By Francis Wakefield
The Philippine Army (PA) today said it has opened the recruitment of 6,100 new soldiers this year to strengthen its forces against insurgency and terrorism.
Philippine Army spokesman Lt. Col. Louie D. Villanueva said the service command recently approved the opening of 3,600 annual regular quota and an additional 2,500 for 2018. A total of 6,100 slots are now open.
Out of the total number of recruits, five percent is allocated for female recruits and another five percent from the indigenous peoples.
According to Villanueva, the additional quota recruits will be filling up the troop requirements for the conceptualized activation of 10 new Infantry Battalions and one Scout Ranger Battalion (SRB).
Villanueva said that as of today, seven out of the 10 Infantry Battalions and the Scout Ranger Battalion have already been activated.
“These additional Army units aim to further strengthen the Army’s capability in addressing the various threats, particularly terrorism besetting the country,” he said.
Villanueva said the recruitment is now ongoing and the training will start not later than June 2018. Interested applicants may visit the Army recruitment centers located in three major areas namely: Cagayan De Oro City, Cebu City, and Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. They may also browse the Philippine Army website or visit the nearest Army base in their respective localities for inquiries.
The Philippine Army will prioritize its recruitment in the following order:
· Graduates of Military Science 43 and Advance ROTC;
· College graduates;
· Those with 72 units and up in college;
· High school graduates but possess technical and vocational skills needed by the Philippine Army.
An applicant must be a natural born Filipino citizen; at least 18 to 25 years old on the date of appointment as candidate soldier; at least 5’0″ or 60 inches in height; single and without child; of good moral character; passed the Philippine Army Aptitude Test Battery / Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test; passed the prequalifying physical fitness test and physical medical exam; and must be physically and mentally fit for military training.
“With the current efforts of the Army to further build up its force, there is a good opportunity that has been opened for our youth and everyone who would like to serve the country. Soldiery is a noble profession that is not only different and worthwhile, but also offers continuous growth and career development,” Villanueva said.
Villanueva said the Philippine Army, under the stewardship of Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, aims to continue its mission of developing a modern Army that is responsive and capable of addressing threats against its people and the sovereignty of the country.