Wednesday, August 25, 2010

More Bicolanos are Attracted to Join the Military Service

New soldiers enjoying the company of their families and friends whom they missed for sometime while they undergo a rigorous training to become "professional public servants".

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – More and more Bicolano youth are attracted to join the military service as indicated by the influx of young men who line up for enlistment in the Army, a military official said.

Brigadier General Celso Silvestre, Assistant Division Commander of the 9th ID, said today, that due to the excellent performance of the Philippine Army in Bicol especially in its peace and development programs, thousands of young Bicolanos apply for enlistment every year.

“We are very proud about this is the new trend in our recruitment efforts. The 9th Infantry Division is not short of applicants to fill its ranks as we carry out our difficult task of ending the communist insurgency in the Bicol Region,” said Silvestre, the Guest Speaker during the closing ceremonies of the Basic Military Training held here today.

Three hundred fifty Candidate Soldiers successfully hurdled the 3-month long rigorous military training and took an oath as a member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines with the rank of Private.

Silvestre said that the newly enlisted soldiers will be given additional military training which will take at least two months to complete.

“These soldiers will be trained on counter-guerilla operations as well as in performing non-traditional military roles such as disaster response operations,” said Silvestre.

Nasser Buban, 22, is among the Bicolano soldiers who finished the training. Reared by a middle class family in Sorsogon, he said that his childhood dream was to become a soldier.

“I finished my advanced ROTC course along with my college degree because I really wanted to become a soldier. I believe that I can make a difference by serving our country as a Filipino soldier,” said Buban, who also intends to become a Scout Ranger.

Some of the trainees are also motivated by the attractive salary that the soldiers receive. Many of them are college drop-outs who cannot sustain their studies due to the financial constraints.

Amando Bermudo, 21, from Ocampo town, Camarines Sur said that he joined the military because his parents can no longer finance his college education.

“Through the military service, I can not only help my family but also the Filipino people as a whole,” said Bermudo, a 2nd year college student of a local school here.

An Army Private receives at least P18,000.000 gross monthly salary. Soldiers are entitled to receive salary increases that will be granted gradually up to the calendar year 2012.

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