Closing Ceremony and Ceremonial Entrustment of Firearms

The 8th Infantry Division Philippine Army has recently conducted its Closing Ceremony of its Philippine Army Candidate Soldier Course (PACSC) Class 327-13 ctw Jungle Warfare and Mountain Operations Course (JWMOC) and the Ceremonial Entrustment of Firearms last December 12, 2013 with its Guest of Honor no less than 1st District Representative Congressman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento at Camp Lukban, Maulong, this city.

143 fresh graduates of the Army Candidate Soldier Course attended the said ceremony along with their proud parents and loved ones. The course was a twenty-week training that lasted from June to November 2013, that transformed and molded the new recruits from being “boys” into real ‘men”. The said intensive training program consisted of three (3) phases: Transformation Period, Basic Squad Training, and Application of Knowledge.

After the rigorous Basic Military Training, the said candidates underwent a 7-week specialization training on Jungle Warfare and Mountain Operations Course, which dealt with the following features: Basic Individual Survival and Combat Skills; Basic Combat Tactics, Techniques and Procedures; Special Operations; Basic Concept of Squad Operations and Employment; and Test and Application or Field Training Exercises. After completing and passing the rigid training, they are now enlisted into the Philippine Army with the rank of Private.

“This batch had a very significant role in responding to Yolanda’s rubbles as they not just 8ID Stormtroopers but Super Typhoon Troopers” says Rep. Sarmiento.

Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan participated in the ceremonial entrustment of firearms along with other guest and officials like Governor Sharee Ann T. delos Santos, Diocese of Calbayog Bishop Isabelo Abarquez, Private Sector Representative Alvin Laohoo, St. Mary’s College of Catbalogan representative, Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) representative and Office of the Presidential Affairs for Peace Process (OPPAP) representative Ms. Imelda Bonifacio.

 

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