By Francis Wakefield
The Philippine Army (PA) welcomes a new batch of Scout Rangers and snipers during the Joint Closing Ceremony of Scout Ranger Course Class 206-2018 and Scout Sniper Course Class 25-2018 at Camp Tecson, San Miguel Bulacan, on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.
Brig. Gen. William N. Gonzales, the Commander of the First Scout Ranger Regiment, Philippine Army, presided over the joint closing ceremony.
Philippine Army Chief Lt. Gen. Alberto S. Macairog with the guest speaker Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde, led the pinning of Scout Ranger and Scout Sniper Badges to the graduates.
The 129 new Scout Rangers from the Philippine Army is composed of 58 students from the First Scout Ranger Regiment (FSSR), four from the Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) (SFRA), 14 from the Light Reaction Regiment, four from the AFP Special Operations Command, and 49 from various Infantry Divisions.
On the other hand, the 21 new snipers include 15 from the FSRR, one from the SFRA and five form various Infantry Divisions. In addition to the class of SR 206-2018, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) has one graduate while the Philippine National Police (PNP) has 16, bringing the total number of graduates to 146.
The students from the SR 206-2018 class underwent 10 months and one day of training while those from the SS25-2018 class went on seven months and three days of training.
In his speech, Alberto stressed to the members of the regiment to maintain the highest standard of discipline.
“Fight the way we trained and train the way we fight,” he said.
Army Spokesman Lt. Col. Louie Villanueva, said the event emphasized the success of the Philippine Army’s objectives in producing an agile force.
“Making highly disciplined rangers and snipers that stand for the Army’s core values of honor, patriotism and duty, the graduates set out to serve the country and secure the land,” he said.