of 6ID to train their female recruits as 6DTS is the best division training school in the whole Philippine Army.
The training will be in two phases: the first part is the Basic Soldiery Training and the second phase is the Jungle Warfare and Mountain Operations Course. The candidate soldiers will go through an abrupt change on their personal lifestyle particularly the acculturation into the military routine from their civilian antics.
“We want the candidate soldiers not to bleed in the battle, we want them to live and be able to go back to their family, to retire and enjoy the good life after,” Major General Pangilinan said.
The Commander is very optimistic that the 314 aspirants will be honed to become disciplined, well-trained and strong soldiers that will contribute mainly in the peace initiatives in the Armed Forces of the Philippines as a whole.