By Francis Wakefield
The Philippine Army Candidate Soldier Course Class 538-18 composed of two 248 able-bodied Filipinos formally closed Tuesday at the 8th Infantry Division Grandstand, Camp Lukban, Barangay Maulong, Catbalogan City, Samar.
The closing ceremony was graced by a former soldier himself, Alang-Alang, Leyte Mayor Reynaldo B. Capon, Sr., who was the Guest of Honor and Speaker.
Capon also led the ceremonial entrustment of firearms, distribution of certificates, and individual achievements to the new soldiers. The entrustment of firearms to the 248 newly enlisted privates symbolizes their acceptance of responsibilities and commitment to the people and country.
In his inspirational message, Capon reminded the soldiers to love their job with utmost dedication, nurture a harmonious relationship with comrades and the people in the community wherever they may be assigned.
He also reminded them to avoid getting involved in any misconduct that will tarnish their image.
On the other hand, Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio, 8th ID Commander, congratulated the 248 young men who he said in their youthful days arrived at one of the most difficult decisions in their lives and that is to join the noble profession of arms.”
Farnacio congratulated and thanked the families, relatives, and friends of the newly enlisted privates for their support and trust to the 8th ID.