AROUND 300 new Philippine Army recruits were sworn in Thursday by Army’s Fourth Infantry Division (4th ID) Commanding General Mario F. Chan.

The recruits will be transported to the 4th Division Training Unit in Malaybalay City where they will be trained for 12 weeks, said Lt. Col. Triumph Dominic G. Bagaipo, 4th ID spokesperson.

Those who make it in the training will be part of the Philippine Army’s Candidate Soldier Course class 13-2010, Lt. Col. Bagaipo said.

While on training, the recruits will receive a base pay of P8,630.00; subsistence allowance of P2,790.00 and hazard pay of P240-a total of P11,660.00 per month.

“Their monthly salary and other benefits will increase once they become a full pledge soldier,” Bagaipo added.

In his message, Gen. Chan hailed the family of the new recruits because their loved ones “are now entering the profession of arms and will soon be a part of an organization that will serve as protectors of our nation and democracy.”

For the candidates, Chan wished them well, saying their performance in the training “will test their capacity how determined really hey are in joining the army.”

“It will test the mettle of what and who you are because your training is tough and difficult, he said. “But I guess you’re all ready and we’ll see each other by 12 weeks.”

The soon-to-be-soldiers will be assigned to different units under the areas of the 4th ID to replenish its ranks and maintain its strength against insurgents.

The oath-taking was held inside Camp Evangelista in Barangay Patag, Cagayan de Oro.

article by Annabelle L. Ricalde of Sun Star

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