From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 6): 135 candidate soldiers to beef up security strength in Mindanao
Brig. Gen. Francisco F. Mendoza, Jr, Commander, 802nd Infantry (Peerless) Brigade, Philippine Army swore in some 135 candidate soldiers June 1, at the Stormtroopers Jungle Base, Camp Eugenio Daza, Barangay Fatima, Hinabangan, Samar.
Mendoza was also the Keynote Speaker.
Of the 135 candidate soldiers, 76 come from Samar, 32 from Leyte and Southern Leyte; four from Bohol; eight from Luzon; and 15 from the island of Mindanao. Three of them are licensed professionals; 18 are college graduates and most reached high school level with skills obtained from TESDA.
The would-be soldiers will be trained for six months in basic military training and tactics and will serve as additional soldiers that will beef-up the personnel strength of the whole 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division to include the Infantry Battalions deployed in Mindanao.
Brig. Gen. Francisco F Mendoza, Jr in his message said, “Inaasahan ko na kayong lahat, pagkalipas ng anim na buwan ay kumpleto kayong magtatapos at taas noo ninyong haharapin ang inyong graduation at ang inyong panunumpa bilang mga newly enlisted privates ng Hukbong Katihan ng Pilipinas.”
The army officer added, “At inaasahan ko rin, kapag kayo ay naging ganap na sundalo ng Philippine Army, ay matatapos ninyo ang inyong serbisyo ng buong husay at nang buong katapatan. Yan ang hamon na iiwan ko sa inyo bilang mga susunod na magigiting naming sundalo.” the general added.