Three hundred twenty-two new Privates took oath as soldiers under Philippine Army 2nd Infantry ‘Jungle Fighter’ Division (2ID) on February 16 at Camp Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal.
Of 322 new soldiers who completed the five-month Candidate Soldier Course, 42 are members of Indigenous People (IP) of Cordillera under tribal groups of Isneg, Binongan, Kalinga and Kankanaey.
“Graduating from basic military training is no small thing, as new soldiers were properly nurtured with the basic knowledge and skills of soldiery in order to develop their character worthy to become members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP),” 2ID said.
“You must serve with diligence and great courage to defend our country against the enemy of the state,” 2ID commander Major General Rhoderick M. Parayno said.
2ID said the activity culminated with a symbolic entrustment of firearms to new privates with Hon. Jose B. Delos Santos, Vice- Mayor, Jalajala, Rizal together with other local government officials.
“This ceremonial entrustment of firearms will instill nationalism and service-oriented attitude among soldiers who willfully accepted the magnitude of the responsibility, duty and authority vested upon them in protecting the country and the Filipino people,” 2ID said.