Army activates new Scout Ranger unit

The Philippine Army activated a new unit of Scout Rangers, the 21st Scout Ranger Company (SRC) on April 10 at Camp Tecson in Bulacan.

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Philippine Army commanding general Lieutenant General Macairog S. Alberto led the activation ceremony. The Army chief also led the groundbreaking ceremony for the new unit’s barracks and the renaming of the Scout Ranger Training School to Scout Ranger School (SRS).

According to Army, 21st SRC’s activation enhances the warfighting competency of the Scout Rangers. It added that the two-story barracks for the 21st SRC will have a building cost of about 10 million pesos.

“All these developments point to the growing capability of the First Scout Ranger Regiment (FSRR) in terms of manpower, facilities and the organization. Furthermore, these affirm the solid commitment of the Philippine Army to support and sustain the might and capabilities of the FSRR,” Lieutenant General Alberto said.

“The First Scout Ranger Regiment specializes in anti-guerrilla jungle warfare, raids, ambushes, close quarters combat, urban warfare, and sabotage. They commonly operate against terrorist groups such as the Abu Sayyaf,” the Army said.