A total of 283 new soldiers, composed of 24 female and 259 male, successfully completed the 10 months rigid training in a closing ceremony held at the 1st Infantry Division Grandstand on May 10.
The graduates completed the Candidate Soldier Course at the 1st Division Training School (1DTS) in Upper Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga Del Sur.
Said training provided the candidate soldiers with the basic knowledge and skills of soldiery and developed their character into strong and lethal warrior members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
In his message, JTF ZamPeLan Commander Brigadier General Roberto T. Ancan, challenged the new soldiers to walk according to the living ideals of soldiery.
“Your journey has just begun, always uphold the virtues of the AFP and serve with pride and honor and do not forget to seek help and guidance from our God Almighty,” said BGen Ancan, the keynote speaker.
BGen Ancan also expressed an accolade of thanks to the family, especially the parents of the graduates who entrusted their sons and daughters to be part of the noble profession of arms, reminding them also that military life is a life of service and danger, but nonetheless a patriotic life that one could be proud of.
The new graduates will be deployed to the different field units under the administrative control of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, and will serve to further strengthen the forces of the division in fighting violence and terrorism and in sustaining the peace and development in Western Mindanao.WESTMINCOM