Capas, Tarlac– The Philippine Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), under Brig. Gen. Casiano C. Monilla welcomed one hundred ten (110) strong students of special enlistment in an opening ceremony at the TRADOC Grandstand in Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac yesterday afternoon March 2, 2017.
The said special enlistees who are composed of highly skilled professionals and athletes will undergo 6 months rigorous military training at the School for Candidate Soldier, TRADOC under its Commandant Col. Radito Sese.
The following are the professional sports and skills of the students: Martial artists, basketball, volleyball and badminton players, marathoners, dragon boat, musicians, computer programmers, researchers, welders, electricians, drivers and many other skills.
The 6-month training will equip the students the needed education and skills that an individual needs in serving the country as a soldier. After graduation, they will join the Philippine Army’s Special Services. They will continue their passion as athletes and skilled professionals.
During the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Monilla congratulated the students for joining the noble profession of arms. He said that the training is a reward in itself in his message. “It will hone your knowledge and skills of basic soldiery and develop your competence as you prepare to be the defender of our constitution and our nation. These training exercises are not designed to make your life difficult but to ensure that you develop the discipline required of a professional soldier who obeys orders and accomplish missions”. Brig. Gen. Monilla said
The reception rite was witnessed by some relatives and loved ones of the students.
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Capas, Tarlac– The ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM) 2016 kicked off after the joint flag raising ceremony of combat shooting contingents from (10) ASEAN countries at the AARM Grandstand in Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac at 7:30 a.m., November 21, 2016. The competing contingents are Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunie, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia. After the flag raising ceremony, the army shooters started their controlled practice at the machine gun and pistol ranges. This international combat shooting event will culminate on December 7, 2016.
Commanding General Philippine Army Lt. Gen. Eduardo M. Año was the guest of honor and speaker during the ceremony. Gen. Año, was accompanied by the Task Force AARM Commander Brig. Gen.Herminigildo Franciso C. Aquino and members of the Executive Committee. The contingents were led by respective contingent commanders in honoring the flag of the member-state.
During the speech, Gen. Año said that champions are not born but they are made. “To be a champion, one must have the dream and the will”, Gen. Año said.
Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Aquino who is also the Commander of the Philippine Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), highlighted that this international event will help improve the capabilities of the soldiers as they are exposed in an international shooting match against the best armies in Asia. “Aside from promoting the goodwill and cooperation, the Philippine army soldiers will be able to showcase their marksmanship skills”. Brig. Gen. Aquino said.
The AARM is an annual combat shooting competition of ASEAN armies.
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