Posted to the Philippine Information Agency Website (Jun 6, 2019): New breed of candidate soldiers take oath to serve country
CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur -- The 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army officially opened the three batches of Candidate Soldier Course Classes 592,593 and 594-2019 at the hallowed grounds of the Tabak Troopers here recently, with 663 new candidate soldiers.
The three batches of CSC 592, 593 and 594 are composed of 608 males and 55 females. They were selected by the Division Candidate Soldier Selection Board based on their physical, medical, and psychological fitness to undergo sixteen (16) weeks rigid military training to be conducted by the 1st Division Training School (1DTS).
The military training will transform them from carefree civilians to brave and tough soldiers and will also mold them into competent, confident and well-disciplined soldiers guided by the Army Core Values of honor, patriotism, and duty adhering to the rule of law, human rights, and international humanitarian law.
After the oath taking rites and opening ceremony with Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, the 1DTS training directorate headed by LTC Renante D. Besa, received the candidate soldiers through a reception rite that signaled the start of their military life.
“The best training program in the world is absolutely worthless without the will to execute it properly, consistently, and with intensity. This 4 to 5 months training will transform you from being “boys” into “gentlemen” and “girls” into “ladies” and instill in you the military doctrines and the Army tactics and procedures that will mold you into a reliable and responsive member of an Infantry squad committed to accomplishing the unit’s mission,” said Brigadier General Roberto Ancan AFP, 1ID Commander.
“Your new journey has just begun. Finish the training and prove your worth to be part of the Philippine Army that uphold the virtues of the Armed forces of the Philippines and perform with pride and honor in serving the people and securing the land,” BGen Ancan encouraged the new soldiers. (ALT-PIA9/Zamboanga Sibugay/1ID Press Release)