Thursday, May 11, 2017

Army's ‘Tabak’ Division recruiting 500 soldiers

From the Philippine News Agency (May 11): Army's ‘Tabak’ Division recruiting 500 soldiers

The 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division, the "premier unit" of the Philippine Army, is recruiting 500 soldiers to beef up its forces as offensives continue against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and the Maute terror group.

Brig. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista, commander of the 1st Infantry Division, said the recruitment is part of the Philippine Army’s "transformation roadmap" to beef up its personnel nationwide.

For this year, the Philippine Army is set to recruit 10,000 personnel nationwide.

Bautista said that applications will be accepted starting this month. The oathtaking ceremony and training is scheduled to be held in October.

He said applications are open to all aspiring soldiers who must possess the following qualifications: natural-born citizen of the Philippines; at least 18 to 26 years old before the date of appointment as a candidate soldier; at least five feet in height; single and without a child; with good moral character; physically and mentally fit for military training; and, with at least 72 units in college, or, if a high school graduate, must possess technical skills needed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The candidate soldiers must pass the pre-qualifying physical fitness test and physical medical examination, and submit the following documents: original copy of Transcript of Record and Diploma for college graduates; Form 137 for high school graduates; and, original copy of birth certificate with official receipt from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

“All those who are interested can proceed to the nearest [Army] brigade and division headquarters for inquiries,” Bautista said.

The Philippine Army reiterates that no monetary requirement was set for the filing of application.

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